Pablo Grabielismo is one of those musicians that demands to be heard. Monday’s NACE Baltimore chapter meeting at Sheraton Center City was the venue and I had gone to shoot the event. The mix was a combination of straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz, and swing. Pablo brought a combo . . . two guitars, an upright bass, a tenor sax. Natural ease with a sense of fun. And that only happens because Pablo and his combo are at the top of their game, musically, playing a mixture of classic jazz, laced with a well placed “cooker.” The interplay among the musicians was the highlight for me. At one point it was the bass player’s turn to take a solo; it didn’t even sound like he was playing music . . . it sounded like stream of consciousness conversation. Seriously. That’s when my jaw hit the floor. And then Pablo answered back with his guitar . . . a serious of wistful lines punctuated by a well placed pop. Musical ambrosia. I knew I wanted to share Pablo with you. And the best part? His company Grabielismo Productions hosts a cadre of DC’s best musicians. So, you call Pablo . . . tell him what you want . . . and he arranges everything. In the testimonial section of his website, the one thing I read again and again, is that Pablo listens, Pablo delivers, and Pablo makes whole experience devoid of stress. How’s that for a LOVEMARKS COMPANY?
I thought it would be fun for you to meet Pablo. So here goes.
1. What is the Grabielismo mission?
To help clients turn their events into everything they envision with minimal stress.
2. How has your personal journey brought you to this point?
I guess the most significant event was when I was 19 and going through a rough patch in my life. Down and out, I turned to the guitar for peace and to getaway to a “healthy place,” taught myself, and the rest of the journey is a long story.
3. What is the best part of your job?
When a bride tells me that the music was perfect, exactly what they were looking for and that it made the event!
4. What is on your ipod right now?
Fania Allstars (Salsa), Charlie parker with strings, and Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and a bunch of Wes Montgomery.
5. Best read last year.
”Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner
6. Five top desert island must- haves.
1) My Wife & Daughter
3) An upright Bass player with upright bass
4) Real books (jazz music) volumes 1, 2 & 3
5) a case of extra guitar strings
1) Record a few albums with my original material
2) See my daughter’s 40th birthday
3) Head into the Alaskan wilderness, again, for a whole summer; it was the time of my life!
In addition to being a business owner and working musician in DC, Pablo is a devoted husband and father to sweet daughter, Estela. He has worked as a behavior analyst and music therapist for dementia patients. That rough patch produced some great fruit.
deb edge. her motto is “i am real.” and her uber cool name is only one of the many gifts belonging to this amazing woman.
She’s a Francophile with a capital F. Always has been.
“Paris When it Sparkles,” is her show, now featured at Evangeline at 115 E Patrick St. in historic Frederick, MD.
Carol, owner of Evangeline and deb edge are a perfect complement to one another. The boutique is a sensual escape.
And the photos are so much more stunning in person. I won’t give away any surprises . . . just suffice it to say that if you’re in the area, it’s well worth the trip.
A visual feast. A little sparkle. A lot of deb.
February 7th from 7-9, join deb for a glass of wine at Evangeline. I know she won’t mind that I invited you . . . it’s art for happy people.
deb takes functional art to a new level. The “gift tag” tree was one of my favs.
My cohort on this sunny winter day was Lanie of The Crystal Lenz. A photography show is ALWAYS more fun when shared with a friend.
Couldn’t resist THIS one!
Carla David is a California transplant . . . sunny, easygoing, and incredibly talented. I met Carla at a event at the Baltimore Country Club, and happened to be down in her neck of the woods last week for a photo session, so we grabbed a coffee, and I got to see her portfolio and couture wedding album design first hand.
Carla’s been designing since high school, and she has a sleek, modern aesthetic. Her designs are just like her personality. Sunny. Easy. Perfect.
Do you want an artist to design a one of a kind invitation for your event? Check out Carla David Design. You won’t be sorry.
You cast your votes . . . thank you for those that gave me feedback. Here it is! The logo that I’ll grow up with! I went back to the drawing board twice, and finally sat down one afternoon with my designer, Steve Gibson of Udio Edge,with Starbucks in hand. Well, we finally hammered it out, and I must say, Steve nailed it! It’s exactly what I wanted . . .sharp, clear and simple . . . and I was even able to keep that little red dot to which I’ve grown attached. So, here’s my $.02 about Steve. Extremely accessible, great listener, incredible eye . . . all my interactions with him have been full of grace . . . no question was ever stupid in his eyes (and believe me, I did ask some dooseys!) . . . and, he even went above and beyond when I ran into glitches using the logo online.Have you heard of Kevin Robert’s book Lovemarks? Well, Udio Edge is a Lovermarks company . . . creating loyalty beyond reason.
