Firstly, it would be important to mention the great concert I played with Mark Fernyhough at Huxley's Neue Welt, opening for the wonderful Suede! It was a great experience and certainly the biggest crowd I had played for in a "pop" setting, and even though we were the first of two opening bands (the other was Teleman, who were touring with Suede and put on a fantastic set as well!) the crowd was warm and welcoming and it felt great to play for them. We did get to chat a bit with both Teleman and some of the members of Suede while we were backstage before they went on, and they really are a lovely group of people! Not to mention their playing - I was entirely clueless about their existence before Mark asked me to play with him for this concert, and while I had looked online at some videos of their live performances, the energy, intensity, and perfection they brought to the stage at Huxley's really impressed me. Hopefully they'll be back in Berlin soon!
Thursday and Friday were devoted to normal work activities and a couple of intense rehearsals with Joy, as we finally had a bit of time to focus on our program for Saturday. They were productive enough that we were able to come up with an entirely new arrangement of "Einsamkeit" from Schubert's Winterreise song cycle, which we performed last night at Café Blume, along with the rest of our program, which was a mix of classical, pop, and several of our own compositions.
If you missed it, you can come to the next performance on December 7th at Lagari where we'll also feature special guests 5 Nation Improvisation, otherwise known as the four wonderful people who took part in my first Improvisation Workshop and myself, as they show off some of their new-found skills before Duo Beleza takes the stage. And if you want to participate, bring your acoustic instrument along around 8pm so we can play together, and then join us for the next Improvisation Workshop which will almost certainly happen on December 14th (I just have a couple of more details to iron out in regards to location).