JIM has been playing woodwind instruments most of his life, beginning on the clarinet when he was eight. He has been teaching and performing on the recorder since 1961. He has studied recorder and early music with Dr. Carl Dolmetsch, Dr. George Houle, and Frans Bruggen. He received his education from Pomona College (B.A.,1962) and the University of Colorado (Ph.D.,1969).
Jim has played with the "Renaissance Consort" and the "Feld Sinfonietta" in Los Angeles, the "Collegium Musicum" of the University of Colorado, and the "Boulder Early Music Ensemble" in Colorado. He has taught recorder and Renaissance music through the University of Colorado and the Idyllwild Arts Foundation of the University of Southern California as well as privately.
Over the years, Jim has performed at community concerts, college campuses, elementary and secondary schools, gourmet restaurants, nursing homes, Sunday worship services, and home concerts. Since retiring, he has been producing videos of private performances with his wife, Mindy, at their home in Veracruz, Mexico. While music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods is his first love, he also enjoys playing folk music from many countries, popular music, hymns, and light jazz.
Jim's most popular music videos on his YouTube channel have each received 8-10,000 views now. Some of the accompaniments on this album have been arranged and synthesized on the computer by Jim. Others are being played by Mindy.
MINDY has a varied music background which includes piano lessons, singing in choirs and madrigal groups, and playing the recorder and the auto-harp. Recently, she has discovered a versatile, electronic version of her beloved auto-harp called the "Q Chord" which is being used on the recordings of this album. The Q Chord is a synthesizing instrument which can be made to sound like a guitar, harp, piano, organ, or many other instruments of the orchestra.
"CHUMI" is Jim and Mindy's Golden Retriever, pictured on the cover of their album. He is one of five rescue dogs (and four rescue cats) that live with them in their little house on the slopes of a picturesque river valley in the tropics in Mexico.