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( Jul. 28th, 2017 11:51 am)
Played a little local summer garden concert last night, something that was becoming a bit of a local tradition for me and the people concerned here in Kentish Town/Tufnell Park but I hadn't done last year because of the accident. Interesting that a lot of people who were coming and looking forward to it, etc, didn't. Luckily other people did. I think it went reasonably well, although playing in the open on a day like yesterday -with gusts of wind, temperature dropping, etc- was a bit of a chore at times, with frozen sticky fingers...

One thing that I used to do at some point but I never quite know how to 'sell' is the idea of the house recital: sit fifteen or twenty people in a living room (sounds like a lot but a normal living room can hold twenty people ok without them being too cosy, on folding chairs or similar), give them a guitar concert with a glass of wine in the interval, charge them twenty quid and give half of that to a local charity. It is a lovely idea and something that works very well with classical guitar.. everybody comes out happy, I get a little bit of money (which for a freelance musician/music teacher ..) and a local charity gets a little bit of support. But I'm hopeless at actually persuading people that it is a good idea to host one of these...
That was... amazing, overwhelming even at times. Just watching a woman singing her songs (and others) at the piano. She has been described as 'a force of Nature' and that is what I feel when she performs. Quite an experience.
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( May. 27th, 2017 09:23 pm)
How's your week-end?

I'm just back from a gig, playing classical guitar at an Irish goth wedding.
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( Jun. 21st, 2016 10:48 am)
The gig by Fields of Nephilim last night at The Forum was excellent. They still are of course a sort of gothic Pink Floyd but I'm ok with that, I like that sort of thing. Intriguing that the venue wasn't remotely full -not empty, by any means, but not filled up to capacity. As has been the case with so many of those things, given my personal history, I was only dimly aware of them at the time, back there then, and didn't really followed their stuff until much later; only belatedly have I been catching up with what they've done.

After the gig, outside the venue, there was the assortment of friends, including some that were going to be going back in for the private party with the band. And the crazy lady* trying to persuade my friend to get her in so she could hand this flyer on some Jehova's Witness related website to FoN's front man. 'Rescue me' my friend whispered in my ear but there was no escape from all that intensity other than they going in and me disappearing pronto and hoping crazy lady doesn't realise I live right there across from the venue. Apart from that slightly uncomfortable episode, a very good evening of music and friends.

* Yes, I know that's not a word I should be using. She probably needs help, she probably isn't getting it. But this is a very difficult person to be around of, makes me (and not just me) spike up in anxiety and stress.
Again on a train slowly crawling its way out of London... only 25 miles to Watford where I'll have a very short teaching day, after four hours' sleep. It's going to be a long day... but going to bed late to wake up at 5:00 am was worth it at least. I hadn't ever seen Gertrud Stein (no, not _that_ Gertrude Stein) perform live and I was pretty much bowled over. I only really knew her as a friend of [livejournal.com profile] aka_toothbrush and had some idea that she was a musician and a performing artist. Hers was a very good show, deceptively simple with very good use of a few visual resources. And that tiny Casio keyboard, I'm pretty sure I had one of those once upon the time -but I didn't give it such full use (with two fingers... those tiny keys are not for the ten-fingered keyboardist..)
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( Jan. 16th, 2016 01:19 am)
Thank you muchly again to [livejournal.com profile] arkady and [livejournal.com profile] omnisppot, amongst quite a few others (but these the only two WLJ) for coming to my concert tonight. It was lovely to share that moment with you.
.. or was. The decs on the tiny table-top tree in my tiny flat will probably stay there till February but otherwise it is all over, once more. Christmas itself I spent with Venezuelan friends in Kent, one more time. We had the Venezuelan Christmas dinner (late on xmas eve, although not at midnight), with turkey, hallacas, pan de jamón, and other Venezuelan and Portuguese (my friend's wife is V'zlan-Portuguese) foodstuffs, plus christmas pudding. The usual opening of presents by the xmas tree brought me a gin making kit. Not a still, mind. It was quiet and relaxed and I think I needed that.

On New Year's Eve I played at the [livejournal.com profile] londongothsluts's NYE party at North Nineteen organised by [livejournal.com profile] djpsyche, with encores with the help of [livejournal.com profile] sbp and Red; all this seemed to go down quite well. Took my guitars away and came back for the party, danced and caught up with people (and had a very good and illuminating conversation with Alicja, WOLJ) then got offered a lift to the Slimelight so I went ... leaving my bank card behind, at the bar. Luckily [livejournal.com profile] djpsyche brought it over to the Slime for me.. many thanks many times over, Psyche, for that and for the night and for thinking of me for the playing.

