The Hall of Mirrors Ensemble is the Octet expansion of the Ratatet. This tune, written by drummer-composer-bandleader extraordinaire, Alan Hall, is called Big Empty Shoes in a Tiny and Very White House. It's a wonderfully angular piece that equal parts beautiful and strange, check it out!
Never Weather was recently featured on a show sponsored by Jazz in the Neighborhood at the Community Music Center in San Francisco. This show was the debut of 3 new bands by young composers Ian Faquini, Erika Oba, and myself. Andy Gilbert wrote a nice response to the show for SF Classical Voice. Check it out HERE!
This woman is a tremendous inspiration to me and probably all percussionists today. She is a Scottish percussionist and she is completely deaf! It may seem ironic that she's giving a lecture on how to truly listen but it's very eye opening to us regular folks who think we hear just perfectly fine. This really shows that you never truly appreciate something until it's gone, and to her she doesn't accept that being deaf means you can't hear. You just have to listen harder and think about how you actually go about hearing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.