BRIDES.COM’s Mary Glorioso hosted a beautiful event last evening at the most incredible location. Her attention to detail made this event both fun and profitable!
The venue was this gorgeous 230 acre estate in the heart of God’s country. It’s the 4000 sq. ft. Abisso Banquet Hall on The Aellen family’s wine plantation located 4.5 miles northeast of New Market, MD. Owner, and plantation manager, Eric Aellen, shared some of his family story with me, and it’s amazing and inspiring. Check out this family’s history at Lingore Winecellars . . . and spend some time looking at this gorgeous facility. Eric was a warm and engaging host for the evening . . . the Aellens would bring their “family welcome” to your next special occasion.
The event was catered by Dionysus Kitchen.Chef, Paul Dongarra, created delicate and unique appetizers and desserts that were scrumptious. We LOVED the mashed potato station . . . to attempt to describe it would not even do it justice . . . let’s just say, we were parked there for quite awhile.
I attended the event with Kim Green of Kimberly Brooke Photography and her sister, Becky. The company couldn’t have been better. These are the most gorgeous sisters, and they are even more beautiful on the inside! I love this photo of Kim taken by photographer, Kelly Holder at Love Affair. Kelly captured Kim’s playful spirit . . . I love it! This photo is from Kelly’s Blog . . . Kim has some really exciting news . . . she has a secret project that she’s unveiling soon . . . check her blog! Kim is one of those people who believes that there are no secrets allowed in photography (except for her secret project!) and she is one who shares what she knows and learns. That’s one of the things I love most about her . . . she is secure in who she is and whose she is! Another little tibit I learned . . . Kim is shooting a destination wedding this year . . . in ITALY!!! How cool is that? I’m excited to be second shooting with Kim this season.
Talked with John Rose, who is an alumni of Linganore High School, where my sweetie, Carl, and I taught when we first fell in love. John was an artist in high school (Carl and I still have two pieces of his art from way back!) and he has taken his creative eye to new heights. John is a very successful videographer, and along with his good friend, photographer, Pete Redel, brought life to this Bride’s.com event! These guys are so much fun together . . . Pete spent much of the evening convincing John to hop on a plane to Vegas with him this weekend to attend WPPI . . . and I think he’s going!
John’s buddy, Pete Redel is a photographer who does amazing things with lighting. His aesthetic is REALLY cool . . . he is a photoshop master, and coupled with his eye, his photos are indescribable.
We ate some mashed potatoes with Shaun Williams of Shaun Anthony’s Clear Focus .I met Shaun at the Pictage PUG in February in Savage.He has some new things up his sleeve for 2008. Exciting ideas. Check him out! He has the skill and the personality to match! This is Shaun (on left) at the Pictage conference in LA. Check out Shaun’s Blog for more of his work.
I also visited with Mary Gardella and Jennifer Domenick of Love Life Images in Savage, MD. Mary and Jennifer host the Pictage PUG every month in their gorgeous studio in Historic Savage, MD. Their approach is comfortable and unobstrusive. They document life and love. And boy, they do it well!
Yeah, this was a fun event! I love meeting new people . . . it’s energizing . . . and to be in a room full of creative people . . . well, let’s just say that I couldn’t fall asleep for a LONG TIME last night. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. Life is so rich.
Panera was the location . . . the turkey artichoke with chips was our selection . . . and kids, husbands, and our creative businesses were the topics of interest.Victoria Clausen is an amazing artist . . . and her medium is nature. Let me clarify. ”Extraordinary Special Events” does not even begin to describe what Victoria does. Romance of Flowers is a highly regarded special event florist in the Baltimore/ Washington corridor. But one of Victoria’s gifts is her ability to think outside the box . . . to create one-of-a kind designs that reflect the personality of her clients. I have known Victoria to create centerpieces with kumquats still on the branch, fresh artichokes, and garden picked brussel sprouts intertwined with fresh cut flowers. Exquisite. I have had the pleasure to spend time in Victoria’s cutting garden . . . art in itself. Victoria is the real deal. Wife, mother, artist. Her love for her husband and sons touches my heart . . . and, well, her passion for her artwork speaks for itself. Her motto is perfectly chosen . . . “touching hearts . . . one petal at a time.”
I don’t know. But, what I do know is that I had a blast taking their band shots in Federal Hill. Band photo shoots are the best because there are no real rules to follow.