Hope springs eternal. As does music. Are they not, fundamentally the same thing? Neither could I live without. “So, in a world of snow, of things that come and go, where what you think you know you can’t be certain ofyou must believe in spring and love“.
Here’s some of what is on our calendar this spring:
3/26 KALA Ukulele Day in LA at USPACE with Jim D’Ville. I will be using my new book “Color-Along Ukulele” for my all ages class, and you get a copy to keep with class admission! Win a Kala Waterman uke– Giving away one per class!¡!
5/5-8 WEST COAST UKULELE RETREAT in Asilomar. If you have never been… GO! (if there are still rooms available) This is a FANTASTIC retreat with great instructors in the most beautiful, peaceful place you can imagine. And the food’s great, too!
We are heading across the pond to England in June, where Daniel will be playing the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain. To prepare, he is scheduling private house concerts and a public show at U-Space on May 21. More details to follow as they solidify. This will be a great show with a guest bass player and El Uke will be debuting some very snazzy new material as well as playing selections from his CD EL UKULELE. Give it a preview!
My partner, Daniel Ward, is finishing up his first uke-centric CD, “EL UKULELE”. The crafty title alludes to his particular genius of infusing flamenco technique into pint-sized Hawaiian strings.
Daniel recorded at our favorite studio, Third Eye Studios in Tijeras, NM this summer, and David McRae, engineer extraordinaire, is mixing and mastering now. Listening to the roughs, hearing this take shape is a treat. The songs range from classical to pop, covers of the Beatles, jazz standards and original compositions. Some are instrumental single-take solo tracks, some are richly layered with bass and drums, backing vocals, even horn parts. It is a great journey; one which I know will be rewarding to listen to over and over.
Los ukes with la cornet in the studio
His next step is mastering and art, then replication. He intends to have copies in hand for the holidays. There is an opportunity to pre-order through his website, and you can listen to a sampler of the songs, as well as see a video of him recording the Hawaiian classic “Aloha ‘Oe”.
Self-producing means artistic freedom, but it is costly. No matter how much you DIY, cost outlays can make production an unshoulderable burden. Song rights, layout and art, pressing actual CDs all require cash on the barrelhead. Pre-sales make it possible. Supporting the arts by buying music is a gift to yourself. Giving sponsorship to artists you love- that is a gift to the universe.
Go, look, listen. here’s the link —> EL UKULELE <— You’ll be glad you did. They don’t call him El Ukulele for nothin’!