Ray Sandoval

"Hemingway knew the secret.I mean, he was a lush and a bad man in many ways,but he knew the secret."

"At this point, learning to code is simply about understanding how the world functions."

The Old Ford Jazz Club Pubcast is launched!

 

Keeping busy is part of the situation. Besides composing, playing, and fathering I have carved out a little time to create a pubcast to share some wonderful things happening in London.

The Old Ford Jazz Pubcast

 

 

"If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales."

“The story was that Steve wanted a device that he could use to read e-mail while on the toilet"

Congratulations to two great pianist!

And yes, I did work while I was in Bali!

 

I was very fortunate to play with some talented musicians, Toby Senior Vega and Helmy Agustrian in Bali. For the Tokyo trip, Tetsuya Mashine and Tomo Yamada provided the foundation. It was great to play with different rhythm sections but very challenging also. Time constraints and working with top call musicians is hard to have everyone at the same place at the same time. I am very fortunate to know and play with these guys.

Here is an article from the Jakarta Post about my concert in Bali.

 

Back In London

 

I can feel autumn in the air and its good to be back here. It's nice to be riding my bicycle again and using public transport. The three P's that make life easier here in London are: Parks, Pubs and Public transport. If you have been here or visited, I think you get the jest of what I mean. I guess that makes up for the grey and rainy weather.

I have a couple of cool gigs to announce for September at Nomad Jazz venue. This Thursday and the following Thursday. I will be playing some of my originals and some funky Latin stuff with the Cabrones Buenos. When we get together its always fun and enjoyable.

Nomad is the best known unknown place on old street. 

Also I haven't written about my trip out in Asia. I will get to that soon as it was a wonderful experience meeting old and new friends and playing with some great musicians. :)

 

Apa kabar?

 

I am writing from Bali, Indonesia. Its sunny, hot and humid. If you've never been here its quite an unique place. It has a tropical feel with many culture activities happening daily. Every summer I take time off to reflect and work on new compositions here.

I have been practicing yoga and gender wayang lately. This keeps my mind at peace and rejuvenates me. It is so humbling to play a different instrument and musical language. I have played guitar for the most part of my life but playing a foreign instrument and learning these ancient tunes is such a challenge.

I have two new shows to announce. Tokyo and Ubud. It would be great to see some familiar faces at the shows. The last time I played Tokyo was in 2006, so I am really looking forward to being back there in Shibuya on August 1. I lived there for a couple of years so I will be calling some of my old friends for a drink and kanpai.

Last year I played the Ubud Concert Series and I am happy they have asked me back again. I stay in Canggu when I am in Bali but I really like Ubud. There is a nice energy there, creative and positive. The House of Mask and Puppetry is a special place. My trio will perform on August 8 at 8:00 p.m.

 

Summer Fun!

 

Summer is not here yet, but is approaching soon. I will be in Asia for the summer working on some solo guitar stuff and getting some sun. There are a few dates I will do but haven't got the confirmation yet, but when I do I will post them here. Tokyo should be on the map early August. It's been a while since I visited so I am looking forward to being in Japan again.

I don't post many things here on the website as my facebook public page has many of my daily stuff and activities. I just uploaded some live video from the CD launch in London on youtube. Check it out if get the chance.

Fold Gallery Live

My last gig in London for the summer is this Sunday with the Carbrones Buenos at the Eleanor Arms on the 2nd of June.  I'll be back in the fall to continue performing with this group and filling out some autumn dates. Have fun in the sun and thanks for all the support!