Hi Friends...here is some new music and a behind the scenes Music Vlog!
Filmed in Nara, Japan. I traveled with Will Ackerman to perform at the Kasuga Shrine ceremony which was one of the most beautiful concert experiences of my life. Will is quite famous in Japan from his days at Windham Hill Records which had such a big impact on the Japanese People. This was his first time returning there in 30 years. Our hosts were so gracious and friendly, Takamine provided all our guitars and we played amazing music together with brilliant Japanese Musicians. On my last day, I woke up at sunrise and hiked to the top of a nearby mountain in the Kasugayama Primeval Forest. On the way I stopped at many of the 1500 year old shrines and temples to capture the stillness of the atmosphere. In the forest I recorded a flute song inspired by this amazing place (I will put the link for that video in the comments) Nara is the ancient capitol of Japan and a national treasure. I love Japan so much and hope to return in the near future! To travel with my friend, musical collaborator and mentor Will Ackerman was truly a gift and an honor. This is the first of many...please let me know what you think and share with your friends!
We all know the phrase, Life is a journey not a destination." Well it can be said,
"Music is a journey not a destination."
A few months ago my wife Andrea found an instrument online called a GuitarViol made by a master luthier and multi-instrumentalist named Jonathan Eric Wilson. A few google searches later I came across some videos and a website named TogaManGuitars.com.
Something inside of me screamed "you have to play one of these!!" We visited with Jonathan and his wife, Nela in LA and it that was it, I was hooked. It set a series of events in motion that culminated in this moment!
The GuitarViol is an instrument that was designed and created completely by Jonathan based on his desire to play a bowed guitar. Over the course of years he formed his own unique instrument combining elements of the guitar, viol da gamba, cello and viola. The result is an instrument that sings with passion and soul.
Jonathan hand crafted a unique acoustic GuitarViol with spruce top and spalted ambrosia maple sides and back specifically for me! In my many years playing music and collecting instruments this was the first time one had been built specifically for me. She has been appropriately named Ambrosia. I am honored and grateful to have begun this journey of learning to play, it is challenging but rewarding everyday advancing and going deeper. I look forward to sharing music with you soon! ~TB
This music sings in my heart when the morning rises and when the night falls. She is the Choir of Angels, the Calling of the Soul and the Song of the Earth, selfless giving, compassionate and present. One within you and without you… ~ TB
Music can be a healing force in our lives! As an artist one of those most fulfilling experiences is sharing and performing music live. I learned something that forever changed the way I approached “performance” and that is, it is not about me. If I consciously give my gift to the “audience” with the intention that the music serves in whatever way is needed, practice my part, give it my best then get out of the way and let the music do it’s magic…then something bigger happens and everyone feels it! This picture was taken by Andrea when we were working on some music in the studio. This little deer sat at the window for about 10 minutes listening intently to the magic we were creating!
Little Miracles do happen…When I was about 15 years old around the holidays I was visiting my friend Paula’s house and her parents had this great CD we loved called Windham Hill Winter Solstice. At that time (and still) I was a guitar playing sponge and was always trying to find anything guitar oriented. I went to the mall and to the record store where I found a Windham Hill Guitar Sampler featuring Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges and Alex Digrassi, Needless to say the album became a huge influence and sound that changed my musical life.
Fast forward 25 years and I find myself performing on guitar at the Annual Windham Hill Winter Solstice tour with Will in front of sold out crowds at some of the greatest venues in the world along side incredible artists such as Pianist Liz Story, amazing composer and multi talented Barbara Higbie, Alex De Grassi and of course Will Ackerman.
Follow your heart, follow your dreams, you never know where you might end up! Dreams come true!!
Hello and Welcome!
Every once and a while it’s good to clean the closet and start fresh.
This is a New Beginning. The last few years have been an incredible journey and in my heart of hearts I feel the best is yet to come. I am exited about life and I feel exited to create music.
There is a deep yearning in my heart to play music, if I don’t for a day or a few days some part of me starts to ache and I get a little less patient and potentially more grouchy. I play the guitar, a flute or perhaps a drum for more than a few minutes and something remarkable happens. I transform. I relax. I become completely present and absorbed in the mystery and magic of music.
Music is a very practical thing, according to Webster’s, “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity.”
That is an accurate definition of music but still there is something beyond that definition that defies scientific explanation. There is something missing from that definition. What’s missing is the immeasurable impact when a person “orders tones or sounds…” with heart and soul. When tone and human come together to make music, heaven and earth collide and the realms of “reality” and miracle become indistinguishable.
And As far as I can tell music is a miracle. In all of the great stories from every spiritual tradition sound, tone, music is deeply in relationship with whatever or whoever is believed to have created everything. I have yet to hear a creation story that doesn’t involve some kind of vibration or sound. The mystic would say Nada Brahma. What does this mean? Simply, Sound is God!