Last year's winner Soñar fades into a good dream

2011-02-17T00:00:00Z 2011-02-17T00:15:03Z Last year's winner Soñar fades into a good dreamDan Sorenson Dsorenson@azstarnet.com Arizona Daily Star
February 17, 2011 12:00 am  • 

The members of Soñar, the 2010 Battle of the Bands winner, are still playing. But not in the same band.

It's not a particularly sad story. It has nothing to do with "creative differences" or members outgrowing the band's music. It's not a particularly unusual story, rather one that high school bands have repeated for years.

The three members of the atmospheric instrumental rock band graduated from high school - two from Greenfields Country Day School and one from St. Gregory Preparatory School - and headed off to different colleges and about as far apart as you can get in the continental United States without getting your feet wet.

Drummer Galen McIsaac-Davidson, 19, is at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.

Keyboard man Jacob Lifton, 18, is at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Guitarist Griff Tovey, 19, is at Pima Community College. Of the three, he's playing the most music, taking a piano class at PCC, getting some jazz guitar lessons and working with the Tucson Jazz Institute.

The three got together in Tucson over the recent winter break, but didn't get a chance to do the reunion gig they talked about doing for friends and fans of the band.

"I actually got together with him (Griff Tovey) a couple of times," Lifton said. "He's pretty good at jazz; he's picking it up fast. I definitely noticed that his chord changes and soloing improvisation definitely has gotten better."

Lifton said he's been going in the same direction. He studied classical piano since he was about 6 years old.

"There's a piano in the dorm so I go down there once in a while and mess around," Lifton said. "I'm not taking lessons. It's mostly by myself, writing new things or playing old things."

He said he also played a few shows around Ithaca with a local klezmer band.

As a drummer, it's been tougher for McIsaac-Davidson, as a full drum kit and a dorm room don't usually go together.

"Here at Whitman I play hand drums, a lighter acoustic thing," McIsaac-Davidson said. "I jam with other folks in the dorm. My roommate is an awesome guitarist. We play together to unwind."

He said the three old bandmates really clicked when they got together in Tucson over the holidays.

"Whenever we get together, we end up making new stuff, which is fun, but it's not going to go anywhere for a while," said McIsaac-Davidson.

"I really do miss playing with Soñar.

"We're definitely lifetime friends, Jacob and Griff."

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