at_Home/at_Play

The “at_Home/at_Play” series documents live performances of the Housewarming Project (Siskind, Lucas Pino, Nancy Harms) at a house concert in San Diego, CA and at the Blue Whale jazz club in downtown Los Angeles. With their signature dynamic and emotional virtuosity, the group both debuts unreleased material and updates songs from Housewarming and Finger-Songwriter.

Video #10: Kneel (Blue Whale performance)

“Kneel” is a song inspired by Caribbean poet Derek Walcott’s autobiography, Another Life. In one passage, Walcott describes having a pseudo-religious experience – he takes in the colorful richness of his island of St. Lucia...

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Video #9: What is that Feeling?

“What is that Feeling” takes its title from a passage by Jack Kerouac in On the Road. On the Road is one of those books that it seems every teenager or college student has a passionate infatuation with, and I was determined...

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Video #8: One Art

The genesis of the song “One Art” comes from reading Elizabeth Bishop’s beautiful poem of the same name. I’ve read it in a few different classes, but I remember it most recently from a poetry seminar I took at Columbia with...

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News

Review of “First Lessons” in American Music Teacher

There was a very nice review of my book, “First Lessons in Piano Improv” in the February/March issue of “American Music Teacher” magazine! The reviewer writes that “the book provides teachers with thoughtful lesson plans for students or give the older student clear...

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New Video Series w/Housewarming Project

I'm excited to announce that the Housewarming Project is releasing a series of live performance videos over the next couple of weeks. The series is called "at_Home/at_Play" and will alternate between videos from a recent in-home concert and at the Blue Whale, a jazz...

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Two New Books

Hal Leonard has published two new books of mine since I last posted here! Click the links for more info and to order. "First Lessons in Piano Improv" is an instructional book for improvisational beginners. "Pop Hits for Piano Duet" is a four-hands piano duo book...

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Upcoming Appearances

Date Type City Venue
3/2 Performance Melbourne, FL American Jazz Pianist Competition
Playing a recital as part of the festivities for the American Jazz Pianist Competition
3/4 - 3/10 Teaching Bangkok Rangsit University
Serving as faculty for the 2018 Jazz Education Abroad Thailand Jazz Workshop
3/19 - 3/23 Teaching Lake Buena Vista, FL MTNA National Conference 2018
Address: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Presenting on improvisation at the 2018 MTNA conference. Stay tuned for more details.
5/7 Performance Battle Creek, MI W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Gilmore Festival performance with Justin Kauflin
5/9 Performance Kalamazoo, MI The Civic
Gilmore Festival performance with Justin Kauflin
6/29 - 7/3 Performance Anaheim, CA Music Teachers Association of California
Address: Hyatt Regency Orange County. Performing as guest Jazz Pianist at the 2018 Music Teachers of California conference
8/5 - 8/12 Performance Montpelier, VT Vermont College of Fine Arts
Address: 36 College St. Residency for the MFA Composition program at VCFA with the Housewarming Project (Nancy Harms (voice) and Lucas Pino (woodwinds))
8/15 - 8/19 Performance Unalaska, AK Heart of the Aleutians Festival
Teaching/performing residency in Unalaska, on the Aleutian Islands!
10/6 - 10/10 Performance Shanghai Shanghai Conservatory
Teaching and performing at the China Jazz Education Festival.
10/12 - 10/13 Performance Guangzhao TBA (Guangzhao, China)
China Jazz Education – Guangzhao
Date City Venue
3/2 Melbourne, FL American Jazz Pianist Competition
Playing a recital as part of the festivities for the American Jazz Pianist Competition
5/7 Battle Creek, MI W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Gilmore Festival performance with Justin Kauflin
5/9 Kalamazoo, MI The Civic
Gilmore Festival performance with Justin Kauflin
6/29 - 7/3 Anaheim, CA Music Teachers Association of California
Address: Hyatt Regency Orange County. Performing as guest Jazz Pianist at the 2018 Music Teachers of California conference
8/5 - 8/12 Montpelier, VT Vermont College of Fine Arts
Address: 36 College St. Residency for the MFA Composition program at VCFA with the Housewarming Project (Nancy Harms (voice) and Lucas Pino (woodwinds))
8/15 - 8/19 Unalaska, AK Heart of the Aleutians Festival
Teaching/performing residency in Unalaska, on the Aleutian Islands!
10/6 - 10/10 Shanghai Shanghai Conservatory
Teaching and performing at the China Jazz Education Festival.
10/12 - 10/13 Guangzhao TBA (Guangzhao, China)
China Jazz Education – Guangzhao
Date City Venue
3/4 - 3/10 Bangkok Rangsit University
Serving as faculty for the 2018 Jazz Education Abroad Thailand Jazz Workshop
3/19 - 3/23 Lake Buena Vista, FL MTNA National Conference 2018
Address: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Presenting on improvisation at the 2018 MTNA conference. Stay tuned for more details.
House Concerts: Happy Hosts!

House Concerts

The Housewarming Project has brought music to nearly 70 homes in 18 different states.
 

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