Ok so much has happened so much time has passed that I barely know where to start. A year and 4 months wow, I can’t believe it. Well I hope to bring you up to speed.
Over the last year I have continued to direct music at Wayside en Español and it has been a challenge, but has brought many blessings. I teamed up with the Florida Baptist Children’s Home and put a concert to help bring awareness and raise money. The concert was a great success and got me working with some great local musicians and old friends. In addition, I have been playing and guesting with many bands and artists including playing with the country’s best wedding band (as per Martha Stuart Magazine) GDO Soul. Along with playing at several conferences so at times it may seem slow, I realize, I am doing so much more than others.
This summer has been slow as trying to get into the studio to record and missed many of the jazz festivals. But, some music has been laid down, but not anywhere close to finishing the entire album. I do hope to release the single within the next few weeks, but no promises. During this time some great recognition and PR has happened including: Being on the June edition of Miami Talent Magazine.
Though the summer seemed a little slow the year is ending up awesome, later this year will be on Round Magazine and Smooth Jazz Magazine. I will be expanding performances to South Carolina, Texas, Georgia and hopefully Missouri before the year is out. It is awesome for all this things to happen, even though at times it seems like it takes forever, I know everything will happen in God’s time and not mine.
Well I hope this has given a bit of an update, need to get back to work. Please drop a line or comment anytime I love hearing from you all.
I wanted to write on our Clinic and Concert from last night. Though this was not our first concert it was our first clinic, and though there were some minor issues with the acoustics in the venue and the weather hurt the attendance the event was an overall success.
The event was held at my church Living Hope Community Church and we divided the clinic and concert only by an hour so those that attended the clinic could stay to attend the concert without having to wait that long.
The clinic opened with the musicians playing “The Chicken” a great tune with an awesome groove.
This clinic was divided into four sections (though due to time we only did three)
Production and Genre Recording Concepts: By Ever Rodriguez
Chord Structures and Arranging: By Camilo “Milo” Velandia
Locking Drums and Bass, and Importance of Chord Structure for bass players: By Ezra Carias
Praise Team Development and Tricks for Sax Players: By Luis Alas (Not Shown)
The clinics taught were received well by the attendees and brought on many questions. So I would rate it with a major success.
The concert went awesome; though we had some issues with the acoustics the sound company handled it with true professionalism. Though to compensate they had to boost the sound it did drown the bouncing tones.
P2L performed virtually flawlessly and had a great time of worship with those attending. It’s sometimes difficult to define a performance as a performer because of the perception we have on stage is different than that of crowd. All the feedback, even from some of our friends that can be harsh (cause of their honesty) was that the band was super tight and impeccable.
Now we need to concentrate on recording our album and I will also begin work on my solo album.
We need to give some special thanks to our sponsors;
- Sam Ash Music
- Peace Love World
- Living Hope Community Church
- Elite Sound Production
And personally I need to give a special thanks to my wife as she has been the pillar and support for me in this endeavor. She was the one that motivated me to start this group and has endured never ending rehearsals and frustrations. I thank God everyday for bringing her into my life.
Well I will be hitting the studio soon and I promise to keep you all updated.