I'm still dreaming Lord of the Rings after two performances each of the three movies, and I'm excited about the great Middlemarch in Spring reviews from a couple months ago. Also got to perform with deirfiur duo at USF last month, all original music including vibes, kalimba, guitar, some heartbreaking vocals, and a classical throwback combining piano and vibes with a twist. !BAMM! with Wild Rumpus was a hit. peninsula reviews about Vasallo's piece: "It was thrilling, and the performers looked like they were having a blast."
Currently I am rehearsing with San Francisco Opera for the premiere of Two Women in June, an Italian opera about the world war. Very serious content, but some fun percussion parts!
Getting ready for the next Wild Rumpus concert May 29th, and the music is awesome. You will shed tears for Chris Cerrone's setting of Tao Lin poetry in I Will Learn to Love a Person. And we are doing a Beyonce arrangement. Anyone up for starting a Beyonce tribute band, because I am so down.
I will be recording with Wild Rumpus in June. Oh, and as of last week, I am a permanent member of Wild Rumpus! I love this group, and now they are stuck with me for good!
I am also involved in the commission of a percussion solo piece by Daniel Wohl, one in which we each get to have a unique voice and contribute to the composition, either by sending in our own music sample or a unique way to play an instrument, and this becomes a part of the piece that he is creating.
Last bit of news, my piano students gave a recital last month, including music from the Muppets, Taylor Swift, and some classic Alfred songs I remember learning back in the day. They were so great!! I am a proud teacher.