Two days later was my Senior Recital at the New School. My amazing family drove down from Montreal to come celebrate, and the turnout for the recital was better than I could have imagined. It made me realize how many great friends I've made in my little time in NY. I had the whole band + special guests play most of the large ensemble music that I've written in the last year or so. The band was:
Rhythm Section: Me(!) - guitar Arthur Hnatek - drums, Matt Rousseau - bass, Dominic Mekky - piano.
Trumpets: Ari Bragi Karason, Cody Rowlands, Sam Neufeld, Linton Smith, Francesco Fratini, Derek Ganong
Trombones: Alfredo Marques, Kurtis Muller, Matthew Hartnett, Andy Sharkey, Erik Saras
Woodwinds: Ilia Skibiinsky, Dillon Baiocchi, Yacine Boulares, Levon Henry, Sarah Safaie
Special guests: Marc Beland - drums, Dan Ellis-Ferris - voice, Dean Buck - conductor
We had Blake Martin on lead trumpet, Freddy Gonzalez on trombone, Michael Valeanu on guitar, and JJ Wright on piano at the UOTS gig, but unfortunately they couldn't make the senior recital.
Couple of notes: I had never played my own guitar parts with the band before which was both exhilarating and kind of strange. I was really fortunate to have Dean come in as a conductor for the rehearsals and the concert. I have to admit that my conducting skills are completely undeveloped. Dean is the man. If anyone needs a conductor, contact DEAN BUCK! I had to have Marc play drums with us, as I've made tons of music with him in the last couple of years, and watched/talked about too many Habs games to not have him on board. He's a total badass as well, in my humble opinion. I've been writing "songs" for the big band, and Dan was my guinea pig. I'm loving the process, and the result so far is spot on to what I'm imagining it will turn out to be. Dan is one of the few vocalists that I've ever met that can reproduce exactly what I ask of him. (I know this entry is just me speaking really highly of everyone so far, but I'm just being honest...)
Aside from the big band performances, I've been rehearsing for and playing on the recitals of 3 great friends and singers at school. I've already played on Emma Love's recital, and Eleanor Howe's recital, and am looking forward to playing Talia Billig's. I find the most joy in guitar playing accompanying singers than in anything else... Here's a shot from Emma's recital.
That's it for now...