Michael Engdahl



New York’s Finest in the Midwest

Take care of the music and the rest will take care of itself. This past week I attended a masterclass held at the University of Kansas with flugelhornist John Raymond and his group Real Feels featuring guitarist Gilad Hekselman and drummer Colin Stranahan. The group is in the middle of the second leg of their tour promoting their new album. This tour has taken them all over the country giving multiple performances and masterclasses. In the last couple years, I’ve become familiar with Gilad and Colin’s work, not only as leaders, but as in-demand sidemen in New York City. Through them I was introduced to John Raymond which led me to discover his large body of work, the tour, and this masterclass. Needless to say, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a road trip (KU is roughly 2 and half hours north of Wichita) and to see these players[…]

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Time: Make It.

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.” – Lao-Tzu Life is nothing short of a balancing act. We are in a constant struggle of doing things now or putting them off until later, wondering if later ever comes. “I’ll get to that tomorrow,” or “It can wait” are unfortunately a daily part of our routine and mindset. Why should it be? We all have the same amount of hours in the day. Will you make the time for what needs to happen or wait until the time ‘magically’ comes back to you? Time management is a skill all within itself. For me, it has always been a huge struggle. As a musician, how are we supposed to balance a regular practice schedule on top of performance demands, teaching, and have a social life on top of that!? As we[…]

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