Archive for the 'Gigs' Category

Mokai At The Top Of His Game

Friday, November 4th, 2011

I went to Mokai‘s CD “Release Party”, that is, a performance in honour of the release of his new CD, “Any Distraction’ll Do“. A little history is perhaps useful here? Mokai and I go way back, back to a time when we supported each other’s antics in protecting old growth forests and stopping nuclear missle […]

Avonova Studio Oakland March 28th 2010

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Magic Brook Concert at Avonova. “Magic Brook has paid a lot of attention to what he’s crafting,…very steeped in the direction modern acoustic guitar has been taking, prizing sophistication but not trickery or grandstanding.” Mark S. Tucker, FAME Reviews

Autumn Leaves

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Jazz compilation includes Brook with the Joyce Baker Group playing “Autumn Leaves” featuring singer, Opie Bellas. The collection includes Diana Krall, Eva Cassidy, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra.

Quiet Saturday, Musing on the Nature of Mastery

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I finally upgraded my wordpress blog so that spammers who’d been able to comment without my permission will no longer have access. Whew! I didn’t lose any posts; I didn’t lose any content from my old version of WordPress. But I sure hated offering any help to folks who sell fake drugs and fake anti-virus […]

Sausalito? For Tips? C’mon!

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I had a rehearsal for my second Saturday gig last night. Amazing Evelie Säles brought over a great keyboard player, “Brett”. with James Bianchi, percussionist and myself. Evelie wants to do Brazilian tunes in Portuguese. She’s got a gig at an Italian restaurant in Sausalito. Great. I’ve played restaurants in Sausalito before. These have all […]

Popularity Contest as Marketing Strategy

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

Today, I got an email (not the first) from There are soliciting artists for a fan contest. The reward is inclusion on a college radio promo CD***. When Melusine Records was doing pre-release review distribution, another site, told me to try and win their fan contest. They only review the winners I’ve thought […]

Booking $5000 a Month?

Friday, December 26th, 2008

In a blog post about helping one’s self, Derek Sivers writes about the hard realities of gigging music: “There are no great agents that would want to take you on unless you’re already earning $5000 a month gigging, so that their 10% cut (only $500) would be worth their time. ” This, I believe and […]

The Source on WDVR 89.7FM

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

I just received this wonderful comment from WDVR 89.7 FM in Atlantic City NJ: “I got the new Magic Brook:The Source and will be playing it on my show. I play a lot of guitar and like this one very much”- Carla Van Dyke Wow! nice Saturday present, huh? thanks so much, Carla! Carla runs […]

Post Card from Leeds

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Wow, what a journey: Weekend 1: Music and Ritual near Heidelberg Week 2: Great conversations with friends, old and new in Amsterdam Weekend 2: Pentacle of Pearl in Amsterdam Week 3: Deep connections with friends in Berlin Weekend 3: Adventures in Glastonbury Week 4: Leeds College of Music I’ll start at the beginning. I had […]

Live with Evelie Sales

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to post a podcast. Apologies to my listeners. Culling material that’s good enough for release is always a challenge. For instance, in September, Evelie and I had a wonderful show together. Some of the performances would have been so great to share with a larger audience. […]