2015 has been a busy year for discography, and it seems that most of the albums will be ready for this fall and winter 🙂
Apart from preparing our own “No Time” Cd, the new cd by Magnanimus Trio, i am delighted to have participated in some wonderful and innovative projects of great artists and friends.
Efren’s Lopez debut solo cd “El Fill de Llop” is one of them (well debut…, after having produced more than 60 cds with other groups 🙂 ), and you can here in the audio extract a very nice intro for 6 neys we have made with Efren for the piece “Plaerdemavida”.
Then comes amazing Zohar Fresco, and his first personal album “Tof Miriam” where i had the joy and honour to record for 3 of his tracks.
Last, but not least, come the upcoming records of “La Banda del Pepo” from Murcia (Se de un Lugar) and also a debut album from “Milo ke Mandarini” (La Vereda de la Gitana) band from Toledo-Spain (Carlos Ramírez & Isabel Martín).
2016 is also anticipated to be a busy year with a forthcoming duet cd, amongst other plans, with Murat Aydemir on the Tanbur, with the participation of Ahmet Erdogdular in 2 songs.
Monday 13th of July will be the beginning of the 13th annual Summer Music Seminars in Labyrinth Musical Workshop in Crete / Greece. I will be teaching this first week a seminar entitled “The instrument as a voice” where, in a music group studying modal musics from Balkans and Middle-East we will research, how the concept of singing (both physically and metaphysically) can inform and inspire the practice of every musician, be it instrument playing, interpretation of score music, improvisation, composition etc.
I see teaching as a very important part of learning music and learning through music. As much as this may sound contradictory, it is not: often teachers state that “in a music lesson the one that mostly learns is the teacher himself”, and that is (or can be) very true and it is part of the way that i like to approach teaching.
This is not to say, of course, that the teacher then is a self-centered being during the lesson, minding more about his own learning than that of his students. Quite the opposite. When someone becomes aware that musicality, technics, ideas, imagination etc, cannot be “pushed into” or “implanted” into another person’s brain or body, then he can begin to become more aware of ways he can facilitate and help the emergence of this learning.