Saturday, May 14, 2016

Call Me Doctor!

It's done! I have a palm tree growing out of my head.

But seriously, after three grueling years of long days, short nights, lots of composing, writing, studying, and more, I am now a Doctor!

It's been a fantastic experience here in Miami and I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had here. Who would have thought that I'd be earning my sole award from Downbeat Magazine for Recording and Engineering? Not me, that's for sure. What an amazing program here.

Now it's on to my summer travels. I'll be in Frankfurt, Germany catching up with some old friends (and some are OLD friends these days, haha!). Then it's off to Trieste, Italy for the remainder of the summer. There I'll be teaching a workshop at the Conservatorio di Trieste as well as gigging and teaching. My old schoolmate from City College - drummer Gasper Bertoncelj - has been organizing a tour in Slovenia. Zoran Mastrojevic, another colleague based in Croatia, has also organized a workshop and some gigs in that part of Europe.

Then it's back to Miami to a new home and looking for work. Stay tuned....

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Doctoral Update

Well, I'm sitting pretty in Miami. My concert was a success and now my paper is handed in. My defense is in a little less than two weeks and then come revisions and formatting, various other hoops to jump through and then you can call me Dr. Spiegel!

What a crazy thought!

In the meantime, I've been catching up on sleep and have started getting busy playing music again. So that's what a guitar looks like!

One gig to announce for this month:

The Russ Spiegel Trio
Russ Spiegel - guitar
Jim Gasior - organ
Michael Piolet - drums
Live at Lilt Lounge Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
Hours: 9-12pm
Address: 270 Biscayne Blvd Way, Miami, FL 33131

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hello Again - I'm Still Here!

I've just been very lazy/busy pursuing my doctorate in Jazz Composition at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. I'm almost there - just a couple more months and a lot of writing and you can call me Dr. Spiegel!

I'm gearing up for my Doctoral Concert 7-8pm, Thursday, March 3 in Room 206 in the Foster building of the Frost school. Entrance is free, and the band is one-of-a-kind:

Tom Kelly, Manny Echazabal, Chris Thompson-Taylor, Joey Rosin, and Special Guest: Tim Armacost
Cisco Dimas, Nick Benitez, Sam Neufeld, and Special Guest: Brian Lynch
Chad Bernstein, Will Wulfeck, Javier Nero, and Major Bailey
Luke Franco, Jim Gasior, Bob Bruya, and Evan Hyde
Special Guests:
Alex Manfredo: vocals
Hendrik Meurkens: chromatic harmonica
Jackson Parodi: electronics and accordion


In the meantime, here's a little article I wrote that touches on my research....

Peace & Love,