While I did not reach my stated goal, I did raise enough funds with the help of SEVENTY contributors to insure a quality studio recording of my third compilation, "A Sliver In The Sky".
I am looking forward to working with Recording engineer Josh Powell at The Map Room Studio and mastering engineer Stu Fessant at Indigo Groove Studio, both in Portland, in September. Post-production (duplication and distribution setup) will take place after the High Holy Days, and the album will drop later in Fall or early Winter 2017. Of course, when the release date is announced, there will be a party to celebrate and I'll share all the details across my social media.
In other news, my trip to Cincinnati's ISH Festival in mid-September is shaping up nicely,
I'm spending my first night in town at senior center where a colleague is the senior chaplain; in exchange for lodging I'll give a workshop and singalong session on Friday morning for the residents.
I've also been invited to partner with the festival's headline artist, Tamar Eisenman for a special Havdalah event on Saturday evening September 16. The next day is the festival itself, in the heart of downtown Cincinnati, and at least one other Jewish artist I know will also be performing, so we'll get to hang out together a bit during the afternoon. It's going to be really, really cool and I can't wait.
Finally, I am pleased to announce that I will be the cantorial soloist for Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Bremerton, WA this fall. Rabbi Mitch Delcau and I met a couple weeks ago at camp, and he invited me to join him on the bimah for what will be his first High Holy Days (he joined the congregation last spring). I have quite a bit of music to learn between now and then, so if you can't reach me between now and late August it's because I'm busy woodshedding, just like every other cantorial soloist or Cantor these days. (Sit tight, my life will be calmer after Yom Kippur!)
I head into this Shabbat with my Sweetie filled with gratitude for all the blessings that surround me and lie ahead of me. I hope that your weekend will be spent in the company of loved ones too.
Happy Friday and Shabbat Shalom!