Let me start by saying that 2017 has been really good to me so far.
There has been a lot that has happened these past months and I’ll be sure to post about it later (JEN Conference 2017 highlights, writing/recording process, etc) but for now, I want to focus on the present – The debut album with Odisea is complete!
This album features trumpeter Jose Estrada (Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Lewelheads) and drummer Andrew Slater (Daydream, WSO). These guys consistently bring their A-Game to the table and I am so grateful to work with them and call them friends. We are so excited to have released this body of work. You can download/stream the album at http://www.michaeljengdahl.bandcamp.com
Our release show is TOMORROW May 11 at Barleycorn’s in Wichita, KS. Starts at 7p with Crisis Casanova opening. No cover, 21+
Click here for more information —> Odisea Release Show Event Page
In the midst of recording the album, I was completing the final semester of my masters degree at Wichita State and I’m proud to say that I will graduating this Saturday, May 13! Honestly, I can’t believe it’s already over. 2 years flies by a lot faster then you think. I’m thankful for all the faculty, family, and friends who have supported me the entire way. I’m relieved to see it finally be complete!
This end of this semester also marks my first year of teaching at Hutchinson Community College. The experience has taught me so much (I’ll talk more about that later) and being able to work with these students and faculty members truly amazing. It was an interesting dynamic straddling the student/teacher fence. I felt like I was living a bit of a double life! (or triple life – either way, many different hats were worn this year).
There are so many topics that I want to cover this summer. This year has proven to be very eye opening in many ways and I’ll be sure to discuss them and be more active as I move forward (because…summer).
For those of you that have already purchased the album…Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Even just taking the time to listen to it means the world to me. This has been an incredible adventure so far and I’m so glad our hard work has paid off in the form of this album. Be sure to come see us tomorrow night at Barleycorn’s – you won’t want to miss it!