This just in: New trio “String Theory” to go busking in Santa Monica on Saturday!

Inspired by the realm of physics, the new trio “String Theory” will step out onto the street this weekend to put forth music of parallel universes, from the Italian Baroque to Irish folk to American rock.

Featuring Sarah Wallin-Huff, violin, Danielle Cummins, violin, and Ken Glaser, vocals, acoustic bass and 12-string guitar.

Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica this Saturday, October 1st, 8pm-10pm.

Map available here:


A Quote for Today


“Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be’- she always called me Elwood – ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.’ Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”

~ “Elwood P. Dowd”, Harvey, 1950, Universal International Pictures

Salastina Music Society

The Salastina Music Society is bringing chamber music to today’s audiences! This is a new group worth following! Here’s a bit about them from their website:

“The Salastina Music Society is a new non-profit organization dedicated to presenting world-class performances of chamber music. Incorporating the goals of broad audience appeal and innovative programming, Founders/Artistic Directors Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar purposefully design each program to be slightly shorter than the average classical music concert.”,

Salastina Music Society performs Vivaldi’s Trio Sonata No. 1 Op. 12 (“La Folia”). Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper, Co-Artistic Directors and Violinists, are joined by Daniel Zuluaga (baroque guitar) and Jonathan Karoly (cello).

“Discovering Violin”

In 2010, Santorella Publications published my beginning violin method book entitled “Discovering Violin”. It includes a CD for which I collaborated with my violinist colleague Sarah Wallin-Huff. In the book you will find detailed explanations of musical ideas as well as fun pieces to play. It is suitable for individual instruction and violin classes. “Discovering Violin” is available from Santorella Publications and many other online retailers.

Discovering Violin: A Beginning Method

Todor Pelev, violin, and Roger Lebow, cello, to Perform Recital

On September 30 at 8:00, Todor Pelev, violin, and Roger Lebow, cello, will perform a recital at Little Bridges in Claremont. Todor Pelev is one of Southern California’s leading violinists and artists. He is the concertmaster of the San Bernardino Symphony and violin professor at Pomona College and Idyllwild Arts Academy.  Todor was my violin teacher and mentor for 10 years and continues to be an inspiration. I highly recommend attending this performance!

For more information, see the “Events” page.

Violin Beautifully Restored!

Many thanks to J. Brown Violin Maker ( in Claremont for the beautiful restoration of my violin! It sounds amazing and looks beautiful!

This violin just underwent major surgery. The entire top was removed for the reparation of 12 cracks and open seams. Some of the cracks had been crudely repaired by other restorers, but now many of these smane cracks are completely invisible. My violin is very old and needed the attention for some time. It is very fortunate that we have J. Brown’s shop located in our community. Thank you!

Simple Gifts

Simple Gifts is an old American Shaker song. A few years ago I was fortunate to be able to record this piece inside the Sacred Heart Church in Covina. The lyrics of this song are really beautiful:

‘Tis the gift to be simple,
‘Tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gained,
to bow and to bend, we will not be ashamed
To turn, turn, will be our delight,
‘Til by turning, turning, we come round right.