Gifts & Celebrations
One of my favorite things to do when I was a child, was to play with the old upright piano tucked back with storage boxes in an unheated cottage behind our house. No one was there and I was free to invent and to create impressions and visions by playing keys as well as strings. Later at age 10, I began to study flute and learned to replace my invented notation with readable notes. I pursued studies in classical flute with some wonderful flutists including Paul Renzi, Lawrence Duckles, Gary E. Gray in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Pierre Cazaux in France. I also tried my hand at music composition from time to time and later in life returned to school studying at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. There I majored in music performance, and grew more interested in composition. After graduating from Naropa I was fortunate to be asked to play on the albums of composer/pianist Bill Douglas on the Hearts of Space label. Playing Bill's beautiful music and working with him has been the inspiration to write and record some albums of my own. The first, 'On the Wing' was recorded in 1997. 'Gifts and Celebrations' and 'Branching Out' have both been released in 2007.