sometimes you have a musical experience that is so life-changing, you don't know how to describe it in words.
i was honored to be asked to play for john daversa's new live album kaleidoscope eyes: the music of the beatles. john daversa is a musician, composer, band leader extroardinaire, and he used to teach at CSUN, where joe and i met him. joe played in the jazz 'a' band under john's direction and i was the solo violinist in the studio ensemble class he directed. joe got the first call to play on the record and then i got one when john decided to tackle the endeavor of adding strings to his already enormous progressive big band.
aside from the several rehearsals, we had 3 shows, or 3 chances to "get it right". the audience was electric and incredibly supportive. not to mention the music! i had the time of my life playing and jamming. this music was not something that string players usually get to be a part of and it was a breath of fresh air to be playing challenging jazz music and not just string pads.
the extraordinary thing about this project was the caliber of musicians in one place all together for a mutual love of making music. these musicians were not only LA's finest, but also some of the world's finest. i'm talking about brass players that played on the pixar and disney movies of my childhood, string players that play in the wicked pit, john mayer's guitarist (zane carney. such a lovable guy. we had a heart-to-heart and now he knows more about my spiritual life than some of my closest friends. ha!)
i feel so blessed to be on this album. when it's released, it can be found on itunes and all the usual suspects. i can't wait!
here's to making quality music with quality people, and an excellent start to 2015.