MUSIC IN THE TIME OF COVID
While these past few months have brought many challenges for the creative community, we are all finding new ways to stay engaged, active, and passionate. The Covid pandemic is proving a difficult but not insurmountable roadblock to holding rehearsals and generating creative ideas. From my experiences over these past five months it has been clear to me that the artistic community is fully committed to public health and the well-being of our audiences and members. We will overcome this troubling time and we will be stronger and more resilient on the other side.
I have also seen this community respond to the insane amount of brutality, violence and injustice inflicted primarily upon the BIPOC communities in this country. The uprising we are seeing now is a movement pushing back against racist policies that have for too long bolstered a racist hierarchy championed by racist people. As a white man I realize I have benefited just from the color of my skin alone and I am committed to moving forward with an actively anti-racist mindset.
Mostly Everything Cancelled
Pretty much all of the gigs, shows, concerts, performances, venues, restaurants, schools, transit and much more have cancelled, postponed, or closed until further notice due to the global pandemic.
I'm staying positive but it is a difficult time for everyone. Please enjoy this nice background photo of my phenomenal colleagues and I after our first concert of the year back in the fall.
I'm so incredibly proud of all of the hard work we all put into making the JCM department a welcoming, fun, inspiring, and creative atmosphere for students from across all walks of life. Our story will not end here.
There is always more music to be made. Let's be a change for good.
Peace and love and jazz,
Some Recordings Happening Maybe?
With ample downtime as classes go online and we find ourselves quarantined, I'm excited to announce that there are going to be at least, 2 recording projects i will be involved in in the near future.
One, a duo record with my guitar playing friend and compatriot, Hayes Cummings. This project will be centered around works of Thelonius Monk. A long time favorite of ours.
Second, a trio record with my brothers Bret Walberg, and Lucas Phillips. Set to be comprised of original material by Walberg, this trio recording should be a preview of events to come later, as Brett is set to put together a larger group for a longer record centering around his experience in the food service industry. coming at some point in the future.
Stay Tuned for updates regarding performances
Things are changing on a day by day basis so who knows whats to come in the future regarding performances, shows, etc. Stay tuned for announcements and updates coming from social media and this fine wix site you have stumbled upon.