Ever since we lost Pink to renal lymphoma a year ago, we had felt that the cat family was very unbalanced in addition to the gaping hole left by his absence.  Jaco and Laxmi were tightly bonded, and Gureyo was almost always off by herself.  That wouldn’t do, so we began actively looking for a new kitten to help fill the empty space vacated by Pink.   (more…)

Following Chi’s dismissal of our erstwhile producer Steven and decision to start working with another producer/musician instead, various things came up that disrupted a variety of processes that were underway.  (more…)

During the previous few weeks working with Steven, Chi, in addition to his usual insistence on having a vocalist on the album, also said that he wanted to bring in another L.A.-based musician: a highly talented string player/multi-instrumentalist with advanced production chops that he had gigged with several times in the past to play on the album and also perform with us. I had no objection since I happen to like this person very much as well as know and respect his playing. (more…)

People may wonder why despite our considerable existing and ongoing creative output there is very little new content uploaded to the Panache Orchestra websites on anything resembling a frequent basis. Why might this be?  (more…)

In the tradition described in this piece, Chi blew another opportunity to secure gainful employment, this time in a capacity that would have suited him perfectly.  What did he do this time?  (more…)

What took place during the subsequent sessions with our producer….  (more…)

Our producer dropped in on us Friday evening and this happened….  (more…)

Summary: 2012 was the “year of the guava”, in that I was finding more creative ways to use our annual surfeit of them.  This is another experiment that turned out well.  (more…)

Initial Pre-Prod Sessions With Our New Producer — strategic planning, repertoire selection, and trying to get a working DAW up and running… (more…)

Since our new producer was scheduled to come over the next day to commence the pre-production process for the new album, I wanted to hit the ground running and was successful in getting Chi to sit down at the kitchen table in a seemingly reasonable frame of mind with pen, paper and a list of rock-like Panache pieces to draw from as an initial planning stage for the new album that was to feature our rock repertoire.  As I fully expected, it was quite an ordeal.    (more…)