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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...
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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.
That's Flavio playing Sunburst at a house recital a couple of years ago ('Thanksgiving Recital At Maria's')

Two of my pupils are studying this piece so I thought I'd put up a version of me playing it.

Amazingly, somebody apparently claims copyright on this, even though the composer died one hundred and eighty years ago and this work is in countless public domain editions and arrangements. I contested the claim, interesting to see what happens next -whether some obscure multinational monster is going to crush me because of a little guitar study piece by a long dead composer.

Prelude No 7 in A by M M Ponce - @flaviomatani, guitar. A quick take at home of this, one of the 24 Ponce wrote for Segovia
Ponce Prelude 7, flavio matani guitar
Prelude No 7 in A by M M Ponce - @flaviomatani, guitar. A quick take at home of this, one of the 24 Ponce wrote for Segovia #guitar
Played a couple of times in the last week and a bit; one was a little recital at the Café Rustique in Tufnell Park. This was the first time I'd played in public since the accident nearly a year ago, so I chose a short programme, about 40 min of music... but not the easy listening programme at all; played Bach's Chaconne from the violin Partita in D minor, a set of very short preludes by the Mexican composer Manuel M Ponce and 'Usher Waltz', a piece by the Russian composer Nikita Koshkin, after the horror story by Edgar A Poe, 'The Fall of the House of Usher'. There was a full house at the café... but that, I s'pose, is not that difficult as the place will be packed with 25 people in it.It seemed to go well and people didn't throw rocks at me so I reckon it wasn't too bad.

The second was a private gig. Again, I played that same programme, perhaps a bit heavy for a private party but I added a couple of shorter Spanish and Latin American pieces -it seemed to go down very well, again, the hosts turned out to be very nice people and were heaping praise on me so I'm pleased with that. In both cases the performance wasn't free of mistakes and, in one case at the café, an enormous memory lapse, but those things happen to everybody (except John Williams). Overall, I think both went well. Hope I can make a few more small gigs happen in the near future.
A short excerpt from Koshkin's 'Usher Waltz', after the Edgar Allan Poe's story, 'Fall of the House of Usher'. I'll be playing this piece amongst others tomorrow (17-02-17) at this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/402596263407603/

A take at home of me playing Manuel M. Ponce's Prelude No 2 in A minor, one of the 24 he wrote for Segovia.

Another one of the short Preludes that Manuel Ponce wrote for Segovia.

Prelude No 9 in E major, by the Mexican composer Manuel M Ponce (1882-1942), part of his 24 Preludes (each on a different one of the 24 keys, a little like Bach’s ‘Well Tempered Clavier’), which he wrote for Andrés Segovia.

A take of Bach's Chaconne at home sometime before the accident. A few bloopers in the performance remain, but I hope not too bad.

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( Feb. 16th, 2016 06:01 pm)
A somewhat unfinished doodle.
Me playing Leo Brouwer's 'Zapateado' in recital at the Kentish Town City Farm earlier in January. Thank you again [livejournal.com profile] arkady for coming to see me and for the video!

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