In the last week, I’ve been…
Planning teaching and directing activities for the term for East London Community Band (ELCB) and Hockerill Anglo-European College (HAEC).
Using Logic Pro X and various VST instruments to compose a new piece.
Re-arranging my big band tune Chump Change for ELCB, to be performed at the National Concert Band Festival in Manchester in April.
Transcribing Hold Tight, I Want Some Seafood Mama for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Arranging Alright, Okay, You Win for the HAEC Jazz Ensemble.
Arranging and making a practice track for Baby Face for ELCB Stompers.
Practicing a few hot jazz tunes and putting a few clips up on my Instagram.
Making kitchen shelves out of reclaimed timber.
Cooking recipes from the Dishoom Cookbook.
I’ve been listening to…
Music: Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Sonny Rollins, Little Richard, Louis Prima, Brahms Symphonies 1 & 2, Chris Thile, Fats Waller
Podcasts: This American Life; Radiolab; Philosophize This; NPR Politics Podcast; Impeachment, A Daily Podcast
I’ve been reading:
Baudolino, by Umberto Eco (just finished it last night)
The Rough Guide to the Northern 500
Surprise discovery of the week:
Louis Prima Beep Beep