Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spring – 春

As I was walking my dog this morning, I noticed that the area that used to be all brown with dirt and bare trees have started sprouting the fresh green color.  There were blue and red birds flying and chirping, there were tiny little flowers blooming…  Spring is here, so early this year!  Appreciating all the beautiful things during this busy, busy time.

今朝犬の散歩中、普段は茶色い景色だった場所が緑になってるのに気がついた。もしかしてもう何日も緑になっていたのかもしれないけど、いま初めて気がついた。茶色い土の上に少しずつ生えて来てる草や、裸だった木々達に少しずつ生えて来てる葉とか。忙しすぎるとなかなか気がつかないね。鳥も、青いのや、黒と赤が混ざったのや、美しい柄をしたのが沢山飛んでたり鳴いてたりして。ああ、春だな、と感じた。今年ははやいな〜!

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Punch Brothers

As I have mentioned before, Chris Thile is one of my favorite musicians.  He is such a skilled mandolin player but also has great song writing skills.  Oh and he sings well too.  I heard the Punch Brothers (the band that Chris is a part of) a while ago when the Julian Lage Group (band my husband is in) opened for them at a show in Brooklyn.  I have been listening to their stuff ever since.  Each of the members are super talented and the songs are great.  If you have not heard them, PLEASE DO!!

They performed in Somerville Theatre last month during their tour promoting their new CD “Who’s Feeling Young Now?”  The seats we got were right behind huge stereos and we couldn’t see anything.  My husband went up to the staff at the theatre to ask if there were any other seats left for us to move to.  The staff was very kind and to our surprise, they moved us to the very front row, two seats right in front of the stage!  It was a little too close, but exciting at the same time.  I could see the intricacy of their playing from that distance and was reminded of how skilled they all are.

Wonderful Aoife O’Donovan opened for the Punch Brothers, which was lovely.  I was able to hear some of her true qualities which I couldn’t hear when she sang with the Goat Rodeo Sessions.

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Goat Rodeo Sessions

When I heard that my favorite musician Chris Thile was collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, I was so ecstatic.  Yo-Yo Ma is known for playing different types of music other than classical music, and Chris Thile is also known for his versatility.  They are both experts in their field, but not afraid to experiment outside their comfort zone.  Oh and of course, we cannot forget the wonderful Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan.  As you can imagine, this band is pretty hard core.

The Goat Rodeo Sessions came out with their first CD in January and then followed the CD release with two amazing shows at the House of Blues.  I was able to attend one of the sold out House of Blues shows.  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!  If you have not heard them, take a look at this video below, you won’t be sorry.

During the show, Yo-Yo played the cello, Chris played the mandolin, violin, guitar, and sang couple of the tracks, Stuart played the fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, Edgar played the bass and piano.  A female vocalist, Aoife O’Donovan joined Chris on the vocals for the two songs.  She is actually a graduate of New England Conservatory, but she graduated a year before I came, so I missed her.  She was lovely – her voice is sweet but with a lot of soul.  The style of music is mostly bluegrass, but not stuck in the style – lot’s of possibility for the future!

How wonderful to see such a successful collaboration between musicians from different genres.  I think it helps to bring the music world closer to each other, because sometimes I feel that there are too many walls between the different styles and genres.  Yay!

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Music-filled Days

What a blessing to live in Boston, a city full of musical events every day.  I had the pleasure of attending several amazing performances in the past month and a half and thought I would share my experience with you all!  Since end of January, I have attended the following shows:

  • Goat Rodeo Sessions at the House of Blues
  • Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra’s chamber music concert at Gregorian Rugs
  • Boston Lyric Opera’s The Lighthouse at the JFK Library & Museum
  • Juventas’ unMET at Oberon
  • The Punch Brothers at the Somerville Theatre
  • Boston Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Jordan Hall
  • Newpoli’s concert at the Beehive
  • Boston Opera Collaborartive’s La Boheme at MassArt
  • Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra’s Concerto Competition Winner’s Concert at Sanders Theatre
  • JP Dialogue’s “Three cellists walk into a bar…” at Taylor House

I will upload couple of separate entries talking about some of these amazing performances.  It is always so inspiring to see/hear other groups doing so many innovative and exciting things.  I always feel that I learn something new from the experiences.

It’s a lovely day in Boston – I hope everybody is enjoying it!

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