Gig alert: 7th February 2015 at Blu Jaz Cafe

I will be playing at Blu Jaz Cafe on 7th February (Saturday) with my good friends who are also some of the finest musicians around: Hiroaki Maekawa on bass, Eivind Lødemel on keyboard and Pablo Calzado on drums. But wait! There’s more! Timothy De Cotta will be...

Unpracticing

I was with my friends quite many months ago and as usual I was giving my nonsense music lecture to them. I’m thankful they didn’t slap me with wantan mee after all the torture. Among all that nonsense, I talked about ‘unlearning’, which I think...

Late to 2015

So it’s already 2015. Am a little late to the party writing new year post but here it is anyway. 2014 had been rocky to say the least. Quit my full-time job and went freelance. Got to know so many more people throughout this time and I even wrote an...

Critics

‘If you’ve got nothing good to say, don’t say anything.’ Don’t remember where I saw this and I’m sure this isn’t the exact quote as well but the idea is there. It happens in every field as far as I know, where people always...

Note to note

It’s been 3 weeks since my last post! I wanted to write something last week but things crawled up and I had to work on it so oh well… Many of my posts touch on improvisation but let’s be a little different this time. Let’s talk about playing...

A cool conversation about practicing

I was at Raffles Halia last night jamming a little at Regi Leo’s gig with Aya Sekine and Alemay Fernandez. Had a nice talk with Aya-san later about practicing. Aya-san was saying I sounded good unlike sometimes when I would blast out 666 million notes per...

Musical inspiration from TV drama

I’m quite into Japanese dramas (Jdrama) these days. Not hardcore but I just love watching some good Jdrama. One awesome thing is that they have Japanese subtitles and I sure can brush up my Japanese a little (with a dictionary on standby all the time). Things...

Imagining music

As much as music is an audio thing, being able to visualize music is an interesting thing to do in my opinion. I love listening to music and begin ‘seeing’ things, a car speeding down the highway, birds chirping, a bassist doing all the bass faces to the...