This song is everything I’m into at the minute. Bossa Nova’s are so much fun. 

My latest ABRSM grade 5 theory pupil just passed his exam :)

I finished this book yesterday on the bus. It was an interesting progression from Musica Practica (which I read earlier this year) but it was different in that it was centred much more on political history than that of music. Music was used as a grand metaphor and a precursor for the political vehicle, emphasised not only by evidence from classical (“learned”) music but also from popular and ethnic music. My only distaste was towards the utopian prediction for the future of music, succeeding the post-modern crisis. I’m too much of a pessimist to be that hopeful!

I finished this book yesterday on the bus. It was an interesting progression from Musica Practica (which I read earlier this year) but it was different in that it was centred much more on political history than that of music. Music was used as a grand metaphor and a precursor for the political vehicle, emphasised not only by evidence from classical (“learned”) music but also from popular and ethnic music. My only distaste was towards the utopian prediction for the future of music, succeeding the post-modern crisis. I’m too much of a pessimist to be that hopeful!

As usual I’ve been to an array of concerts that I’ve forgotten to blog about (I will get over this).

I went to see the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra in their final concert of the season back in June. It was a special concert highlighting the orchestras talented individuals with solo roles (normally they bring soloists in). The program itself was really inviting, with a diverse range of lesser known composers, something I particularly enjoy about NSO concerts. Highlights for me were the Britten ‘Soirées Musicales’ and Bruch’s ‘Kol Nidrei’.

I went to see Carolyn Gibley perform her first concert of Handel’s complete keyboard suites. I don’t think I’m going to go to the last one, which is a shame because the first was really interesting. I found myself picking up on characteristics of the dance forms and had a nice discussion with Carolyn afterwards about temperament. She explained she’d been using Valotti tuning which I hadn’t come across before. 

Lastly, I went to a concert last weekend with my old theory teacher. We saw a collection of Kurt Weill songs, creatively performed in a cabaret style. It made sense to do so, because to have the songs seriously sung like Lieder would have imposed on the style, but rather the nonchalant atmosphere made for a fitting environment. I was super pleased when Youkali was performed (it’s my favourite Weill song) and then there was an interlude where the pianist played Gerschwin’s ‘Three Piano Preludes’, expertly blended with the ending of Youkali. 

Last weekend Bloco De Foguete were part of The Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich, meaning I got to play lots of Tamborim! Our costumes were comprised of fish fins, which accented one of our main songs. Other than some technical difficulties and a spot or two of rain it all went rather well.

The final picture is from a workshop last Thursday with Adriano Adewale and co. It was all about involving your whole body while you’re playing, and included dancing, singing and all sorts. Was really quite fun!

I have been obsessed with this piece all week and by chance my old music teacher/current boss presented me with this. I’m dying with happiness.

I have been obsessed with this piece all week and by chance my old music teacher/current boss presented me with this. I’m dying with happiness.

Had a little vinyl binge today while out with a friend.

Had a little vinyl binge today while out with a friend.

My newest score arrived!

My newest score arrived!

The place I work on Fridays has started bring me fruit while I play.

The place I work on Fridays has started bring me fruit while I play.

I’m playing piano at a wedding today.

I’m playing piano at a wedding today.

The school I work at gave me a load of records and books they don’t use anymore. I love my job!

New reading material.

New reading material.

I’m sat in school at the minute invigilating for a couple students grade 5 theory mock. Is tumbling what all teachers do in this situation?

I’ve been meaning to post this for a little while; this is my (almost) perfect rack setup. From top to bottom: cheeky vent plate, Alesis RA50 speaker amp (need to replace a dead jack lead to get it hooked up properly though 😴), Chauvet PC-08 which powers everything on my desk including my hifi and laptop charger etc., Presonus Firestudio Project interface and Hosa PDR-369 used to connect my Art Pro MPA II at the bottom. I’ve spent ages slowly building up stock of all the cables so everything runs effectively and I’m just about done.

I’ve been meaning to post this for a little while; this is my (almost) perfect rack setup. From top to bottom: cheeky vent plate, Alesis RA50 speaker amp (need to replace a dead jack lead to get it hooked up properly though 😴), Chauvet PC-08 which powers everything on my desk including my hifi and laptop charger etc., Presonus Firestudio Project interface and Hosa PDR-369 used to connect my Art Pro MPA II at the bottom. I’ve spent ages slowly building up stock of all the cables so everything runs effectively and I’m just about done.

Today this is me

Today this is me