Sunday, May 11, 2014

You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover

I had an interesting thing happen this afternoon at the gig at the Presidio Yacht Club. I had just hauled all of my equipment in to play with the Lonestar Retrobates: upright bass, amp, cords, stool. I went to the bar to order a drink, and asked for a virgin mojito. The bartender(a woman) and I had a nice chat, then she asked me for $2 for the drink. Now, this venue does not pay the musicians in cash, just food and drink. I told her I was with the band, and she replied, "Yeah, but you're not in the band." I explained as patiently as I could that in fact, I was in the band, and she realized that she had made a big assumption based on my gender. She apologized profusely. It was a pretty good gig.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Divertimento Ensemble Plays at the Piedmont Center for the Arts TONIGHT!

I am so looking forward to tonight's concert. Our octet has been rehearsing for months, and the program is interesting and varied. I have wanted to perform the Dvorak String Quintet in G for many years, and happily it is on the program! I am so fortunate to be able to work with such fine musicians as the Golds, Paul Rhodes, Larry Levin, Cyrille Perry, and Janis Lieberman. We are also performing a piece written for us by the local composer Aaron Blumenfeld and one movement of the octet by Otokar Zich, as well as a fast and furious piece for string quintet and bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
I am practicing my parts today, as well as practicing how to use my mini DVR camera, as I hope to get a good recording of tonight's concert.
There will be cookies, too!