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This coming February 26th I am playing bass in the 228 Memorial Concert (二二八紀念音樂會)!


East Bay Formosan United Methodist Church/East Bay Taiwanese American Community Center
1755 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek, California


February 26, 2005, 2PM

I am only playing on one piece, but the entire program seems very interesting and I’m looking forward to doing this. We did a similar program last year doing a number of Taiwanese folk songs scored for a Trout-style quintet plus voices for a New Year’s performance and it was also a lot of fun.

Pacific Collegium Premieres This Weekend

Go check out the Pacific Collegium, directed by my good friend Chris Kula! I’m going to try to make one of these, probably the Saturday nite one…

The Pacific Collegium:
From Advent to Epiphany
  • Heinrich Sch��Ωtz, selections from the Geistliche Chormusik
  • Benjamin Britten, A Boy was Born

Friday, January 14th 8 pm St. Paul��Ωs Episcopal Church
114 Montecito Ave., Oakland
Saturday, January 15th 8 pm Trinity Episcopal Church
1668 Bush St., San Francisco

The music of the greater Christmas season from Advent through Epiphany is celebrated in the elegant and expressive counterpoint of the brilliant German baroque church musician Heinrich Sch��Ωtz. Working three centuries later, Benjamin Britten caught the attention of the world with the extended Christmas fantasia, A Boy was Born, scored for 8-part a cappella choir with descant boy choir, here sung by the School Choristers of the Pacific Boychoir Academy of Oakland.

General admission $18 students and seniors $12

Tickets on sale through City Box Office 415-392-4400. For more information go to www.pacificcollegium.org.

Concerts for Change

Musicians come together to swing voters from Bush / October concerts to blitz 9 toss-up states

Awesome! Dave Matthews, R.E.M., Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, and more, all performing on a tour dedicated to spreading the word for the cause that the current administration needs to go.

I especially love how the Bush campaign has tried to brand this widespread movement of popular musicians working together to spread this cause as a “Hollywood hate fest”. Wow – I’d fire that marketing goon that came up with that lousy attempt at bottom-feeding politics. That kind of slander is going to backfire, big time, because it is precisely these musical acts that do represent mainstream America. It’s one thing to dismiss a few small touring bands with low attendance, but here we are talking about major class acts from all over the country here. Springsteen doesn’t strike me as anything Hollywood, nor do any of the rest.

La Creation du Monde

Started rehearsals last night for the next chamber orchestra concert, featuring the work “La Creation Du Monde” by Darius Milhaud. Let me just say – I love sight-reading unexpected bass solos in tenor clef – not! Seriously, what a great piece of chamber music repertoire. Such a sexy blend of French impressionist harmonies mixed in with jazz and the avant garde.

I wondered to myself how it was possible that after two conservatory degrees and years of playing, how it was possible I had never heard this piece. Best of all, it has an astoundingly well-written bass part. There’s just not enough good chamber music that includes the bass out there in my opinion, so every time I find a new one of these gems I get happy. There’s a hot solo for the bass at the exposition of the fugue, cool jazzy stuff that doesn’t let a bunch of classical musicians sound awkward, some funky sounding mish-mash throughout. One of my new favorites…

Tramontozzi’s Bass Recital

Went to Steve Tramontozzi’s recital earlier today at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he performed several solo bass pieces as well as two transcriptions of pieces for cello and accompaniment. Steve’s performance was quite excellent and I was left inspired to go home and practice my ass off. Steve is a bassist’s bassist – has a particularly good ear and sense for musicality when playing these pieces which really brings ’em alive, and he supports that with phenomenal bowing technique and position playing. Great to hear this set of repertoire, as I’d never heard any of these pieces played on a double bass. Works included:

Kadenza – Teppo Hauta-Aho
Psy – Luciano Berio
Motivy – Emil Tabakov
Sinfonia for Violoncello and Continuo – Pergolesi
Élégie – Gabriel Fauré
Ballade for Unaccompanied Contrabass – Behzad Ranjbaran
Sonata in A Op.17 – Beethoven

I was particularly interested in the Pergolesi piece, because it is what Stravinsky used for Pulcinella. The pieces by Tabakov and Ranjbaran are certainly ones that I’m going to see about working up one of these days – those two pieces have a flavor that remind me of gypsy fiddle music. Best of all, it was great to see a freakin’ bass recital after I don’t know how many years. I used to go to these sorts of things all the freakin’ time when I lived back in Boston. I have missed it.