I went to an exhibition of local art this week where I came across a couple of really interesting and captivating artists.
Beckie Reed combines splattered textures and incredible attention to detail to create dreamy woodland scenes. These paintings reminded me of a lot of my own trips to the woods, one of my favourite retreats.
Vanda Richards also paints blissful scenery. The difference between the two being that Vanda illustrates wide open fields and rivers decorated with delicate clouds. This sparseness was quite peaceful to gaze upon, and yet was still alive with a ton of colours.
There was mandolin stuff yesterday and it sounds cooooooool!
Mexican guitar, and the sculpture I made last night after we’d played. Unfortunately the gig was really quiet, and our sound wasn’t at it’s best.
I bought tickets for this last night for when I’m in London doing auditions. :)
After my two weeks off from the restaurant, it was nice to be back at work behind the piano. I then spent the rest of the weekend at concerts. Do I go to too many?
On the Saturday, I went to a concert in Norwich celebrating Britten. The concert was split into 3 parts, to highlight a new composition by Gordon Crosse, Blyth Postcards for string quartet. The commission consisted of 3 shorts pieces (one at the beginning of each part) highlighting a different theme. I must say, I really enjoyed the first movement, and the later two not so much, purely due to how the string quartet was being utilised, and the interesting textures that were produced. Also contained in the concert were pieces arranged and adored by Britten, these included works by Schubert, Purcell, and a bunch of songs by Dowland, as well as two original Britten compositions (his cello sonata, and third cello suite). These pieces for me both had really nice moments, but as a whole felt really disjunct and vague. Most of Britten’s music seems to go over my head, I think I’m missing the point. My favourite piece of the night by far, was Frank Bridge’s cello sonata. The piano writing was just so colourful and beautifully executed, I felt the cello wasn’t even needed. All the cello did for me was highlight when the piano wasn’t playing!
On Sunday, I went to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange to watch the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. I was lucky enough to be invited to their rehearsal earlier on in the day and was given scores to follow along with, it was really interesting to watch. They performed 3 pieces that afternoon; Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Ravel’s Ma Mére L’oye, and the premiere’s Jeff Moore’s purely orchestral version of River Journey. The Ravel and Stravinsky works were very well done, and it always a pleasure to follow Petrushka’s complexity. It must be said however, this piece by Jeff Moore was SO good, the work features amazing motific development, and wonderfully orchestrated sweeps and swells. When I heard it in concert, the 20 minutes just flew by, and I’ve had the main theme stuck in my head for days. I look forward to hearing more of Jeff’s work in the future.
Booked my flights for my composition trip to Cyprus next year. HOW EXCITING!
In celebration of reaching 15000 plays on SoundCloud I uploaded a demo remix of Drake’s track ‘Furthest Thing’.
I went to a couple concerts last weekend that I’m gonna talk about for a bit.
I went to see Mount Kimbie on Friday night at Norwich Arts Centre. I’ve loved Mount Kimbie for a long time, and the Arts Centre is one of my favourite venues, but the sound wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. It was mainly too loud, and nothing was really clear. All of the vocal samples in things like Maybes became lost in the noise. Some of the tracks just felt like ongoing walls of sound. Other than that, I did enjoy the performance, and was still able to experience my favourite tracks. Also they had a really cool slideshow playing behind them the whole gig which, in my opinion, was a collection of travel photos they’d taken. Some of them were really cool though, and used glare in creative ways to increasingly distort an image.
On Saturday I went to see the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus at the King’s Lynn Minster. I’d never been to a concert there before, and I actually really enjoyed it. The sound was really nice, but I most enjoyed the way the director handled the choir. The baritone soloist was also really impressive throughout. My favourite piece from that night was Fauré’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’. Really looking forward to this choir singing my piece!
Me and the band headlined a gig at the weekend in Jurnet’s Bar. I’ve actually played there before, but only as a solo act. It’s a really old underground pub, and I just love the vibes down there. Our set went down well and we sounded quite good too.
I succeeded in getting an audition at RAM!
I’ve been booked to play the piano both Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. December is going to be a good month!
This lecture is well worth a watch if you’re interested in Messiaen.
Just found out we’re headlining Friday.