Yesterday I found out that Lorenzo Malfatti passed away in November. It was heartening to discover his Wikipedia entry, and read again about all the things he’d done. I had a few coaching sessions with him while I lived in Youngstown, and he may have done a master class at Dana, though that was a long time ago. He was demanding as an instructor but I always walked out of there feeling great, feeling accomplished—and he had a good soul. He would come up to me after performances sometimes with praise, or advice, or both. Remembering him makes me smile.
It’s sad to know that he’s gone, but he was 84 years old. And wow, looking at Wikipedia… he did so many awesome things. He was a very, very cool dude, and I am so proud to have crossed paths with him.