My first livestream of 2021 is scheduled for a couple weeks from now on Tuesday, January 19th at 6 pm. My amazing wife got me a Pocket Operator for Christmas, so I’m definitely going to jam out on that.
Here’s a holiday EP for you to enjoy!
I’ve been cooking up a little holiday surprise for you all, a Christmas live stream next week!
Tuba Christmas is kind of happening this year. I was fully expecting it to be cancelled completely, but Pioneer Courthouse Square has decided to roll it into their Polka Dot Downtown initiative. That means that Tuba Christmas is still on!
Pioneer Square has installed giant polka dots throughout downtown. The idea is that these are designated, socially distanced locations for local musicians to play on.
This Saturday, a good number of those dots will be filled in with small Tuba groups! I will be playing at Pioneer Courthouse Square itself from 1-2PM.
I’m glad that it is happening, but hope that not many people show up for it. The pandemic is raging, and it’s a delicate balance between safety and keeping these traditions alive. It’s supposed to be wet out there Saturday. I will try to livestream or record, but no guarantees.
Stay safe, and Merry Tuba Christmas!
All of my live streams are trumpet oriented, but this one is especially so. Tuesday, I am going to be playing some more challenging pieces that I’ve been working on lately to stay in shape. Most of my rehearsals aren’t happening, so I have been more diligent about pushing myself to stay in shape on the horn.
Even though this year’s loopfest is over, I am working on tying all of the loose ends up before taking a break for the holidays. One of the big things after every year is making sure the concert footage is released so that all of the artists have it to use. This year, that was made really easy since Youtube lets you automatically record streams so they are available later.
Even though the videos were out there, I needed to make sure the new website was appropriately pointing to them. While I was at it, I figured I should set it up to have all of the previous years in there as well. So I created this page: http://nwloopfest.org/fests
Most of it was easy because Noah still has a similar page with the ones 2017 and earlier that he ran. All I had to do was take that and combine it with the last two years. Now its as easy as ever to view all of the performances from previous years!
Brass music has been kind of a tricky subject with the pandemic. Montavilla brass fairly recently started back up with rehearsals in Mark’s yard. Today we celebrated the season by playing some of our more “Halloweeny” music…. Like Zombie Apocalypso, the Munsters, and Herb Alpert. Mark Live streamed it to facebook:
It is crunch time for preparations for the big show. It’s been a lot of work, but a lot of fun and learning as well. Everything from coordinating with everyone performing, to solving technical challenges, to creating copy and art for the stream. I look forward to an exciting show this weekend!
Preparations for the big show in a couple weeks are ongoing, and with everyday I am more excited to see everyone’s performances and more anxious about making sure it runs smoothly.
I’ve put together a website for all of the details about the fest. Over time it will have more information and videos from past years.
NW Loopfest is starting to really come together, here are the latest details!
Saturday October 24th 6PM on Youtube
- Jake Soffer
- Twenty Three Suns
- Gnostic Evolution
Sunday October 25th Noon on Youtube
- Josep Garcés & LiveLoop
- Luthor Maggot
- J.C. Ruminski
Keep up to date with the event on facebook