The ensuing tow days have been rather quiet, as they should be, but I have a maelstrom of things coming my way this January: two concerts (small and local but that makes no difference) to prepare, tax returns to get ready and a tax 'error' that HMRC claims there was in last year's return which means they want several hundred quid from me (and now I think they may be wrong or one of my schools may have deducted my tax but not passed it on -messy either way).

Last night, instead of going to AntiChrist (had perhaps one or two reasons not to want to be there), found me at German goth friends' near here, relaxed conversation and wine and playing with Luna the cat...

Today, meeting with friends for Sunday roast at a pub in Holloway, guitar practice and spreadsheets and a million little unreadable receipts to sort out....


xmas dinner at M's: hallaca, pan de jamón, turkey, 'taters and nips (not neeps)
A week end of many parts, most of them good.

Friday was a strange day. I was feeling down and lonely, for various reasons but especially one which will not go in this story. Had nothing planned for that evening and wandered around for hours, walking seemingly having some sort of calming or restoring effect when I feel like that -walked past the Unicorn on Camden Road where there was a punk gig but didn't much like the environment so walked on to Big Red, which was empty -it was too early. Walked yet further down to check out the new location of the 12 Bar Club but didn't go in. Back at the Big Red, a friend turned up and chatted with her about entropy and the pointlessness of existence (maybe I'm hanging out with goths a bit too much) until at some point some other friends and people I know turned up -and it turned out an excellent evening. Made it back around 2:30 or so.

The following day brought about, apart from a couple of lessons, a visit to the Bart's Bazaar Macabre Market at St Bart's Hospital. Didn't buy anything and didn't take pictures but it was a very good outing. I do have to say that seeing all those pathology exhibits just makes me think of how much suffering they brought to their bearers, but it was very interesting -the market itself was small but interesting, full of lovely trinkets although none that really really caught me enough to buy. In the evening, it was Dylan's birthday at Garlic & Shots. There'll be pictures of that but for now, just a very short video of him extolling the virtues of a German Curry Energy Drink..

From there they went on to Decadence but I went to see the Terminal Gods at the Slimelight. Wasn't taken by the two opening bands I saw but the T Gods were very good. I heard some people criticising their music as derivative and.. well, I suppose it is, a little bit, and their influences are very very clear, but there is nothing really wrong with that when they do their stuff so well and I enjoyed it a lot. Took many pictures, I may put up some somewhere.

On Sunday met with Jennie at the Satanic Flea Market, had a browse and generally a good time (good to see [livejournal.com profile] mister_ed and Natasha) but again I felt that although there were lovely and interesting things none caught me enough to actually buy. We went next door to Raizes, the Brazilian restaurant next door. Had a good feijoada and arroz carreteiro and we shared a Caipirinha -it was a bit early for that sort of thing but it was nice. Later, we went for a walk down the South Bank. I always enjoy just that feeling of soaking London in, walking past the Globe or the Royal Festival Hall. We stopped at the Real Food Market for a cider and then each went home. Turned out to be a rather good week-end in the end.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Mar. 12th, 2015 11:29 am)
Doing this recital in Kentish Town on the 26th, in case anybody here might be interested:

The programme will include Brouwer's 'Paisaje Cubano con Campanas', Barrios' 'La Catedral', Bach's Suite BWV 996, Dyen's 'Tango en Skye', York's 'Sunburst' and pieces by Riera and Lauro.

https://www.facebook.com/events/352882711571052/
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( Nov. 28th, 2014 07:57 am)
Gig at [livejournal.com profile] kajia's went very very well. She's the best host! There was wine and pumpkin pie and an appreciate audience and my programme (I'd set myself a rather challenging one with a few substantial and quite difficult pieces) went very reasonably well -I'll decide how reasonably when I see the videos of the performance -every piece had some moment I didn't like, something that didn't come out clear and I had a few slips and memory lapses, but overall, again, quite reasonably. I should have a little gig like that every week.. but I'm so rubbish at selling the 'product'. Still, it is special when it happens and it goes well. There'll be pictures and videos, apparently.
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( Nov. 1st, 2014 09:46 am)
Played at [livejournal.com profile] kajia's fabulous Hallowe'en/birthday party last night -fantastic party, btw; there'll be photos. Chose to play three pieces from the Americas, a tango, Venezuelan Preludio Criollo and Californian Andrew York's 'Sunburst'. I had made the slight mistake of over-doing it slightly on the wine and felt I played a little too fast, a little too untidy in places but it seemed to go down very well. I am going to be playing a recital at her house on Thanksgiving, the admission will be £20 of which half (minus expenses, which will be minimal) will go to a local charity nominated on the night. If you might be interested in attending this do please drop me a line here or by email.
In case anybody might be interested in coming to this:

recital flyer rustique 14 2
The week-end thus far: excellent concert by Fabio Zanon on Friday, where he played, amongst other things, Benjamin Britten's 'Nocturnal' Op 70 which is one of the pieces (perhaps _the_ piece) that really inspired me to study guitar all those years ago. A few good and productive lessons in between and, last night, concert by New Model Army across the road at The Forum. Some criticised it after, thought it was weak -I thought it was great. Loved the ending encore of 'Green and Grey', by some way my favourite amongst their songs.

