My Neighbor is Famous

Ok, not really. But he is a musician and he's playing Saturday.

His name is Darrin Thaves and he's a flutist. Let me go on record right now as saying this: If you have to live within earshot of a professional musician who not only practices all day, but gives lessons in their spare time, make it a flute player. Seriously, it's like heaven above, which is ironic because he lives upstairs.

My girlfriend (sorry ladies) and I often talk about how screwed we'd be if we shared walls with  John Bonham or Slash, but the flute's another ballgame. Every blue moon Thaves asks if his playing bothers us and trust me, if it did, we'd tell him. But it doesn't. It's actually really nice and I tend to miss it when he's out of town.

So anyway, according to his bio, Thaves "has held the position of Principal Flute with the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Pacific Chamber Soloists, as well as the position of Second Flute in the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a featured soloist with both the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Tacoma Youth Symphony. He is the Co-Director and Founder of the NW Flute Collegium, and serves as a flute coach for the Evergreen Music Festival. He has also served as director of the Pacific Flute Ensemble and as Flute Specialist for the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association." He also serves on the applied flute faculty at Cal State Long Beach, whatever that means.

Saturday's show includes works by Bohuslav Martinu, Paul Schoenfield and Paul Taffanel. I'll be there and so should you. If anyone reading this decides to attend, come say hi. I'll be the guy who looks like he shouldn't be at a flute gig.

Come to think of it, Thaves isn't the only pro I've lived next to. Years ago I shared a bedroom wall with Reel Big Fish's Scott Klopfenstein (when he wasn't on tour, which was like four days a year), but Thaves is pretty damn talented in his own right and worthy of some attention.

The performance is at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB. 8 p.m. $10.


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