I am a composer/guitarist from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. If you are here for the first time, my suggested website tour would be to...
1.) Hear music from my latest album, "Shh.", via audio player, bottom right.
2.) Read about my next project in the works, below.
3.) Sample some of my other three albums via the, "Listening" link.
4.) Visit the iTunes link below or my store to own some music.
New EP in the works!
Over the next little while I will be featuring three albums and a track from each that show some of the musical influences on my Latin EP to be completed later this year. My project is not meant to be a pastiche or a direct tribute to these influences but more of an encapsulation of elements from them, together with my own musical ‘voice’.
The first of which is…
Carnivals & Guitars—Jorge Renan (late 50s/early 60s)
I began listening to this album of Jorge Renan, an Ecuadorian guitarist, at a very young age. Since it has been a part of my life for so long, I’ve always wanted to do a project highlighting some of its musical influence. The track below, “El Trompito” written by Guillermo Toro, is one that I recall fondly. I love the exuberance and spirit of the music as well as the intimate, guitar combo, sound.
The Sandpebbles of Barbados (1973)
I was introduced to this group from Barbados as a child and it was my first exposure to Bajan calypso. The rhythms and spirit of these recordings captivated me, as well as the rather unusual and risqué lyrics. Their frequent use of “spouge” (a uniquely Barbadian form of calypso using a dotted rhythm and an ever present cowbell), was something new to me. This song, “Sandra (Let Her Whine)”, is a perfect example of their sound.
Caribia—Hugo Blanco (1960s)
I didn’t realize until much later in my life that the lead instrument on this album was harp. Blanco wrote very simple, repetitive melodies but they were very memorable. A good example is this one, “La Cigarrona”.
Six tracks from my latest album have received airplay. Certain pieces can be heard on the following radio stations and programs as their playlist schedule allows. Please tune in and listen.
*CBC’s Tonic (Radio 2) with Tim Tamashiro (Mon-Sat. 8:00pm-10:pm)
*CBC’s Jazz 2 Stream (24/7)
*Galaxie’s Smooth Jazz channel with PJ Lavigne (24/7)
*The Jewel FM Stations--Ontario