What the GRAMMY nomination?!?!?!

Holy moly!

What a way to wake up! Rolled over in bed this morning to hit snooze and was greeted by a hundred texts of “congratulations.” For what, I wondered. Recess Monkey’s album Novelties has been nominated for a GRAMMY! Like a real life GRAMMY for Best Children’s Album! I’m in total shock. Been shaking and giggling uncontrollably all day!

This is sure to be a wild ride, stay tuned…


New Recess Monkey CD “Novelties” is here!

Holy smokes! Our new CD is here and it is available ONLY on Amazon.com or at one of our shows. If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber… GOOD NEWS! You already have it to stream for FREE! Not a Prime member or love having that disc in your hands? Order a copy here: NOVELTIES, YO!



Big show with my bro at the Moore on Sept 4

In just over a week I’ll take the stage at the Moore Theatre with my brother for a concert of his music:

Ladies and Gentleman of Seattle…


I will be performing at Moore Theatre on Sept 4th with a chamber ensemble and special guest singers including:
Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think),
Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes, Swan Lake (band)),
& Zac Pennington (Parenthetical Girls) performing Crying, a new theatrical work.
More TBA!

In past shows, I have often utilized very large ensembles. For this show, I wanted to showcase the incredible individuals that have been the absolute core to my music-making and have inspired me to be a composer. I have also recently been performing a lot more with chamber ensembles and it has excited me a great deal to see and hear the personalities of each player so well.
Instrumentation will be –

Paris Hurley – Violin
Alina To – Violin
Alex Guy – Viola
Maria Scherer Wilson – Cello
Scott Teske – Upright Bass
Beth Fleenor – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Korum Bischoff – Percussion
and I will be playing a variety of instruments as well.

It is going to be a really wonderful evening of music.
Please spread the word and join us!

Congratulations Wes Powers

Congrats to my longtime student, Wes Powers, on his summer with the Seattle Cascades and participating in the DCI World Championships!

Read all about it here.

Or watch the video:

“Wired” Music Video

I’ve never loved being on camera, but making this video made me feel like throwing up in an all-new way…

“Wired” Press Roundup #1

In anticipation of tomorrow’s release of our new disc, “Wired,” here is a round up of pre-release press for the John Vanderslice-produced effort:

GeekMom: http://geekmom.com/2014/06/recess-monkey-review/

Video launch on BOINGBOING

DadBloggers: http://www.dadbloggers.net/new-music-recess-monkey-to-release-wired-june-17th/

Rated4andup: http://rated4andup.com/new-music-recess-monkey-release-wired-june-17th

MommasBacon: http://mommasbacon.com/2014/06/16/recess-monkey-wired-cd-all-ages/

Zooglobble: http://www.zooglobble.com/blog/2014/6/12/video-wired-recess-monkey

NAEYC.com: http://families.naeyc.org/songs



Babysue: http://babysue.com/2014-June-LMNOP-Reviews.html#anchor22334


Conundrum 2014!

Conundrum 2014 Poster

The biggest night in music is almost here! Come be completely inspired by the talent, passion and risk-taking of 16 adorable students as they rock their favorite songs accompanied by Jherek Bischoff, Johnny Bregar Music, Kristen Ferguson, and Drew Holloway on the stage at Bainbridge Performing Arts. FREE and GREAT FOR FAMILIES who don’t mind a little noise! Seriously, you won’t regret it!

Saturday, April 26

7:00 p.m.

Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Avenue North