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New Jazz CD Release: Sentimental Swing: Duane Padilla – Violin

Aloha friends.  Good News! I just released my first solo jazz violin album!! IInspired by the lyricism of Frank Sinatra and the eternally optimistic melodies of French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, the album presents a selection of romantically swinging jazz improvisations based on classics from The Great American Song Book. The album, entitled “Sentimental Swing” pays nostalgic … Continue reading

Eden’s Book 1 Recital / Celebration

As a proud Suzuki Method trained violin teacher, I find a lot of value in reviewing old repertoire and keeping a lot of songs “under one’s fingers”. Convincing students of this is not always easy. To encourage my students to review, I offer what I like to call the “Suzuki Book Graduation Party Challenge”. A … Continue reading

Recording Session: UH Professors preparing for their European Tour

There are days where I really love what I do. When I get a chance to record world class musicians, that’s a good day. Last night was definitely a good day. My friends Prof. Ibei Lin, cello and Prof. Jonathan Korth, piano from the University of Hawaii Manoa are leaving next week for a European … Continue reading

Maui Spring Recital 2011

When I first started flying to Maui to teach in 2002, there were very few, violin students on the island. In fact, I was talking with some of the parents about this the other day, most had never even seen a violin in real life before, much less considered the idea that they might actually … Continue reading