Oregon News:

Glen Moore has chosen to permanently leave the group Oregon.  He is acting on his long held desire to pursue his individual vision of music.  He also wishes to spend more time with his family.  While we will miss him we respect his decision and wish him well. The group will continue with two of the original members: Paul McCandless on oboe, english horn and saxophones; and Ralph Towner on guitars, piano and synthesizers.  The percussionist Mark Walker, a member of the group for the past nineteen years will also continue to perform in the ensemble.

     This has given us an opportunity to invite world renowned bassist Paolino Dalla Porta to join us on our Spring tour. Paolino has a long list of international credits and has recorded and toured with Paul on several projects in the past. He is very much in tune with the music of Oregon, and is very enthusiastic for the opportunity to join us.

– Ralph, Paul and Mark


Just announced – I will be leading a band for the Tito Puente Concert Series in Boston July 2nd for the IBA and Berklee.

On March 14, I led a band at the Beat Hotel in Cambridge, MA, playing Brazilian music exclusively.  I can it “Brazilian Night”(See “projects”.)

I was honored to be a guest artist for two days at Mt Lebanon Percussion in Pittsburgh, PA, conducting workshops and masterclasses from 3/12-13.

I also played a concert with Michel Camilo in Quito Ecuador on March 5th.  You can view clips of the concert:

Michel Camilo Trio”From Within

Michel Camilo Trio “Caribe

Since my last posting, I had a clinic at Guitar Center Natick on Feb 24, which went very well!

After digging myself out of the Boston snow, I’ll be leading a band Fat Tuesday (2/17) at the Beat Hotel in Cambridge for Brazilian Carnaval.  The band will include Nella Rojas (vocals), Eduardo Mercuri (guitar), Gilson Schachnik (keyboard),  Oscar Stagnaro (bass) and Marcus Santos (percussion).

Between shoveling snow and recording at my home studio, I’ve been busy here at home, recording tracks for John Ovnik, Haim Pickholz and David Arivett, as well as lessons for my lesson site and shedding for my upcoming gig with Michel Camilo.

This week (2/1-7), I’ve has been recording at Avatar studios in New York with singer Ann Hampton Callaway, working on her new Christmas album. The stellar group of musicians included Jay Ashby (trombone), Marty Ashby (guitar), Lucas Ashby (percussion), James Genus (bass) and Alon Yavnai (piano). The album will be realeased on MCG records.


I’m also working on some new lessons for my lesson site, based on some of the music I’ve been recording for my own projects and for other artists.  Here’s a picture of his lesson setup:


New shows have been added for the OREGON European tour!

Here’s a brief itinerary:

09.04.2015 ZAGREB/Croatia Lisinski Concert Hall

11.04.2015 SAALFELDEN/Austria Zentrum Zeitgenössischer Musik – Kunsthaus Nexus

12.04.2015 WEIDEN/Germany Max-Reger-Halle

15.04.2015 MÜNSTER/Germany Hot Jazz Club

16.04.2015 UPPSALA/Sweden Katalin

18.04.2015 REGENSBURG/Germany Jazzclub Regensburg e.V.

19.04.2015 HEILBRONN/Germany Jazzclub Cave 61

20.04.2015 BOLOGNA/Italy Circolo Arci San Lazzaro

21.04.2015 BUCHAREST/Romania Radio Hall Bucharest

22.04.2015 ESSLINGEN/Germany Kultur- u. Kommunikationszentrum Dieselstrasse

23.04.2015 MEMMINGEN/Germany Maximilian-Kolbe-Haus

25.04.2015 ESPOO/Finland April Jazz / Espoo Cultural Centre/Tapiola Hall (Mark will also do a workshop on the day of this show)

I’ve has been busy in the studio this week (1/17-24), recording at Berklee College of Music Studio 1 with composer/educator Haim Pickholz (keyboardist with George Benson).  I also completed tracks at my home studio, Coolidge Hill, for Pickholz and composer/producer John Ovnik of Deaf Dog Music in Chicago.

At Coolidge Hill Studio, I produced a video for “Shekere” Bill Mitkoff to promote his handcrafted percussion instruments. I also recorded classical guitarist Joanne Phillips.

On January 16, I played at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston with the legendary Phil Woods, as well as Greg Abate, Tim Ray and John Lockwood.  The quintet recorded a live CD at Chan’s in Woonsocket, RI, which will be released on the Whaling City Sound label. Here are a couple of photos courtesy of Erin X. Smithers:




(Greg Abate, Phil Woods, John Lockwood and MW)

On January 15, I recorded some new songs at Thin Ice Productions with composer John Finbury, pianist Tim Ray, vocalist Marcela Camargo and bassist Fernando Huergo.

I just completed filming and recording of “The Conscious Musician – Drums in 4-D.”  The audio and video production is part of a vbook based on the Dictionary of Rhythm, by Jack Lima.  The complete work (24 lessons) is now ready for launching, and will be available exclusively to subscribers of my lesson site.

I attended BTOT (Berklee Teachers On Teaching) On January 12 and 13 at Berklee College of Music.  One of the guest speakers was the inspiring percussion virtuoso Evelyn Glennie.  Check out her TED talk here.

I just recorded a Brazilian project on January 10 & 11 entitled “Carinhoso,” featuring one of the unsung heroes of the alto saxophone, Larry Monroe.  Produced and arranged by Matthew Nicholl and Michael Farquharson, this CD will also feature Brazilian musicians Negah Santos (percussion) and Gustavo Assis-Brasil (guitar)as well as a string section.


(L to R): Matthew Nicholl, MW, Larry Monroe, Mike Farquharson and Gustavo Assis-Brasil.

New date announced with Michel Camilo Trio!

I will be performing with Michel’s trio (featuring Lincoln Goines on bass) in Quito, Ecuador on March 5th, 2015. The trio will be joined by Banda Metropolitana (concert band) performing a special extended arrangement of Michel’s composition “Caribe.”

Check out Michel Camilo’s official website here.

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