Monthly Archives: November 2011

Playing with the banda

Here in Oaxaca, there is a brass band (banda) tradition. A large group of brass players, or sometimes brass and woodwinds, plus a few percussionists, plays traditional music VERY LOUDLY. I’ve heard a few of the bandas play, and it … Continue reading

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A few things

1. When it is very sunny outside but somewhat chilly, so that you can wear shorts on the bottom and a sweater on top, that is the best weather. 2. Some say it is disgusting, but in fact a cup … Continue reading

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Deep into a new instrument and an old one

My army of readers will perhaps recall that I have two new instruments with me in Mexico. One is the new/old triple horn I just bought. The learning curve for that instrument has been close to zero, with only a … Continue reading

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Tour, part 2

Today was a busy day, which is why I am now sitting around my hotel room like a vegetable. I rehearsed a piece with Meridian, then rehearsed a┬áMozart concerto (for 4 wind soloists, including me, with orchestra), then performed the … Continue reading

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On tour in Mexico

I am currently in Oaxaca, Mexico, on tour with the Meridian Arts Ensemble. I guess it’s not exactly a tour, since we are staying in this one city for 10 days. On the road, then, if not on tour. The … Continue reading

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