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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')

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.
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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( Jan. 27th, 2016 10:45 pm)
A reminder that I'm doing this this coming Friday:

flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Jan. 27th, 2016 10:39 pm)
A reminder that I'm doing this this coming Friday:

flaviomatani: (guitar)
( 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.

Many thanks again to [livejournal.com profile] augeas for filming that concert. Some artefacts in image and sound are inevitable due to the nature of the equipment used to record (a phone..).
Well, that came off much better than I anticipated. Particularly attendance-wise. I ran into a friend who had attended last year and when I said, 'you didn't come' she replied 'you can't expect me to attend every time'. Well, no. It's perhaps too often, once a year and that. I do realise that what I do is not in most of my friends' list of favourite things...

Or perhaps not often enough. I always feel that I get a programme right at about the third time I play it. These days, for all the reasons I won't get into here, I don't play very often at all. Playing-wise, it did come out better than I would have anticipated -or bits of it did, particularly in the second part. The Bach suite came, on the whole, quite well, in that the Prelude and the Gigue are quite difficult and I took them at a good pace although there were bits that I feel I could have done better. Was intrigued by a comment by a lady in the interval, that it sounded 'Spanish'. It was Bach, with lots of Baroque counterpoint and I'm not Spanish and owe very little of my musical formation to the Spanish influence (that's 'influence', not 'influenza'). Maybe it was just the fact of playing that music on a nylon-string classical guitar.

The Brouwer piece, 'Cuban Landscape with Bells', is a curious thing, a piece written in a very contemporary musical language but one which is entirely descriptive -I, for one, can hear the landscapes in it. Love that piece and hope I did it justice.

Will try to sort out a few more public performances of that programme in the autumn... pity I'm so hopelessly bad at selling the product. One little thing: I'm again very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] augeas for recording the performance, as he did the previous ones. We'll see whether any of that is fit to show the world (in terms of my performance) but in any case I will learn a lot from it, as has already happened -many thanks again.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( 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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