A long time ago I really liked playing old-school videogames.  Super Mario Brothers, Legends of Zelda, Tetris, Duck Hunt, Paperboy, California Games (remember, the one where you could surf)…but admittedly somewhere between the advent of Sonic the Hedgehog, the Gameboy console, and yes, the small matter of the violin, the videogames faded a bit.  But that stated, I’m excited to hear today that the Eddie Japan song, “Albert” (which I had the opportunity to play on with my fellow Desperate Strings) was selected for inclusion on Harmonix’s release of Rock Band 4.   It’s exciting/humbling to see Eddie Japan indoctrinated in with names such as Foo Fighters, Jack White, Heart, Rush, Van Morrison, and Elvis. (He really is everywhere!) I can’t wait to see what it looks like….and maybe get to play a bit 🙂


So it’s been awhile….

So I see that I did neglect to post when my band MC3 released an album in 2013 called “A Half Bubble Off Plumb”. No time like the present to rectify these matters.  It was and is (I think) a pretty good representation of what MC3 was doing at the time – our progression and evolution of performance and interacting in studio.  From the personal perspective – is a marker of when I started to do more songwriting, sing out front, play guitar in addition to violin and viola, and ultimately is a record of how time passes with good friends.  I’ve put it up on  Soundcloud for folks to check out.  And if you like it, you can buy it on Itunes or through our record label Lowbudget Records.  The track listing is as follows:

  1. Dear Friends
  2. Out on the Lam
  3. Cocktails
  4. Are We There Yet
  5. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
  6. Kitty Jay
  7. The Grandfather
  8. Geronimo
  9. Peonies
  10. Cloud of Ease
  11. Farewell Ride

Hotel Alexis

It has been awhile since I posted, so in searching the archives, here is a performance of ‘Michael Where’ with the Hotel Alexis, at Red Door (NH).  This was to support the 2013 release of the ‘Raised On Fire’ album.

Package Session Yuki Suzumura & Clara Kebabian, 23 Feb. 2014

One of my favorite things is art that influences art that influences art. A recent example of this would be my friend and Quickest Path to Earth collaborator, Sarah Valeri sent my CDs to her Japanese visual artist friend Takeo Kinomura, who in turn shared the music with his friend and modern dancer Yuki Suzumura. I was honored and surprised to receive the following video from Takeo featuring Yuki’s performance.

A new year

It’s February already, so while I missed marking the beginning of the calendar year, I can salute the Chinese Year!   Just finished a sold-out run of Into the Woods at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA and am looking forward to the month of February and more performances.

T minus 7 days til Sonic Circuits!

One week from Saturday, I will perform with The Quickest Path to Earth, (experimental duo  with NYC visual artist Sarah Valeri) at the 2013 Sonic Circuits Festival at the Atlas Center for the Performing arts in DC.  We’re very much looking forward to performing and also getting to see dancer Sharon Mansur again after sharing a bill at Mobius this past winter.  She will perform as well with sound artist Tara Rodgers. We’re on in the afternoon in LAB II – for full schedule check out http://dc-soniccircuits.org/



Signs of life

Slowly but surely I’m getting this new launch pad to the starting line.  Full reveal coming soon.  But in the interim ‘ve got shows for August, September, and October now posted.  Check it out.