I've also put up one bit of the video that [livejournal.com profile] augeas took of one of my summer recitals (thanks again!), the first movement of Leo Brouwer's 'Decamerón Negro', 'The Harp of the Warrior'. A few inevitable warts both in recording (unavoidable ambient noise, etc) and in performance but I'm not too unhappy about that. The video is on Vimeo at the location of this link.

Was planning on going to Invocation but, alas, going home, having something to eat, the Northern Line tube not running and a train delayed by 25 min meant that I would have arrived some time after 1:30 so I felt it wasn't going to be worth the while. Oh well, there's always next time -one hopes..

Today, just a few lessons away.. and a visitation (online) from a previous life -a good one, though, full of lovely memories. And, winter is coming. It's getting colder!
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( Jul. 28th, 2013 12:01 pm)
This was an interesting week. For starters, I played a concert on Thursday, at the Rustique Café in Tufnell Park. This doesn't happen often, not because I don't want to or feel I can't play in public (or, as somebody said to me, "I thought you were only a music teacher, didn't play") but because I'm rubbish at 'selling the product', as it were. It went very well -surprisingly, given the usual results from putting up a facebook event: a dozen people say they're coming, a hundred or more tell you why they cannot make it. And somebody I call a friend and normally sort of look up to tells me that he'd rather be in the pub and doesn't feel like coming to see my performance. Never mind, we did have about thirty-something people, which doesn't sound like much but did fill the place and made me feel it was worth the while. And we had [livejournal.com profile] djpsyche and a few other lovely friends in attendance.

I played in the garden, which of course didn't work so well in terms of acoustics but did in terms of atmosphere, giving a lovely setting. I need to get a few more gigs, while the iron is hot, as it were, but as I said before, being so rubbish at selling the product... after the recital I wandered off to Aces and Eights with [livejournal.com profile] lproven for pizza and pint and saw two very good acoustic rock acts there. Lovely evening, there should be more like that.

Other interesting events in the week for me included Beata's (didn't she use to have an LJ?) birthday drinks at Aces and Eights, also in Tufnell Park. This meant I was in that place three times this week. The most I've been to a pub since the glory (ahem) days of the Dev. There was also a BBQ under the rain yesterday at [livejournal.com profile] londonjon's. I hear there was a lot of noise about some rich woman having a baby but managed to avoid most of it.
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( Jun. 24th, 2013 06:40 pm)
Another micro-concert coming in a few weeks' time -maybe not that micro this time, not a living room in a house but still a small and very non-classical concert standard venue, this time the Rustique Café in Tufnell Park. This will be on Thursday, 25th of July at 7:30 pm.

The idea still is to play a full programme, with an interval. You can bring your own wine, by the way. The admission will be £12 of which a portion will go to a local charity.

The programme will be largely the same; may change a couple of the pieces. Still opening with English Elizabethan music and following with guitar music from the Americas, mainly from Latin America.

If you are interested in coming along, you can let me know here (livejournal, twitter or Facebook). You can get advance tickets from me or, soon, from the venue. It would be good if you can make it. Do please let me know if you intend to come so we have an idea about numbers. Not sure yet whether I want to make a facebook event for this.
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( Jun. 24th, 2013 06:26 pm)
Another micro-concert coming in a few weeks' time -maybe not that micro this time, not a living room in a house but still a small and very non-classical concert standard venue, this time the Rustique Café in Tufnell Park. This will be on Thursday, 25th of July at 7:30 pm.

The idea still is to play a full programme, with an interval. You can bring your own wine, by the way. The admission will be £12 of which a portion will go to a local charity.

The programme will be largely the same; may change a couple of the pieces. Still opening with English Elizabethan music and following with guitar music from the Americas, mainly from Latin America.

If you are interested in coming along, you can let me know here (livejournal, twitter or Facebook). You can get advance tickets from me or, soon, from the venue. It would be good if you can make it. Do please let me know if you intend to come so we have an idea about numbers. Not sure yet whether I want to make a facebook event for this.
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( May. 17th, 2013 03:55 pm)
Pictures of Acoustic Night at Big Red, 10th May 2013, featuring Love and Bullets, Heel, Zach Rembrandt & others, here (facebook album):
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151642510979919.1073741843.544159918&type=1&l=fb45956fb3

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