Landing into Sea-Tac at midnight yesterday, after a whirlwind of cancellations, terrible customer relations, but an awesome first-time experience with Uber, I managed a good night's rest for today's rehearsals for my upcoming recital on Thursday with Doug! It's been tough learning the music one-sidedly. Somehow playing the missing part is never an adequate or realistic substitution to the real thing. Hearing the dialogue between the two instruments today in their living unique timbres just opened the door to conceptualizing the pieces in many new ways. Since much of the repertoire we're programming haven't been recorded yet, today was a fruitful rehearsal to discover and listen to the composer's precise ordering of pitches in time, with the flexibility of no preconceived notions of how the parts "should" interact.
While frustrations and anxiety may end up keeping me from being a traveling musician in the future, I am feeling very lucky and excited to be:
1) working on such a cool program with Doug, especially after so much talk over the past few years about this dream becoming a reality
2) escaping the hundred-degree weather in Houston
3) exploring what the Pacific NW has to offer - beautiful weather, great food, and nature!
We'll be discovering and uncovering more in our rehearsals tomorrow, and are looking forward to sharing what we find with our audience on Thursday. Don't forget to buy your tickets!