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.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Jun. 12th, 2016 12:30 pm)
Three months on, I still have to wear that splint.

A week ago I was getting ready to leave the house on Friday night, was thinking that perhaps I didn't really need to still be wearing that thing, my hand hadn't been hurting for a couple of days. Then, pulling my boots up I get a stab of pain -like the first day after the bike incident.

At least I can play guitar now, although there are many things that I still cannot do or that make my hand hurt.

No summer concerts this year, I think. Shame. Will see whether I can prepare a programme to play in September/October.

Was looking forward to working with a singer that wanted to do stuff together but she seems to have lost interest. Shame, as she has a lovely voice and good ideas.
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 [ 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..)
flaviomatani: (flavguitarpark)
( May. 13th, 2016 11:39 pm)
Funny this should look like the 'quiet' week-end to come that I'd been hoping for for a few weeks in which my week-ends had been so full of things, when over half the people I know are in Leipzig for the WGT living it large. Tonight, a brief birthday meet for a friend at the new incarnation of CCK in Warren Street, tomorrow another brief birthday drinks for another friend. Will probably not do anything more than that this week-end.

Wrist slowly getting better, but still find that playing can be awkward and at times painful, in surprising ways -not necessarily playing difficult things but just finding myself putting my hand in a position it doesn't like. It does seem to finally be getting on its way to getting better, which is at least something.

Have not practised those Thomas Campion songs that I should be preparing for R.D. for a couple of days -she wasn't able to meet this week as she was unwell; I clearly need the pressure in order to work. The version I have has the original English tablature (letter for frets instead of numbers, 'a' is practically identical to 'd', etc) which I find difficult to read -my eyesight is not getting better. The version on two clefs would be quite a job (double transposition, etc, the very reading on two clefs on a guitar, etc) so I've transcribed a few of the songs to modern tab and may write them in music, guitar style (assuming open guitar tuning rather than real pitch, to facilitate the reading) so I can quickly read and play it.

So, an unusual Friday, a QNI, with Attenborough speaking softly from the telly in the distant background while I do other stuff...
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Apr. 6th, 2016 09:22 pm)
There's always a first.

Today I had an MRI scan done at the Royal Free. Only of my wrist, they left my brain alone (there's probably plenty of wrong with that but probably of the kind that would need shrinks rather than imaging machines..) -one interesting thing for me was the variety of noises it made, punctuated by a regular 'oohm-shah!'-like pulse. I did make a remark about it as to how, as industrial music goes, it was rather a bit rubbish but maybe I would like to use samples of those to build some old 'musique concrete' type piece or doodle....
On Friday, after lessons, there was Tufguitar, the meeting of (some of my) adult pupils at the Rustique Café to play together, as they do once a month. This went quite well, enjoyable for all people concerned with the possible exception of the couple at a nearby table who couldn't look more annoyed at us.

Saturday had more stuff happening. Our friend Nicole Raine was in town for only a couple of days, having been in Paris the night before and she and [ profile] andyravensable having been rather worryingly near to the site of the tragic events of that night -a group of friends went to meet her at Garlic & Shots; it was a lovely encounter of friends old and new -but had at least three other things to go to, knowing I wouldn't be able to make more than two.

Next stop was Big Red for Federica's birthday drinks. I am not that keen on rock pubs, as I have mentioned before, but it was a good little party; being at the back of the pub mitigated somewhat the roar from the covers band at the front. From there I went to Reptile; it was Arif's and Pete Maxdmyz's birthday so I felt I had to be there. I was, and had a very good time, but also aware that I was missing out on the gig at the Slimelight, in which I had friends in two bands and would have liked to attend.

Next day, apart from a nightmarish early lesson, brought something different: my artist friend Maya Ramsey was involved in the jazz festival in the South Bank, as one of her recent works had been a wall rubbing of the wallpaper in Jimi Hendrix's London flat, flat in which G F Händel had also lived previously (like, two hundred years previously..) and she had been involved in the preparation of Traces, a show based on those wallpaper rubbings. Not a genre of music that I normally go out of my way to listen to, but a very good evening nonetheless, some interesting music, new people met and interesting conversations had.
Theremins! Hypnotique performing 'Vocalise' by Rachmaninoff at Susi's Atomic Powered House Warming Birthday Bash on 26-09-15

flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Sep. 3rd, 2015 10:27 am)
Infest. That was a blast! Also slightly painful and bittersweet on some personal levels, but that doesn't go into this story. Had less than eight hours' sleep the whole week-end, caught up with old friends, met new ones, had interesting conversations late into the night (well, also.. "have I told you about my three wives. No, wait, have I told you?.." oh,drunken friends. Because of course I was completely sober.. oh, ok; maybe not), enjoying Project Pitchfork, Mind-in-a-Box, Mikey's AlterRed , Roi's Mechanical Cabaret.. missed quite a few bands this year but decided early that it wasn't going to be a band watching marathon, I was there to see music but also for other things. Tons of giggles over late breakfast at the Titus Salt with Laura, Blanka and a few other mad people. Mr Moxy's mad antics outside Halls in the mornings. Catching up with Jillian and Bryon. After parties in the halls in the early hours, from dancing to loud pumping music to quiet slightly drunk conversations by a ball pit (didn't get in it, should have). So much fun!

Pictures I took -so far for Friday:

and for Saturday:

pics for Sunday still being sorted out...

So looking forward to next year!
From recent rehearsal with Verity Lingard:

Yesterday brought a couple of lessons and helping a mature student buy a guitar. This took only about 20% of the time I anticipated; we went to the London Guitar Studio, Steffi asked my pupil what sort of budget he had, he mentioned a figure, she produced three or four guitars in that range, he liked the second one he tried and that was that. I was expecting to spend half the afternoon pondering about the different tone, action and feel of the different guitars. Only had two lessons yesterday (itself not that good a thing, I should be much busier this time of year). One was a lad doing so-called 'acoustic' guitar. He's a Beatles' fan and we have been doing Blackbird, Walrus and a couple of RCHP things (yes, that one..). The other lesson is a young professional lady about to do a grade 3 and doing very well in spite of busy busy life. Very different and satisfying lessons in very different ways.

Also, I have dates for my pupils' ABRSM grade exams for this season. This is good: they gave me late dates so I have a little more time to make sure they're ready on the bits nobody ever wants to do. You know which ones: scales, sight-reading, aural comprehension. I have another Grade 8 this term, the aural test can be a bit of a nightmare and there are bits of it that, with my goldfish memory, I'm not sure I myself would pass without some training. All good, though.
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Oct. 8th, 2013 04:36 pm)
Me listening to Hojotoho down the M1 in my old banger’s clapped out stereo was prob’ly not what Wagner had in mind when he wrote the thing…
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Aug. 17th, 2013 12:03 pm)
One lesson done, another one to go.... then the Hampstead Alternative Picnic, August Edition, hopefully the Dry version (might not be; rain forecast, etc).

Tomorrow, going with pupils to the open day of the Classical Guitar Summer Course and Festival at West Dean. It's been years that I don't go to one of those events and I can't afford to (hence the open day only) but I need to, also, to keep in touch with that world.

Hanging out with goths is fun (a lot of the time, anyway) but it doesn't help me further my guitar career (if career it is; I hardly do any playing in public and mostly just teach). Most of them are not really that interested in what I do as a musician. Of which there are several sides but I've neglected my classical guitarist side for too long -not the playing, I can do that and keep the practice up, but the being out there doing guitar things.
flaviomatani: (harpya3)
( Jun. 6th, 2012 10:59 pm)
Listening to Icon of Coil, 'Access and Amplify'. I still like it but, boy, peculiar how some music dates, how quickly the future becomes the past.
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Jun. 6th, 2012 10:58 pm)
Listening to Icon of Coil, 'Access and Amplify'. I still like it but, boy, peculiar how some music dates, how quickly the future becomes the past.
flaviomatani: (zBSG raider)
( Mar. 9th, 2012 10:13 pm)
Been doodling with Logic Pro but nothing I like is coming out (nothing other people like is ever likely to come out), so maybe go to Departure at the Elixir for a bit, catch up with peeps and if people are dancing, then that.
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( Nov. 23rd, 2011 10:19 pm)
Something caught my eye on Twitter this morning: free (legal) download of recordings of all of Bach's works for organ by James Kibbie (no, I didn't know who he was).

Busy downloading the lot, which are at this page: -linked from Open Culture and Brain Pickings (where I saw it originally)


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