Some collaborations happen in a flash. Completely unplanned and improvisational. Last Thursday, I had the honor of playing with Anna de la Paz, a Spanish Flamenco Artist that hails from Spain and now lives in Nyack, New York.
Anna is fierce. Anna is strong. Anna plays every note like it's her last with the fire and passion of a train rolling full speed ahead.
Oh, ...and she play's castanets !! .... I love this girl !
Djembes and Cajons surrounded by flamenco dancing makes a gorgeous combination of sound -- each instrument influencing the other. It was magic at the market.
Anna is also co-founder of Walk to the Beat, a full day event on July 26th, 2014. The event is free to the public, with percussive music and dance artists performing in venues all over the Nyack village.
To learn more about WALK TO THE BEAT please visit HERE.
It was an incredible evening at the Tribeca Rooftop Hotel. I was invited to play and help raise money for The Church Street School for Music and Art and I couldn't think of helping out a better organization. Church Street is all about supporting kids through music and creative art programs.
The Tribeca Rooftop is one of the nicest venues in New York City and Tuesday night the hotel was absolutely gorgeous and sparkling with light. As guests arrived they were greeted with auction items including Cold Play's autographed guitars and box seats to The New York Mets.
I dove into a blazing set of dance tunes after the silent auction.
Some crowd favorites included Madonna, Madonna and....more Madonna!
A couple of highlights for me.....
I played with a flamenco guitar player who you can see behind me in the picture above. He was amazing and one of the featured guitar instructors at the Church Street Music School. Another highlight was playing for Harvey Keitel and legendary ball player Joe Franco, whose kids both attend Church Street School.
I was honored to be there!