Since the beginning of September I’ve had some of the most incredible musical and performing experiences I think I’ve ever had in such a short amount of time. I think I’m still processing all of this (and may do so for some time) and really, after writing my previous post, I realize that this month isn’t all that unusual in the slightest. I thought I would just list, from the period between September 9, 2011 to October 8, 2011 in chronological order, as much for my own sake as for anyone else’s.
- Sept. 09 – Played a Greek Fest with Greek musicians (Indianapolis, IN)
- Sept. 10 – Played St. Louis with my world music group, il Troubadore (St. Louis, MO)
- Sept. 11 – Sightread movements from two Mozart String Quartets live at Classical Revolution (Louisville, KY)
- Sept. 17 – Took four workshops in Zimbabwe Music (Bloomington, IN)
- Sept. 20 – Played a solo show with some other African musicians (Louisville, KY)
- Sept. 23 – Played a show doing noise as Noiseman433 and live improv with Cosmological Constant (Louisville, KY)
- Sept. 24 – Played with my Arabic band, Ahel El Nagam, for an audience of mostly Arab-Americans (Louisville, KY)
- Sept. 29 – Played with Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Civic Orchestra (Greencastle, IN)
- Oct. 01 – Played a show with my Vintage Goth duo, Secondhand (Indianapolis)
- Oct. 04 – Played the Beethoven Clarinet Trio for a Performance Class at IUS (New Albany, IN)
- Oct. 06 – Met Abbos Kosimov, Uzbek doira master, after his show with S.A.R.A. (Louisville, KY)
- Oct. 07 – Played an Uzbek doira solo with Raks Makam and members of the Bellydance Superstars (Louisville, KY)
- Oct. 08 – Played Klingon music for the cast of a Klingon Christmas Carol with my Klingon band (Chicago, IL)
I purposely didn’t include some performances (e.g. il Troubadore’s Cafe Django show) as this is just a ‘highlights’ list. If I were to move the month long period back a few days then one event I could have included would have been playing with the Eastern Caravan Group (musicians from Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Netherlands) that I had the pleasure of doing on September 4 (amongst other performances that weekend). And if I were to move the month block forward a few days I could include the jam session and lesson in Iraqi drumming I did on October 12.
All in all, nearly every event listed was with a different group of musicians (and nearly as many various styles/genres of music). Musicians from at least half a dozen countries from four continents. Music that was notated in some cases, and some that wasn’t. Music I’d learned by ear and some that I’d only heard (or read) in real time while performing it. Performing or learning on several different instruments (ethnic percussion, voice, cello, electronics, mbira). Playing music for dancers working in very different styles both traditional and modern.
None of the above included the dozens of rehearsals and who knows how many young musicians I work with on a weekly basis in my teaching duties. My musical life is rich and for that I am thankful. And I didn’t have to leave the midwest to accomplish or do any of these things! 😀