New CD Coming December 2, 2016
Listen to Original Compositions by Phil Lawrence
Phil Lawrence has been playing mandolin since 1978 when he bought his first round back mandolin on a whim. He began studying with Rudy Cipolla, the San Francisco Italian-American composer and mandolinist. He quickly learned to play all different styles of music: bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz, reggae, and even klezmer. Phil produced and published independent recordings of his original compositions in the 1980's and 1990's under his own label, Mandolinimal Productions. In 2004 Phil was invited by David Grisman and Mike Marshall to work as an assistant instructor at David Grisman's Mandolin Symposium in Santa Cruz, Ca. and he performed on stage with David Grisman, Mike Marshall, Chris Thile, Mike Compton, Don Stiernberg, and Radim Zenkl. His Mandolin Mezzotints CD is still available. Phil plays a 1916 vintage Gibson F2 mandolin, a 1988 Martin D-28 guitar, and blues harmonica. Currently he performs with It's A Beautiful Day Acoustic, an acoustic jazz quartet/quintet featuring David LaFlamme from It's a Beautiful Day on violin. The band sometimes goes by the name "The LaFlamme Lawrence Ensemble" or even "The Phil Lawrence Band featuring David and Linda LaFlamme". They have a recording available which features guest mandolinist David Grisman. Phil also plays with The Windshield Cowboys, Teresa Tudury, Light Rain, a belly dance group led by Doug Adamz, and Out of the Blue. In the past he played with Jubilee Klezmer Ensemble, The DLT 3, Silk and Steel, Redwood Highway, The Biocentrics, and Sweet Amnesia. Phil has a radio show called "Mandolins, Cabbages, & Kings" on KOWS 107.3 FM every first, third, and fifth Tuesday of the month from 6:00-8:00 PM. The new CD, Mandolin Heaven, has fourteen new original compositions, and it is due out on December 2, 2016. He also has recorded Mandolin Mandalas with Lisa Sangita Moskow, a fusion of Americana and Indian influenced improvisations. For other recordings, go to the Recordings page on the tab above. Phil makes his home in Sonoma County, California, one hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, where he teaches mandolin between gigs.