This is so gooooooooooooood
I’ve been in Cyprus 4 days, and now feels appropriate to recap some of the things I’ve seen/done so far.
The actual journey here was ROUGH. I’m not a very experienced flyer anyway, but I was so exhausted by it all. I’d had one hour of sleep the night before because of work, and I’m terrible at sleeping in transit. The inn owner met me off the plane and took me back to the inn where I was quickly introduced to the ‘artistic director’ (for lack of a better term) of the project. The place here is stunningly picturesque and the people I’m surrounded by are extremely friendly. I was invited to attend a concert in the evening, and I had no intention to pass up the offer, however I managed to fall asleep after unpacking and almost missed it! I watched the Cyprus Orchestra perform works by Handel, Vivaldi, Cherubini and Giannakouras. Overall a nice close to an exhausting day.
The first full day was incredibly productive. I’d caught up mostly on my sleep and just spent the entire day getting things done. I played a lot of piano, did a load of reading, and did as much editing as I possible on all the outstanding Suedes tracks. That included writing up the caixa parts that I later intend to send out to performers when I get studio time booked. In the evening I was listening to a collection of traditional Cypriot music and watched some traditional dancers here at the inn. As they were friends of the owner, I was welcomed to join their social gathering downstairs.
As well as working on a piece for choir and again, reading and playing extensively, my day was very introspective. I climbed atop one of the large hills surrounding the valley I’m in, and there I meditated. It’s quickly become quite a cleansing trip for me, but on a music level it’s quickly given to me the structure I’ve been longing for to be productive.
Today was quieter. I peacefully worked, read and played an increasing amount of piano. Working on my technique, and pieces I’m to learn for when I return home. Another of the residents arrived today, as up until now I’ve been the only one, and it’s humbling to be surrounded by experienced musicians far beyond myself.
I’m on my way to Cyprus to compose for a month, bye.
I received my first payslip since I started teaching piano and theory at my old school. It’s going really well, and I’m enjoying more than I thought I would. All my pupils seem pretty nice, and there’s more hard workers than I expected!
I performed a solo set at my pal’s charity gig on Saturday. He’s raising money to help people in South Africa however, I’m not 100% sure of the details. Me and him go way back so I was happy to help! Place was pretty teaming when I performed and all in all it went well. Had a lot of wine after!
Forever in a state amazement when concerning this man.
I’m addicted to this song/video. I can’t wait until the new album comes out!!
Details and biographies about my composition residency in Cyprus next month can be found at the link above! Very exciting stuff.
Last weekend at the John Innes Centre in Norwich there was a chamber music weekend and I made sure I attended at least one of the concerts. I went to final performance, which included the Wihan Quartet, Robin Ireland and Ashley Wass. They performed Mozart’s third String Quintet, Schubert’s Rosemunde quartet and then closed the concert with Dvorák piano quintet in A. The Dvorák was an amazing climax, oozing with folk melodies and expertly performed by Wass and the Wihan Quartet. These works got my brain very active and I spent the intervals scribbling down my own musical ideas.
I’ve been doing some research on latin rhythms, and stumbled upon this really nice quartet.
I just got paid a fiver for restringing a guitar, everyone stand back I’m rich!