Sunday, March 24, 2013


today I opened a Doug Aitken installation by performing with Terry Riley on the street in front of Seattle Art Museum with the Seattle Symphony, accompanied by some of my very best friends and most admired colleagues - including Paul Taub who took me to coffee at 19 and convinced me not to quit playing clarinet and leave seattle to pursue a life as a concert producer instead (I didn't think I was a good enough musician - a battle I'm sure I'll continue to fight my whole life, but luckily I learned what music is really about and now I know better)...and after that spectacular performance I went to work on some crystal beth with 7-piece band & 12-piece choir for the SJCE/Bushwick Book Club premiere at Town Hall next week 3/28 & 29.....I can't believe I'm celebrating 15 years in seattle this year - what an incredible place. I don't think there's anywhere else in the world that would allow me to be who I am so fully - in all its dynamic complexity. It's good to have a home. It's good to have a tribe. Music is the Best.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


it seems music is our first collective response in both deep tragedy and great celebration, universally....
I think that means it's fundamentally important to humanity.
Yep, I think so.
collective activation - expansion of presence
people need a way to deal with themselves
a way to deal with all of it
((( make some noise )))