• Thoughts On Koo Nimo

    April 22, 2015

    My Ghanaian guitar teacher recently asked me to write some thoughts for inclusion in his memoir. A great honor, and difficult to accomplish in a way that held all of my feelings for him. Here’s what I got, and I am happy: To write about Koo Nimo is a humbling experience–what can I say that […]...

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  • African Roots & Americana CD

    February 25, 2015

    I’m pleased to announce the release of an album of instrumental fingerstyle guitar music called African Roots & Americana. This music pulls from the repertoire of my extended solo sets, and all of these tunes are in my teaching repertoire. Mali, Congo, early American parlour tunes, and more. Check it out! It was ...

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  • Skype Lessons Now!!!

    October 14, 2014

    My Skype lesson practice is live, and going great with a growing number of students. Please contact me if you’d like lessons in African styles, fingerstyle guitar, songwriting, or modal music! Check the “Teaching” Tab for more info....

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  • On Recording, and Doing It Live

    August 21, 2014

    I had the good fortune to be interviewed this year by the great musician Chris Presscott of Pinback and other projects about the first Occidental Brothers record which we did live to tape (no overdubs) at Steve Albini’s great Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. Our buddy Kris Poulin was at the sound desk, of course. [...

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  • A-Song-A-Week

    August 7, 2014

    I’ll begin a project posting a new song each Sunday evening to Soundcloud. If you’re registered with SoundCloud, you can follow me here, but I encourage you to sign up for a separate email blast I’ll be doing on a weekly basis announcing the upload. There’ll be a mix of new and old music I’ve [...

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  • Lots coming on two continents

    July 22, 2014

    Please check the calendar page for lots of new performance listings for solo guitar, Steve Doyle duo, trio with Moussa Diakate, and Trio Mokili in both Sydney and N. America. Also, I’ll be in residency at Chicago’s Old Town School for a week in September. Watch for the workshop and masterclass listings on the ca...

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  • Dateline: Sydney

    April 21, 2014

    This Chicago boy is excited to announce that I’ve relocated to Sydney, Australia.  We got here about a month ago, and I’m really inspired by the musicianship and culture in this amazing city.  I’ll still be coming back to play and teach in the States–look for me in Chicago and New Orleans in Septem...

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  • A Resonant Podcast

    January 21, 2014

    I am happy to be featured in the January episode of the Resonant Radio Podcast, hosted and produced by the great Chicago bassist and composer Jeff Greene.  Tune to hear me talk about my travels in Africa and some solo fingerstyle guitar, and while you’re at it check out the other great interviews including one [&hell...

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  • New Live Radio Sessions

    August 4, 2013

    You can stream  or download sessions from my July Residency on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.  The bands include my duo with Steve Doyle, my duo with Mathew Tembo, Trio, Mokili, the Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l, and solo guitar.  Enjoy!  ...

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  • Radio Residency

    July 2, 2013

    I am in residence for the month of July on WBEZ Chicago.  That means that I’ll be playing on air every Monday during the Morning Shift program.  Here’s the whole schedule of my collaborations: 7/1: Duo with Steve Doyle 7/8: Trio Mokili w Junius Paul & Makaya McCraven 7/15: Duo with Zambian artist M...

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