I know most of us have heard about all the tragic occurrences In my area. There’s been an enormous wildfire, (the largest ever in California). Fortunately it didn’t get around to my neighborhood, but boy it sure caused some damage to many people’s homes and lives. Rough stuff. On top of that, there’s been these crazy mudslides of epic proportions, killing people and wrecking lives, just a few miles north of where I live. Yet, we move on. Please keep these folks in your thoughts and do whatever you can to help.

NAMM 2018 is right around the corner and I’m looking forward to it. I always enjoy seeing my friends and supporting those that support me. This year, I will be representing GHS strings, and Bartolini pickups. I’ll be playing a program with my good friend, bassist Tony Puleo in a bass duet playing along with tracks that we came up with. It should be very nice. Tsunami cables will be hosting us, (times TBD), and I’m sure there will be other places we’ll get to play. Contact me if you’d like to know where and when. As I know, I’ll post. I always look forward to seeing all the new gear and basses too.

As for me otherwise, I am maintaining a fairly busy recording schedule in my home studio where I am doing quite a few remote bass sessions for artists around the world. I am scheduling a tour of Budapest, Vienna, and Bratislava in September with artist Barabas Lorinc . Other than that, I am spending some time composing and recording original music with some special musicians from LA and New York, ( a group yet unnamed ). I am also bouncing around with different artists in my area and doing what I can. As things develop I will make it known. I’m looking forward to developing a higher web presence this year as well. Anyway…..thanks for reading my thoughts.

Mark

Here’s a picture of a gig a played in San Francisco a few months ago with Barabas Lorinc from Hungary when he came to the states.  Anyway… it’s not really a heatwave where I live on the coast, but inland a bit it’s an oven out there. I am at the moment tending to some music that I have to learn for a performance in Nashville next week, so that has been a daily fixture in my schedule for the last week or so . Just finished a remote session for a client on the service that I do my online work through, check that out here. I have been very pleased with the work I have been asked do there through the folks at Soundbetter.com. I’ll be in Nashville through NAMM weekend and look forward to hearing and seeing musicians and friends, respectively. I’ve also been working on some original new music with some friends and great musicians, so when things are done I will be sharing it with you ! Have a nice day my friends !

 

Another beautiful day ! Nice things going on. Today I am playing with the Ojai Pops in an outdoor concert in Ojai CA. Very good musicians in this group. A real hybrid of classical and jazz players. There’s got to be about 40 people in this group. We’ll be playing movie scores at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai CA. Other than that, on the complete other side of the musical spectrum this week I recorded some bass for an upcoming Dtease album, produced at Rose Lane studios. Check them out, their music is very aggressive ! Please try to support them if you are feeling it.

I’ve also had a real calling for composing and collaborating on some original music, so this week I’ve been in touch with an old Berklee friend, whom I haven’t seen since the 80’s, but instrinsically trust him and really like his vibe. I have two other gentleman here in LA working with me on this as well. As it unfolds, it will be made public.

I was turned on to The Oblique Strategies, by Brian Eno this week from my “intrinsic” friend. If you’ve ever had any creative block, I’m sure you’ll be interested. Read about them here. Check out the cool picture below just for fun too…..Later5

Its beautiful outside today.  The weather is just perfect, not a cloud in the sky. I am getting ready to head over to Squashed Grapes in Ventura to see my friendGergo Borlai play some drums with Scott Kinsey and Jimmy Earl. Can’t wait to hear this. He is also putting on a little drum clinic, so it’ll be nice to learn some new things ! Getting ready for a big show up in Fresno on May 20th. I’ll be substituting on bass with The Dtease, playing an opening spot for a band called Puddles of Mudd. Its very loud and very rocking, so I have been turning it up a bit ! I look forward to it !