First Friday Inspiration

FluteDaddy Trio at FAC and About First Fridays

On May 5 from 5:30PM  to 7:30 PM FluteDaddy Trio will perform at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for the first Friday celebration of Art.

Bassist Jason Crowe and newcomer guitarist Joe Gacioch will join me for some fresh jazz sounds. I will be playing my new, black, “electrified” flute, introduced at Motif Jazz Cafe last week, for the performance.

We will be in the Deco Lounge which has recently received an acoustical upgrade with the installation of sound conditioning panels. Here’s Jason and Joe at Ricos:

First Fridays – The Creative Experience

Preparing to play at FAC got me to thinking about the “First Friday” experience. Chances are you have been on the first Friday art walk, making the rounds of local galleries, seeing new art, often new entertainment and meeting friends old and new.

Perhaps I have met you there.
I’m the shy type. I have to push myself into connecting and conversing. And I am so glad I do.  My contact with people at first Fridays has been enriching. I learn. I am inspired and I have some new friends.

I have recognized that when I engage first Friday, I tap into the very soul of creation. And, into the very soul of community. My experience is fulfilling! My experience is profoundly inspirational!

A hanging free-form sculpture at Cottonwood Center For The Arts inspired  me to write Butterfly Zone, fourteen pieces of music that I performed with the chamber jazz quintet in January. of moments!

A large blue painting by Suz Stovall now hanging at the wonderful gallery G44 on 8th Street inspired my current project: A collection of modern jazz based on art that will be performed in early October 2017. The first piece,  Blue Abstract #1. represents my initial and extended experience of engaging with her painting.

I encourage you to savor First Friday Art  one Colorado Springs great cultural events.

If you are an artist – Go
If you are an art lover – Go
If you enjoy meeting interesting people – Go
If you want to be inspired – Go!

FluteDaddy and the Trio hope to see you at FAC Friday May 5.

Be well,

Joseph Liberti

Better Music With Love Instead of Fear

I play better music with love instead of fear!

Angry restauranteur“Don’t ever touch me again,” he hissed at me with violence in his eyes. I had just arrived to set up at a venue where I was performing for the first time. I was met by a surly owner who was was way past “he must have got up on the wrong side of the bed,” to aggressively hostile and abusive.

I am a touch person and I laid a friendly hand on his shoulder to calm as I tried to assure him everything was going to be fine. My mistake. He got even nastier. I had tickets sold and people coming from other cities so I could not just walk out. I had to deal with it.  I can’t stand conflict and I got very stressed and anguished.I tried to calm myself, but I really struggled to play anything musical as we began the first song.

My daughter had arrived just before the show and had come up to the stage toplaying with love creates possibilities give me a hug. Somehow, before I started the second song, I focused on how much I loved her and what that felt like in my body. I relaxed into the song and for the rest of the night I put my attention into just playing as much love into each song as I could. The result was perhaps the best night of performing I have ever had. In retrospect I observe that my music that night was simple, pretty, interesting and very satisfying to me.

As I reflect now, I realize that I have frequently played from fear instead of love. Fear of failure, fear of not getting approval, of not doing it good enough and more. I also noticed that it was easier for me to be overcome by fear, as in my reaction to the owner, than let in love, as in the delayed effect of my daughter’s hug.

Life gives us lots of opportunities to learn. What I intend to do with this lesson is to focus on love in my music! Thanks for listening.

Joseph

Dialogue by Joseph Liberti now on Apple Music and Spotify

Dialogue by Joseph Liberti Dialogue by Joseph Liberti and Norah Joy Clydesdale, an album of flute and cello music for dinnertime and relaxation, now streamed on Apple Music and Spotify

I’m happy to announce that if you are a subscriber of Apple Music or Spotify, you can now stream our Dialogue album. Folks tell me it is relaxing and great dinnertime music. Here’s a link for Apple and a Spotify playlist:

Dialogue on Apple Music

Spotify Playlist:

Happy listening!
Joseph

They were playing my music!

My Dialogue album was a dinner party surprise…for me!

Sunday in the early evening my wife Carol and I were guests at a Garden/Dinner party with friends. The party started outdoors for relaxing with drinks in a beautiful garden. Then we were called indoors for dinner.

Joseph Liberti and Carol Dickerson at garden party.As I walked through the door I heard some lovely music playing softly in the background. It was my music! My first, and recently released album Dialogue for flute and cello. I was thrilled! OK, I know you old pros at composing and recording  would just take this in stride, but for a newbie like me it was a kick. In my descriptions of the album I had described it as good dinner music and these folks took me at my word. The album continued to play throughout dinner and the last song played just as desert was served.

That little look into how people might enjoy my music was very empowering, made it real for me and inspired me to plunge into my new project with fresh spirit and purpose.

What a concept! Serving through my music. Somewhere in the world right now, someone may be enjoying a great dinner experience in an ambiance I helped to create.

Here’s a free track from the album.

Here’s where to sample the 16 other tunes in Dialogue.

Be well and happy!

Joseph Liberti