Month: November 2005

The Harry Potter World

The Harry Potter World

It’s about 1:30am and I have just returned from seeing Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire. I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely.

I am such a sucker for movies, good or bad. Chris says that I’m a terrible judge of movies but I like to think that I’m easy to please. There are some movies I will not stand for (I can’t think of any at the moment) but for the most part I’m usually entertained by a good share of the movies out there.

Anyway, I love the Harry Potter books and this movie was just as enjoyable in a different way.

Yeah Canadians

Yeah Canadians

Some colleagues and friends from Toronto, Canada just released their CD and I am really enjoying the clips I’ve heard on CdBaby. Go and check it out. You may like it, you may not… but I like it.

Leah State (vocalist) sounds wonderful and I’ve always enjoyed playing with pianist Tania Gill while I lived in Toronto. I enjoy it’s chamber music style and arrangements. Also, the music is just fun.

Congratulations Runcible Spoon!

Too Stuffed To Write

Too Stuffed To Write

American Thanksgiving is over and I was too stuffed to post over the weekend. Chris and I went to a big gathering for ‘turkey’ day and had a real nice time. I always find it fun to meet different folks from all walks of life. Being a musician, I have a tendency to hang out with my musician friends (who I love dearly). I enjoy the opportunity to meet people who are not musicians. Although, I must confess that I haven’t had much to say to some people in the corporate world, BUT that doesn’t mean there aren’t cool people in that world. I believe that there are folks out there in any field of work and life who I can relate to. And even if I couldn’t, it’s just a good thing to meet different people because it just gets you out of your own egocentric crap, don’t you think?

Last Friday, Chris and I made dinner for our friends, Nick and Peter. We made duck breast with wild mushrooms, rainbow trout with red onion marmalade, a potato and leek gratin and cream of brocolli soup. Nick brought some pecan pie and Peter made his wonderful cesaer salad. If you want to see photos of the meal, you can link here( I have to say that the food was much tastier that it appears in the photos. I just got a new digital camera for my birthday and Chris wanted to document the meal….don’t ask me why?)
The meal was delicious and it was the first time I ever made duck breast and it came out wonderfully.

My friend Peter is a great saxophonist and we are playing together at Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center with Sherisse Rogers’ Big Band on Monday, December 5th. You can also check Peter’s band out on December 13th at Detour in the East Village.

It’s time for me to run off to the gym to shed the massive pounds I ate over Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving US

Happy Thanksgiving US

This is just a quick Happy Thanksgiving wish for all you Americans out there. Canada already had their Thanksgiving in October. One could argue that it’s the “real” Thanksgiving but, I don’t really want to start that feud.

I’m not actually cooking turkey on the day because Chris and I got invited to a friend’s place for turkey dinner. BUT, on Friday I will be cooking for some friends and it should be fun since I’m cooking a dish that I’ve never done before so needless to say it should be interesting.

Gobble, gobble everyone and for all those vegetarians…..toffle, toffle.

Have a safe and happy holiday folks!

A Cool Find

A Cool Find

So, late last night I was talking to my best boy Jacob Sacks and he told me about this google link he found of himself and I thought it was a nice find. If you want to check it out here it is: Soulmates. I don’t know who this fellow is but I really appreciate the fact that he digs our music. So “Me Wag”, whoever you are from Valley Ranch, Texas, thanks!
He also comments on my friend and fellow 4inObjects man Jacob Garchik‘s great new release “Abstracts”. If you haven’t checked out this recording, you should, it is really fantastic. Jacob Garchik is probably one of the best trombonists I know. It is always an honour and pleasure to hear and play music with him.
Check it out.

Also, the 4inObjects CD will be coming out soon so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

The Bishop Was In Town

The Bishop Was In Town

This past Friday (11/04/05) friend, composer and saxophonist Andrew Bishop was the special guest for the Restless Spirit Music Series at the 5C Cafe. The night was filled with lots of musical surprises and adventure.

One of the special parts about Andrew performing with Jacob Sacks and myself is that Andrew is not only a fantastic improviser on the saxophone (he also plays a killin’ clarinet) but he is also an award winning classical composer. With those two talents, Andrew brought a unique contribution to the group that was inspiring.

One of my favourite moments was when we performed a Canadian folk song called “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie”. Andrew opened with a very quiet yet penatrating flourish of arpeggios that set the tone for me to being singing the first verse of the song. Chris (my darling), said it made his hair stand on end and his eyes tear.

We played a vast range of music that night. Some of the tunes were jazz standards like Dancing On The Ceiling and We’ll Be Together Again; folk songs adapted by classical composers Benjiman Britten and Aaron Copland such as At The River, Can Ye Sew Cushions and Oliver Cromwell; Neil Young, Joe Raposo, originals from myself and Jacob and some free improvisations.

It was a nice little crowd at the 5C and we all had a great time. Having a wonderful musical experience like this makes me so happy that I am a musician living in this great city that I call home.

Etudes

Etudes

Last Saturday (Oct.29th), I went to Miller Theater to see pianist, Christopher Taylor perform Gyorgy Ligeti’s “The Complete Piano Etudes”. The etudes were in three books that have spanned over 25 years.

Christopher Taylor began with Book 3 and 2 and closed with Book 1. I was completely blown away. I’ve know the Ligeti Etudes to be very difficult but for one individual to play them all was astonishing. I was even more impressed by that fact that Christopher Taylor performed Book 1 completely by memory. Taylor is a passionate and deeply musical performer. He had an amazing ability to change moods and take you on a journey within one etude. I was so moved by the opening work in Book 3 called “White on White” (1995) that I felt tingles and began to weep. I’m an emotional person but I certainly don’t weep at every concert I see.

Some of the pieces were mind-boggling. The technical facility one would be required to have in order to play such pieces as Ligeti Etudes is daunting to most inspiring pianists. I believe it’s known that Ligeti himself is rather picky about who performs his Etudes in public. I think that says a lot about Christopher Taylor’s musical and technical abilities.

I have to confess that I have only heard one Ligeti Etude in my life and that Saturday night’s performance was the first time I heard all of them. I was moved, overwhelmed and down right crazed after Christopher Taylor’s performance. I couldn’t help myself from jumping out of my seat and yelling like some teenybopper at a pop concert. Though some audience members might of thought I was crazy, I don’t think Christopher Taylor minded the cheers and hollers.

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