This afternoon I’m sharing a recently recorded video performance of PGM Trio–me, Matt Hopper, and Greg Rudolf–in a Zoom presentation with the Mirabella Seattle community that will benefit the Northwest Music Mentors nonprofit organization. We recorded our video with social distancing and care for health and safety guidelines at the Killroom Studio in Seattle using an array of mounted cameras, a Zoom Q8 recorder, and two room microphones. Special thanks to Blake Salter and Ben Jenkins.
Attached is to this post is our video introduction for the Mirabella event featuring the beginning of Matt’s tune “Passing By” recorded by PGM Trio a few years ago.
We’re planning to share out video from this session in a future YouTube premiere for friends and family, too, so stay tuned!
Bill Smith recorded “Aphrodite” as a solo improvisation for clarinet with analog delay pedal on Sonorities (Edipan – NPG 801) released in 1978. This performance is my improvisation structured around the ground bass element and themes of Bill’s improvisation.
I’m excited to introduce Paul Gillespie Music Editions, a music publishing company that will market, distribute, and sell my concert music. This effort is of my determination to put myself out there as a composer and a musician, and connect my ideas and music to others beyond the hermitage of my home studio and attentive cat Mowgli.
The first steps of establishing this business were relatively easy and included affiliating with BMI and completing a business license application for the State of Washington.
The official launch date of this venture is April 2016. Please stay tuned!
Three weeks ago I wrote a ballad for my fiance Kristin. I set the challenge for myself to compose a jazz standard for her that was altogether timeless and dynamic, of a relatively simple song structure with clarity in melody. Above all, though, I wanted to write a song that she would absolutely love at the moment she listened to it for the first time.
I have needed current and professional headshots for some time, and fortunately had the recent benefit of working with Kathie Statler Photography to get the ball rolling in this area! Kathie is a creative, fun-spirited photographer with a particular set of skills for eliciting genuine portraits out of people. The main focus of this session was engagement photos with my beautiful bride Kristin, but we had the opportunity to capture some headshots with my saxophone. Kathie also captured a picture of a raucous bullfrog. The photo shoot location was Carillon Point in Kirkland, WA.
This website has been a long time in coming and I’m excited to have a place to share my music, performance calendar and random musical musings with you. Please comment on my posts and come back often – that’s the best motivation for me to keep posting!