Hello from Chile!
I’ve been a full-time professional musician since high school. I’m now in my 60’s, and, having recently concluded my tenure as the Music Director of La Perle in Dubai, I find myself in Chile, just jammin’ with friends and contemplating retirement. Before the Dubai gig, I toured for 15 years with Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam (as MD), visiting 40+ countries. During the first 10 of those years, when we were in the Big Top (and I could carry lots of personal equipment), I and my electric mandolins (and amps) hit as many open mic/blues jams as I could find (which I had already been doing locally in Philly for decades). When we switched to Arena touring (with limited personal equipment space), Irish Sessions (on acoustic mandolin/mandola) became the focus.
I’m a self-taught mandolinist, having applied my many years of piano study with Adolph Sandole and Olga von Till to my concepts of mandolin-playing. MandoScales.com is a labour of love, created to make what I’ve learned about music (and especially what I’ve discovered about practising) available to my fellow mandolinists.