It’s been an exciting summer and I finally have a bit of time to soak it all in and write. I had the opportunity to perform at NYC’s the cell in Manhattan at the end of June.
The most rewarding aspect of this performance was having a vision and being able to make that vision come to life.
Solo shows are so much different than concerto performances in that I get to take on many different roles when putting on entire show myself. It’s a bit overwhelming in some ways, especially when there is so much gear involved!
There is only a short time to set up a whole cargo van of instruments, tech the sound and lights and put on the show. In this case, less than 48 hours. Often as I’m in the midst of all my gear I have fleeting thoughts of why anyone would take on such a crazy task. For me, the answer seems to be that there is no better feeling than putting forth an enormous amount of effort and then seeing the mission accomplished at the end of the day.
I liken it to planting a seed and watching it grow. After a few weeks, what started as a small idea, blossoms into an entire production and once the performance is over, the cycle begins again.
This is where it began… (my practice space)
This is where it was brought to life.. (the cell in NYC)
And here I am in action the night of the show… (Photo courtesy of Angela Sutton of The Feast of Music Blog)
Hard work feels so much better the week after!! Looking back, bringing this show together in under 48 hours was quite a feat. As many of you know, those instruments do not travel in one piece!
That’s all for now friends.