Scenes from the Gorge...

I could talk at length about how great last weekend's trip to the Gorge in eastern Washington to see the Doobie Brothers, the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead was -- and how amazingly surprised and pleased I was with The Dead's inspired performance -- but for now, I need to just listen to the music play....

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Esbjorn Svensson, leader of e.s.t., R.I.P.

Pianist Esbjorn Svensson dies last week in a scuba accident off the coast of his home country Sweden. An amazing, passionate and intelligent piano player, performer and composer, I was fortunate to catch his band e.s.t. at the Vancouver Jazz Festival a few years ago. Kidd Logic, Carol Freelander and I made the pilgrimage north to see them at the East VAncouver Cultural Centre ("the Cultch" if yer cool) and the concert really blew me away. The venue is very small with a tiny stage surrounded by close-in balconies full of people three-deep. Up in the balcony seats, you are pretty close to being right on top of the performers, and I was able to look down and watch Svensson's hands abuse his piano from a bird's-eye view. Breath-taking.

Marcey and I coincidentally were planning on seeing e.s.t. again, next week, once again at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. We have tickets for the show, which featured e.s.t. opening up for the John Scofield Trio. I was so close to seeing them again, but alas, it isn't meant to be.

I uploaded an amazing e.s.t. performance over at
the Live Archive. Click for more: a heartfelt tribute from a jazz critic in Enland....Keep Reading...

His Holiness in the Pacific Northwest

As a result of the Dalai Lama's recent visit to the Pacific Northwest, I've been inspired to create, collect and share various sounds and words I've created to honor him and his work in this world. Here are some links to pages throughout this site that will hook you up with downloadable wisdom:

You can stream or download a podcast of his
2008 talk from Seattle here and his 2004 talk from Vancouver, B.C. here.

I wrote a story about the Dalai Lama's visit to Seattle for the Cascadia Weekly newspaper; it also discusses author Pico Iyer's new biopgraphy The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. You can view and/or download a pdf of the story right over here. Another story I wrote about the Dalai Lama's 2004 visit to Vancouver B.C. is available here.

Finally, DJ Fundi posted a mix entitled "A Lament for Tibet" featuring music from the Himalayan region at
the Podcast Cafe right here.


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