Monthly Archives: April 2011

Day 31

It’d now been a full month of my project.  Only 11 to go!  I’ve managed to do something performance related every day, whether it’s a rehearsal, true performance, teaching, or whatever.  So far, taking the mentality of “performing” into every situation has helped me develop as a player.

I haven’t composed in a while.  I wonder if this is considered performing, except very slowly.  I suppose every composition is conceived to be performed, and is run through in the composer’s head.  This seems to me to be the biggest difference between a performance and a creation of music.  I’m really glad, as an improviser, to be able to do both simultaneously sometimes.

Tonight I’m performing with the RSO.  Should be fun!

Day 30

Had a rehearsal with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra.  A very nice group conducted by Clark Suttle.  Clark works at Luck’s Music and is a fine conductor and bassist.  He has travelled the world playing solos with orchestra’s and is one of the bassists in the Michigan Opera Theater.  It’s truly a pleasure working with him and the Orchestra.

Day 29

Nice performance of “The Composer is Dead” and E.T. theme.  Got to Warren Woods Community theater to face an auditorium full of screaming children.  Yikes.  Nice to play two orchestra gigs in one day, though.  Definitely tired by the end.  Maybe I should put orchestra strings back on my bass?  Let me think…nnaaahhhhhh.

Day 28

See this post from my friend Adam.  Many good points.  One great thing I’ve found about Detroit is that I’ve rarely been on a gig here that pays under $50.  If it did, it was still with great musicians or it was a school occasion.  This definitely caught me off guard when I first moved.  Still, I believe what we do goes beyond entertainment, even beyond art.  We as musicians provide an aspect of life that is just as essential as the need for a plumber, doctor, lawyer, or politician.  It is much less apparent as our “product” disappears as soon as we make it, but nevertheless, music is an undeniable characteristic of being human.

Today, principal bass sub with the Warren Symphony Orchestra.  “The Composer is Dead” by Lemony Snicket and Nathaniel Stookey, and “The Flying Theme” from E.T.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/adam-niewood/a-request-for-action-and-change/10150170560089127

Day 27

Performed part of my lecture recital piece for my student Mark today.  I’ve got some work to do!

Also went to the Rochester Symphony Orchestra rehearsal today.  Tchaich 5, Freischutz, and Mendelssohn Piano Concerto.  Nice rep.  Good bass section.

Days 24, 25, 26

This past weekend was a whirlwind of stuff with AWS.  Great show at the Newman Center in Denver with lots of rehearsal beforehand.  Very busy two weeks coming up.  Two orchestra concerts, planning for lecture recital, trips to Rochester, NY, playing lecture recital, and the start of the Summer semester.  So…tonight’s performance is a performance art piece called “Discovery Channel Watch in Preparation for Crazy Two Weeks of Early Mornings, Coffee, House Hunting, and Driving.”  Brought to you by the letter C for “C-Ya in two weeks.”

Day 23

Lesson, lesson, haircut, FOOD(!), flight, hang, more food, shortness of breath, mile-high sleep, awake, shower, play, play, play, play, meeting, play, play, play, shortness of breath, beer, food, sleep, awake, work(?), rehearse, 1969, beer, sleep, awake, flight, ears pop, work, work, work, work, work, orchestra, work, recital!