Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bachanalia 2012

It's become an annual celebration, a family reunion for the classical and jazz musicians of Nashville. It's a six-hour marathon of the music of J.S. Bach, featuring everything from a quarter of harps to the mighty organ situated in the rear balcony of Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, to a whistling physician, to jazz musicians improvising on the master's music. Along the way, choirs sing, soloists perform, and the audience fills the pews. Most stay for a couple of hours, many stay until the end. Lots of food available in the parish hall, and great fellowship amongst both musicians and audience.

Musicians are a funny lot. We work like madmen, most of us; and although there is a lot of mutual admiration, we tend not to cross paths with some of our colleagues except at the rare event like this. The green room set aside for the performers is where everyone gets to catch up with one another.

Presented by Christ Church Cathedral, organized by the brilliant Susan Dupont and her merry band of volunteers, this is a great event, not to be missed.

I'm proud to be involved, this year and previous years in arranging sponsorship via The Harp School, Inc. and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

This year, I even pull the trombone out and perform some short transcriptions, accompanied at the harp by the brilliant Carol McClure.

Details: 5:00-11:00 pm, free admission with donations gratefully accepted and food and mementos available to purchase.

Christ Church Cathedral
901 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Welcome. It's me, Wes.

I've been asked from time to time why I keep such a low profile. There's a story to tell about that, but this is not the time or place. Yet. That day is approaching, however.

So, for now, welcome. It's me, Wes Ramsay, the happily married composer/trombonist/border collie owner who has had the privilege of raising two fabulous children in a small county outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

I also have the privilege of creating some delightful music with and for people I admire and am blessed to know. I'm generally humbled they tolerate me, much less treat me with such love.

From time to time, I'll share some of the music, and some of the stories of those people, and trust you'll enjoy them both.

Meanwhile, if you wish to get in touch, I've left the comment window open. I vet all comments before publication, to prevent spammers, scammers and stalkers from invading this little corner.