Posts Tagged ‘Hiroshima’

The Grammys

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

I picked up my Grammy tickets today!  Getting excited about going.  There’s a nominee reception on Saturday then the big show on Sunday.  Emi is making a dress for herself to wear out of two of my little sister’s bridesmaid dresses and I had to go shopping for a jacket and some respectible clothes.  Hiroshima was nominated for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Legacy and will be given out during the pre-telecast portion of the Grammys which will be streamed on-line and will be available afterwards at the Grammy website.

Hiroshima Grammy Nomination

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

legacyThis is exciting news!  Hiroshima, the Jazz fusion group that I play percussion and taiko for was just nominated for a Grammy!  The band’s newest album Legacy was nominated under the “Best Pop Instrumental Album” category.  We also have our annual “Spirit of the Season” concert at the Japan America Theater this Saturday.  It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit!

Hiroshima gigs

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

I had a busy weekend of gigs with Hiroshima, the grammy nominated jazz fusion band I play with.  On Friday we played at Anthology a fantastic new club in San Diego, on Saturday the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and Sunday we were in San Antonio for the annual Jazz’SAlive festival.  All the gigs were great, but my favorite was the Cerritos Center performance.  Terry Steele, Yvette Nii and Richie Gajate Garcie all joined Hiroshima for the performance.  As a percussionist it’s always fantastic to work with Gajate.  He’s one of the top Latin percussionist in the world and has worked with everybody and their mom.  His chops are scary and he is always coming up with great parts and suggestions and I really learn a lot every time I get a chance to play with him.

One of the best perks of working with an established band like Hiroshima (30 years in the recording industry) is the opportunity to play with old pros.  I mean “old” in the best possible way.  There are lots of people in this town who are great musicians and who have tons of chops and musical ability, but in music you really can’t replace experience.  It takes time to master an instrument, takes time to know when and what to play and even more time to know when not to play.  You can hear life experiences in every note people play and it’s humbling to play with artists who have 30 plus years of playing music at the highest level every time they pick up their instrument.

Next weekend I’m off to Annapolis, DC and Florida with the band, for more information on Hiroshima dates check the band’s website.

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