Thursday, April 17, 2008

Another cello outing

I took my cello down to Woods Hole for the cello workshop with Eugene Friesen yesterday. There were about 27 cellists, students of my teacher ranging in age from about 5 to 60-ish, arranged in a circle in the rustic community hall. We played our three pieces for Eugene (all went well), and he gave us a rhythm workshop, featuring a 4 against 3 rhythm.

Eugene is one of my very favorite cellists, and we are lucky to have this annual workhop with him. In the past we have done various types of improvisation and rhythms. He does a great job keeping all ages and cello levels interested and learning.

Later, in the restaurant next door, we attended Eugene's "Cello Nova" concert, featuring pianist Tim Ray and guitarist Freddie Bryant, all amazing musicians. The music was outstanding, blending classical, improvisational jazz, and Brazilian, Colombian, and Venezuelan rhythms and melodies.

And I recognized a version of the little rhythm we had learned that afternoon. :-)


Laura said...

What fun that must have been! Sorry I missed that performance.

Laura said...

I meant to tell you that I love your cello case photos. You have given character and life to the object that keeps your cello safe. It actually appears to be having deep thoughts as it surveys the waters in the distance! :)

Melissa said...

That is a very serene shot. It looks so nice and cool there. Summer is already on it's way here...have to get my bridge changed out this week.

CelloGeek said...

I am feeling a bit of cello envy; your cello gets to travel to so many beautiful places!

Maricello said...

Thanks for the comments. My cello would probably be happier if we stayed home and practiced more!

Today, we ventured out twice, once to play duets with another cellist, and a second time to play with the fiddle group. I have not been practicing fiddle tunes at all, and it is a wonder I remembered any of them.

But the weather was gorgeous, and it was good to be out in it.