What's Been Happening at Coastal Music 101
Both Matt and I had a super busy December full of school concerts, Christmas shows and New Year’s performances. So, when the new year began we took a quick full breath before we once again hit the accelerator. January and February have brought so many good things for us and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for all the opportunities we have received. Matt has thoroughly enjoyed the musical collaboration he has had playing in the Tillamook based ensemble Mister E Ride. Mister E Ride plays groovy neo soul tunes and he joins the group on the saxophone and keys. The group has been busy performing live music along the Tillamook Coast In Netarts, Tillamook and Manzanita. Matt also recently stepped into a position on the board of the Lincoln City Pops, the central Oregon Coast’s own big band where he also plays lead tenor.
I’ve been busy working as the vocal coach and accompanist for the Lincoln City Taft High School Choir in preparation for a district choral competition and I’m proud to say that students sound amazing! Just earlier today in rehearsal the altos and sopranos were blowing me away with their dynamic phrasing, articulation and song interpretation. I’ve also teaching the bright students at St. James Santiago School where we have been rehearsing African folk songs and delighting in the musical talents of the Neskowin Valley School students as we experiment with new instruments and rhythms every day in class. Beyond the group teaching my private piano and voice studio has been filled with music students with a variety of skills and interests. The diversity of what and who I get to musically coach and teach on a daily basis is astounding and brings so much joy to me every day!
Together as the Matt and Amy White Duo we have been adding lots of new tunes to our set list and have been keeping a busy performance schedule along the central coast. We’ve been loving performing for new audiences and the opportunity to return in the last few weeks to some of our favorite spots including The Black Squid Beerhouse, The Mist at the Surftides Resort and The Taphouse at Nye Creek. Live music is alive and well on the central Oregon coast and we are happy to be part of it!