The Evening News!

So, If you happen to be in Texas near Angelo State University this Tuesday night, you really should go hear the amazing Mr. Bonenfant. The concert is going to be fantastic & it will include him playing my solo clarinet piece “the Evening News”. This virtuoso solo clarinet piece, was written for him in 1989 and […]

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Six Compositions

Michael Jon Fink is a composer/performer who resides in the San Fernando Valley just north of Los Angeles. For the last thirty years he has served on the faculty of the Herb Albert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts where he teaches Composition, Orchestration and Analysis.

Our Song

Michael LaMacchia’s adventurous new trio recording is an alluring arc of luminous songwriting and deeply centered conversations that capture our attention and invite us to participate. “Our Song” sonically narrates a very personal journey that shimmers with a blend of pastoral memories, mysterious storytelling and vulnerable confessions. Each of the eleven songs takes shape from […]

Don’t Miss Fred Frith, Live in Downtown Berkeley, this Saturday night!

I am not joking when I say that in my mind, Mr. Frith is one of the most important guitar players in the history of the instrument. For me, it goes like this, Jimi Hendrix then Fred Frith in terms of people who have expanded the sound, scope and vision of the instrument. It is […]

Mr. Adams Live

Steve Adams is playing at the Berkeley Arts Festival this Thursday night, run don’t walk to hear him play! Steve is the real deal and a local gem. he will be appearing with Lisa Mezzacappa – bass, John Hanes – electronics & Scott Amendola – drums and electronics. Mr. Adams is an electrifying horn player and getting a […]

Mississippi Muck!

Ok, went to see Hank III, huge dis-appointment. Sorry to say, the band was great but, the mix was so loud & terrible that it was worse then a trip to the dentist for a root canal. After about an hour of trying every corner of the joint to find a decent place to listen, […]

Ralph Carney’s Serious Jass Project

You may remember the feature piece Sensitive Skin did on Ralph Carney last year – good news! The one and only Ralph has a new album out! Smog Veil Records announces Ralph Carney’s new Serious Jass Project album titled, Seriously, will street on September 27, 2011. It will be available as digipak CD, download and […]

Back to School

Working on an amazing project with musical legend Fred Frith and the Berkeley High School orchestra conducted by the talented Karen Wells. Today was our first full rehearsal and run thru and it was a blast. The whole thing is being produced by a new, nationwide nonprofit named Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC). the whole […]

Mississippi Mudd

Did I tell you that I absolutely love Hank Williams. He has written some of my favorite songs ever. So a little while back I was with my son in a pizza place and they were playing some cool stuff and it turned out to be Hank III, his grandson. So, guess I will go […]

Live music, great show, Dan Plonsey Live this Wed night!

If you have not seen Dan Plonsey play you really should, this guy is the real deal. His ensemble is original and always engaging. In fact, you can see him and his group this Wednesday night, September 21st, at the SUBTERRANEAN ARTHOUSE in Downtown Berkeley. This is the Second of a kind-of-monthly convening of ensembles led by Dan […]