More About the Author
Author/Composer Mike Curtis is already well-known to lots of musicians who play the clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, and oboe. He has written dozens of duos, trios, and quartets published in Europe and the USA and groups like the Budapest Sax Quartet and the Flanders Clarinet Quartet have put them on CD's for the world to enjoy. His music has borrowed heavily from his travels to Eastern Europe, China, Spain, and Mexico.
Raised near San Diego, Mike grew up fishing the rocky shores of Baja. He studied music and won a year-long job with the Mexico State Symphony, with concerts at the glittering Palacio de Bellas Artes and TV performances from Chapultepec Castle. It is said "once the dust of Mexico settles on your heart, you can find rest in no other land," and thus Mike has returned nearly every year, to show friends and family the beauty and the mystery of his favorite places.
His first book, Memories of a Musician in Mexico, is an homage to Mexico and an honest account of his own troubled path to maturity. "Reading this book is like watching a film, in which the scenery, music and characters catapult one into the very soul of a magical country."
His second book, a novel called El Pescador (The Fisherman) is a thought-provoking insight into aging, concern for the planet, and a sense of community. Multiple voices, mixed media, and flights of fancy occur in this short book but the story is age-old, rooted in belonging and self-redemption. Sensual images of Mexico abound.
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