So this week I get the privilege of being the cello teacher at the Mark Wood Rock Orchestra Camp. Upon looking at the faculty list I knew this was going to be a lot of fun. The people at this camp are really changing everything people know about our instruments. It’s really quite incredible what these musicians can do. I think I may learn just as much as the students.
My day started out with me driving 6.5 hours from Bloomington to Kansas City. The thing that kept me going and made my ride seem even shorter was knowing I was going to find the nearest Chipotle.
Upon arrival I settled into my room, which is a dorm room. It brings me back to my days at the U of M which is nice.
After introductions for the camp and a little jam session I had my first rehearsal playing a John McLaughlin track called The Dance of Maya. It’s in 10/8 time which is fun. This is a quartet led by Joe Deninzon. Also in the quartet is Tracy Silverman and David Wallace. We’ll play this track at tomorrow night’s faculty recital. It may be video taped so hopefully in a bit I can post a video.
Tomorrow will be a busy day of teaching and playing. I’m especially looking forward to playing Shostakovich 3rd quartet with some other awesome musicians. I will hopefully post more tomorrow.
By the way, this is my attempt at blogging more. We’ll see how long this trend lasts.