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From January 20-22,  I’ll be going to the UCSD Alumni Festival, held at the incredible new arts building (as well as other on-campus locations) at the University of California, San Diego.  This is a festival-not-to-be-missed.  I’ll be posting photos and sounds and documenting it as much as possible.  I’ll be performing with my world-class alumni friends who will be coming from all over the world to this reunion.  If you’re in San Diego, don’t miss it…

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Well, I think the photos may speak for themselves but I arrived teaching at UCCS in the summer and haven’t stopped since.  My full-time instructorship includes teaching Chamber Music Ensemble, Jazz History, 20th C. Music History and co-teaching with Professor Curt Smith an interdisciplinary course called Creativity which rocks… of course!

So between the many hours researching &preparing as well as finding time for walks in the mountains, I’m having a glorious time.  I’ll be posting more events, soundbites and upcoming activities during the next few months.  Looking forward to getting back to blogging!

I’ve missed you.

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I am so eager to share my first-time efforts as a videographer!  Although it’s a steep learning curve, I’ve decided to take advantage of my interest in sound, movement, textures, transitions, spaces, and relationships as points of departure for this edit … This video documentation focuses on 2 very intense days on Sado Island in April this year. So please remember that while some of the images are not prime, I hope that the intensity and playfulness of that experience will come through.  The drumming is intriguing.  But even more, are the people of Sado Island.  With the help of my friend Hisako Horikawa, I was able to explore places I never would have been able to on my own.  I hope to continue working on this video, or at the very least, this process is giving me valuable learning skills for my next one…

Thank you so much, to the people of Sadogashima, for your dedication to your traditions, for your intensity, joy, playfulness and generosity.  I dedicate this to you, and I look forward to returning some day. Until then, drum and dance on! And may the Oni bite you and bring you all the Best of Luck for this year!

Now I find myself in the Appalachian Mountains.  How did that happen?  From ancient Buddhist temples, Oni-demon taiko drums on windy islands and the ruthlessly boisterous Tokyo life, to the mountains of soothing green solitude.  After days of zombitude-jetlag, I am now finding my energy again.  Although the amount of video and audio to upload for this blog is overwhelming, I’m going to gradually get to it, little by little.  Here are more recent photos of  Hambidge... a beautiful, relaxing, respite… besides relaxing and getting to know some other very special people, I’m actually getting a lot of other projects done!