“Spaced Out: Klingon music? It’s just one of the many languages mastered by this inventive band”

"Spaced Out" article illustration of il Troubadore by Jon Silpayamanant (2010)

So the interview with me about the il Troubadore Klingon Music Project is out now (see the online version at this link).  We’ve got a pretty busy weekend as we’ll be making an appearance at a local production of The Pirates of Penzance (in Outer Space) given by the New Albany High School choral department (May 15-16) as well as making an appearance at the Louisville Science Center as part of their current exhibit Star Trek: The Exhibition (May 15).  I will also be playing in the pit for the production so will be sweating it out in full Klingon uniform for a couple of hours.

This weekend I’ll also be playing a couple of other shows (as if it wasn’t busy enough for me, eh?).  The Louisville KlezmerFest with my Klezmer band, River City Klezmer.   And il Troubadore will be giving a (non-Klingon) performance at the Batesville Public Library (Saturday, May 14).

Now I need to make some repairs to my Klingon costume from the last convention!

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Just a quick note. Paul Katz has started a website titled CelloBello which is a fantastic resource for all things cello. I watched all of his videos regarding bowing technique and it’s so nice to know that what I’ve been teaching my students is something that is accepted as the “norm” with this fantastic and distinguished cellist!

As some of you have noticed, I missed another day of blogging yesterday – the second I’ve missed in over a month of blogging at my new site.  I apologize but I’ve been working on a Klingon Costume–pretty much spent all night last night working on this, but more about that later.  For now, just enjoy CelloBello–and don’t forget to check out the blog–it’s a multi-user blog with posts by some international cello stars like Yeesun Kim (of the Borromeo String Quartet with whom I’ve played a masterclass), Alicia Weilerstein and Paul Katz himself amongst many others!

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