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Derek Rieth: friend, teacher, brilliant musician

This recording is of Derek’s Go Gringo Go ensemble from September 17, 2004. I was honored to perform with him that night, am grateful for the time we had together, … Continue reading

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We in the World

A samba reggae tune I wrote inspired by the power of music, the drum, and the potential for living true lives: At times we are looking for distance Sometimes distance … Continue reading

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The LA Chronicles | Emil Richards

Featuring Jake Feinberg and Rafael Otto Emil Richards has been playing the vibes for more than seven decades, accumulating accolades and recording credits with some of America’s finest musicians, including … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Clearing

I tilt the conga forward with my thigh to help release the tone. One hand rests flat on the head, the other holds a stick an inch above the rim. … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Seeking Bridges: Arts & Education on the Edge of Change

This post originally appeared on the ARTSblog for Americans for the Arts. PDX, Stumptown, the City of Roses, Portlandia, Bridgetown. All of these offer a glimpse into my “second-tier,” west … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

I Have Too Many Bikes

I’ve decided to publish my daughter’s first official poem! Here it is, by Kaya (age 6), with color and illustrations.

April 24, 2013 · 6 Comments

Imagination and Memory

I first met Afaa Weaver at a writing conference in Tucson where he critiqued a handful of my poems. I might sum up his advice for me with one word: … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

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