Only 8 days left to fund the new project
With just a little over a week left to fund the new project, I felt it was time to once again reach out to you as a supporter of the... Read more
It's Time! Support the new project!
The new campaign reached an important benchmark on Sunday and we are actually in a very good place in terms of achieving our goal - more than 1/3 the way... Read more
Invitation to the Dances: Play on Words.
In coming up with a name for this project it occurred to me that I was inviting arts patrons to join me in the creation of some dances, which brought... Read more
Accept the Invitation to the Dances
To those who have already accepted Invitation to the Dances I'd like to send you a big "Thank You!"
If you have not yet gotten around to supporting this... Read more
An Appeal to Arts Patrons
You are an arts patron. I know this because you have supported my projects before. Please continue to show your support for the arts by helping me to commission six... Read more
Join us in reaching our first benchmark!
I'd like to invite you to join us in meeting our first benchmark of the new campaign. Help this project hit $2000 by Sunday, and help be a part of... Read more
Please Support the New Project
Last month I launched a project called the Central Florida Music Commissioning Project. It was a very ambitious project, perhaps a bit too ambitious, and didn't reach the goal. Today... Read more
Claim your piece of music history
While no one can predict what works of art will find their way into the canon certain artists are more likely to produce lasting works. The composers who I have... Read more
Please help support the new project: abbreviated version
For those who are too busy to read long posts, a summary of my my last one. I need your support to help me commission some important new music. Go... Read more
Please help support the new project: Long version
I'd like to appeal to all my past supporters to take a look at my exciting new project, The Central Florida Commissioning Project. This new project will result in... Read more
Hi to all my past supporters! I've just launched a campaign to raise funds for an exciting new project, the Central Florida Commissioning Project. Please follow the link and... Read more
Appeal for support
We are coming into the last few days of the campaign for my guitar students, and we need to raise a few hundred dollars! Please consider supporting the project to... Read more
Aeolian Plays "Loose" Canon
Here is a recording of Aeolian playing Pachelbel's "Loose" Canon. It's a fun piece and I know you will all enjoy it. This is the ensemble that is running... Read more
Call for Support
I'd like to encourage all my supporters to join me in supporting a Kickstarter campaign to help send a group of my students to a competition in Brownsville, Texas. Please... Read more
I just heard from the label today, and I finally got a release date. Unfortunately, it isn't until late February because the distributor (Naxos) has already closed out the pre-Christmas... Read more
GOT 'EM: rewards to follow!
I've just received the first shipment of CDs! The label has not yet announced an official release date, which typically is about 2 to 3 months after they receive the... Read more
Label Announces delay: Good news/bad news
The bad news first. Centaur Records has informed me that due to a variety of circumstances there will be a delay of one more month. This means that we probably... Read more
Centaur Records informs me that I should get my first box of CDs in a couple of weeks. It will then take a few months for the official release (I... Read more
I got the first proofs for the booklet and inlay from Centaur Records today. It all looks pretty good, with a few minor corrections needed. Also the label has opened... Read more
The video that some backers will be receiving is just about finished, and it looks great. This video features some historic information on the career and importance of Miguel Llobet,... Read more
I've just heard from Centaur Records, and the proofs for the insert in the recording should be ready "in the next several weeks." I'm a bit disappointed that it's... Read more
The last few stages were pretty rough. We listened deeply and heard minor glitches - some caused by the laws of physics, which meant we couldn't "fix" them, and some... Read more
I had what I hope will turn out to be my last session mastering the recording. On first listening, I'm happy with the result, so a few more passes and,... Read more
Project to be completed!
In my last post I mentioned that there are a few finishing touches to put on the recording, but that recording engineer Rick George wouldn't be available until after Halloween. ... Read more
I didn't want more than a month to go by without contacting my supporters. We've been having difficulties coordinating the insane schedules of my producer, Adam, (who was on tour... Read more
Live performance: a preview of "El Mestre"
I'll be giving a short concert at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lakeland on Friday, October 5 at 11:30 AM. This half hour performance will feature selections from the new... Read more
Interesting Llobet images
I've been a little uncommunicative for the past few weeks, but to tell the truth, there hasn't been much going on with the recording. I listened to the recording, and... Read more
View from Rick's recording console. Videographer Wade Gunn is seen toward the center of the photo, and I can be seen partly blocked by a sound panel toward the right.... Read more
Recording: Day 5
July 27:We spent a very long day on the 26th finishing the editing and beginning to master the recordings. I suppose that I should try to explain to the... Read more
Recording: Day 4
July 25: Last night we wrapped up the recording sessions. It was a long night, and we worked until 5 AM, but the results made it well worth the effort. ... Read more
Recording: Day 3
July 24:Another very productive night. We set up the recording gear in the chapel in record time and started playing by 9:30, working with only a few short breaks... Read more
Thank you Luke Swanhart for the photo of an handwritten manuscript of Llobet. It is an arrangement - unpublished as far as I know- of Robert Schumann's "First Sorrow"... Read more
Recording: Day 2
July 23: Day two in the recording process - or to me more accurate, night two, and we're more than half way there with the process. I spent this... Read more
Recording: Day 1
July 22:Last night was the first night of recording. We arrived at the Danforth Chapel at 8 PM, spent the next half hour dealing with a communication error, and... Read more
July 19: Some Photos
Here are a couple of photos taken back in June when we were doing the mic tests. Pictured in the photo is the large diaphragm MikTek CV4 microphone.
July 18, 8:25 A.M. $8000! We made it. Thanks to all of those who contributed, and all of those who encouraged their friends to contribute. I was confident that... Read more
July 16: Less than 3 days to go and almost there!
With less than 3 days left (57 hours as I post this update) we are 84% funded, with $6731 in pledges. There is no question that the goal will be... Read more
$4616. That's 57% of the goal. It's a bit nerve wracking, but I'm encouraged by having read a success story in which 2 days before the end they had... Read more
El Mestre, The Music of Miguel Llobet
July 1: We've hit $3325, which is about 41% of what we need to raise. Things are moving along slowly, but surely.
This campaign has been a real lesson on... Read more
El Mestre: the music of Miguel Llobet
June 28: I spent the day at the recording studio of Rick George, who will be recording me for the CD. We spent the morning listening to recordings of other... Read more
El Mestre, the Music of Miguel Llobet: Blog.
June 18: The campaign has launched! Day 1 and it's pretty exciting to me. In the meantime I'm woodshedding (practicing REAL hard) the music that I'll be recording, and... Read more