Ok. After several months of planning, booking, grant writing, and connecting with musician friends in Sweden, France, UK, and Italy, I am about ready to go!
I feel that I've already been on the road for a full day, as I drove out to Kelowna with Kenton Loewen yesterday to meet up with Gordon Grdina to perform at The Habitat, in a concert presented by the Skin and Bones Series. We had a great gig and hang before and after. But we had to pack it in early so we could get a timely start on the road back to Vancouver, giving me ample time to go home for an hour to rest up and grab my bags before heading over to the airport.
I am not much of a writer, but decided to try my hand at keeping a blog of my three week long adventure, more as a mean to keep track of all the places and people I will be visiting (and performing with). Another goal of mine for doing this is to keep my mind focused on the positive aspects of the musician's life on the road. Hopefully there will be much to account for, with fun facts and stories, personal encounters and reflections on the various scenes I will find myself interacting with. For example, I have collaborated with Swedish musicians on several occasions over the years in Canada and in Sweden (Vasterås New Perspektiv Festival), but never really took the time to reflect on these musicians' experience and historical contribution to Jazz and the creative music world, and how they have become ubiquitous on the international circuit (Mattias Risberg will be performing with me this summer in Canada. The Thing will play in June at Skin and Bones in Kelowna as well as in Vancouver at the Jazz festival).
So, I hope whoever opts to follow my ramblings will find it interesting and enlightening. More soon...