For those of you who have been closely following my blogs from Banff, (both of you,) I feel compelled to offer an apology for the lack of recent blog posts. To be honest, there were reasons:
I just can’t seem to write the kind of blog that is a glorified tweet, wherein the events of a given day are given drive-by reportage,resulting in an entry that would read like this:
Got up late after sight-reading into the wee hours, of chamber ensemble reductions of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, which, incredibly, included a part for electric guitar.
Thought I saw a bear, just reflection in mirror.
Morning: Incredible master class; head exploded.
Lunch: Vistas (the Banff Centre dining hall) for lunch and coffee, on the way thought I saw a bear, just a Canadian.
Early afternoon: Rehearsing, composing, and practicing.
Afternoon concert; head exploded.
Thought I saw a bear, just Geoff Shoesmith, Banff director of operations.
After concert, composing, rehearsing and practicing.
Vistas for dinner, stomach exploded.
Evening concert; head exploded.
Post concert: practicing, composing, rehearsing.
Into town for Karaoke, thought gruff-voiced singer was Tom Waits, just a bear.
See how unsatisfying and unfinished that reads? Of course, only part of the above was true.
The other factor contributing to my lack of ongoing bloggage is the overwhelming schedule. It is totally up to me if I wanted to barricade myself in my hut like Michigan Militia, briefly emerging from my composing lair to forage for berries and grubs, but the Banff Way is to participate and collaborate. Below is a short list of activities that have occurred in the recent weeks.
2 weeks worth of jazz workshops, playing for and sometimes with Dafnis Prieto, Peter Appfleman, Uri Caine and Phil Dwyer.
Guitarist/vocalist for 1 ?? weeks, toward the premiere of an hour long work by Giorgio Magnanensi.
Workshop and jam session with sitar guru, Kartik Seshadri
Attending workshops including those given by violinist, Ian Swenson and pianist, Anton Kuerti.
Giving own workshops regarding improvisation and the blues, occasionally providing individual coaching of blues playing.
Attended 90+ concerts, appearing in a half dozen, one of which was my own recital of new work written at Banff.
As a composer, I have worked on at least 30 different pieces, completing about 10 at this point.
Participating in a film shoot with Banff residency filmmaker, Rory Middleton, including composing and performing a new song. The song, as required by Rory, is about a fictional bear attack, entitled “Cover Up and Play Dead.”
So, for now, I must beg your patience regarding more detailed blogs.
Wait???is that a bear?!?