"A 'master' has clear awareness of what he knows and doesn't know. He has the confidence and resources to continue his explorations and guide others on theirs." One year after earning my shihan (master teaching license) in Zen shakuhachi flute, I then added the Bonus Arm Diplomas---i.e. tattoos. These were created in collaboration with an incredible [...]
I consider my Zen shakuhachi playing to be part Tony Iommi and part Watazumi. This is the inward self, or a concept of a part of it. The outward shakuhachi self is turning into part Danzig and part Zamfir. A similar combo, but more Z's are involved. Z is for Zen. Sometimes. Maybe. Our Primary One [...]
As I became infatuated with the sound and possibilities of the bass clarinet back in 1995, a timeline unfolded that we have a good perspective on now as another Era draws to a close on September 12 in San Francisco. The following brief outline centers on the existence of a "heavy chamber music" bass clarinet quartet, known [...]
This micro-collection of iconic metal songs has been brewing for quite some time in that same part of the brain that used to make "mix tapes": how to introduce a complete uninitiate into the world of metal? This is not intended to be a "best of" or definitive (as if that were possible) collection, but rather [...]
Working with Jesse Solomon Clark is always a pleasure: he knows how to fit me into what he is doing to the benefit of the overall project. Scoring Cicada Princess from Jesse Solomon Clark on Vimeo. Ghost In The Shell: Sessions from Jesse Solomon Clark on Vimeo.