George Essihos

April 1, 2017

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I was very sad to hear today of the death of George Essihos on Wednesday.

I didn’t know about him, or his music, until just a few years ago. Since then, his performances and recordings have brought me a lot of joy and have helped me understand jazz, and perhaps a few other things, in a new way.

I feel honoured to have met him, and grateful that I got to hear him play on several occasions, including what I believe was his last public performance, in Mill Bay, early in 2015.

I guess you could say that once I discovered him, I made a point of getting to know him as best I could, and I’d like to think that in some way my family and I brought a bit of joy to his life as well, through the friendship we cultivated.

George visited us at the Peace Garden at Woodwynn Farms a few weeks before the official opening. Photos on this page show him with a glass-on-glass mosaic I had made, inspired by his performance of “I’m Beginning to See the Light.”

Like many others, I am wishing that there could be a chance to hear him play again.

 


Pop Up Piano

July 5, 2014

Lots going on – including this project of Deryk’s. A decorated outdoor piano for the public to play.  It’s at the foot of Oliver street in Oak Bay. Inspired by John Lennon – Deryk has titled it “Imagine”. There are three (2 other artists did them as well) around the neighbourhood. The pianos were donated and the project involves the municipality of Oak Bay, the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and Tourism Oak Bay. – See more at:

http://www.timescolonist.com/the-colour-of-music-painted-pianos-to-dot-oak-bay-1.1129422

 

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Piano in Oak Bay

Piano in Oak Bay

 

And… there’s a tribute to me and the kids on the back!

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