Weekly Inspiration // Neil Ostercamp

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Neil and I’m one of the worship leaders at The Gathering.  Thanks for taking the time to read our blog.  The purpose of this entry is to share a few things that are inspiring to me as an artist.  Please take a minute to click around and discover some great work that you may not be familiar with.

Tyson Motsenbocker:
I’ve been listening to his music for awhile now and have a real connection to his lyrics and tasteful instrumentation.  Check out the newest Almira EP as well as Letter to Lost Loves.  Also, the song Path in the Weeds off of the Rivers & Roads EP is worth a listen.

Gerald Clayton:
One of the best jazz pianists out there today is Gerald Clayton.  His music is truly exceptional and even if you don’t consider yourself a jazz fan, you should check out everything he’s released.  Tributary Tales is his latest record.

Rachel See:
My friend Rachel is good at everything.  I met her through my wife and she has become a cherished collaborator in music, photography, subtle humor, and the consumption of fried pickles.  Her photography is worth noticing.  Here’s a link to what she’s been up to:

French Wine:
I have two close friends that recently traveled to France for a wedding.  They returned with a new appreciation for French wine, which we’ve shared over dinner and watch parties of The Bachelorette.  Here’s a generic link I found on the Internet, and a helpful map if you don’t like to read.

Smokey James and the Avalanche:
I’m not ashamed to promote a band that I’m in.  Over the last few months, Smokey James and the Avalanche has had the chance to play at a number of significant events in Kansas City including Middle of the Map Fest and TEDxKC.  Take a look at our minimalistic website for social media links.  

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Neil Ostercamp is a dedicated performer, composer, and educator.  His first Made New Creative release is a collection of original songs and hymns containing scripturally based lyrics, original orchestration, and an introspective approach to songwriting.  He will release another EP in November 2017 featuring the Clayton Chamber Ensemble, which includes new songs for the season of Advent.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Neil Ostercamp can be seen and heard playing a wide variety of musical styles.  He has played throughout the country as a dual classical/jazz saxophonist, is the founder of multiple ensembles including Missouri Saxophone Quartet, Trio Chymera, Free Collective, and Zoo/Forest Initiative and makes a living in St. Louis as a worship leader and university professor.