Archive for July, 2010

First time in Latvia

Friday, July 16th, 2010

I’m enjoying my first trip to Latvia, playing two concerts at the Introvert Music Festival. Last night I played a concert featuring only slow music! by Bach, Metcalfe, Schumann, Part, Rachmaninov and improvisations, to an audience that appeared not to get at all bored. Tomorrow night I will play a concert starting at 11pm, and I’ll play all through the night – mostly improvisations on acoustic and electric cellos – before being joined by Sanju Sahai, table player, at 7am to finish off the performance prior to a very large breakfast. The audience will bring sleeping bags and cushions, and will stretch out on the floor of the hall in the amazing 18th Century Vecgulbenes Manor House. It’s something new for me…watch this space for a write up soon…

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Back at the Bimhuis…

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Very nice to be back at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam for a night with the Metropole Strings. As the world’s foremost jazz orchestra it was always going to be an exciting week, but it did surpass expectations, as in the concert (some arrangements for cello and strings, some impro, and some devised w0rk), they REALLY went for it! It was absolutely wonderful to be a part of, as the energy was exceptional – they were so open and generous with their musicality on stage. The (small but perfectly formed) audience responded well, and seemed to totally get the quality of what they were doing which was great. So that’s 2 fantastic nights at the Bimhuis in one month – I love playing there!

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