ISB Convention, June 11, 2011

The last day! Overall I must say for me it’s been a glorious week. So much fine music, so many friendly colleagues. It’s better even than being in the conservatory, there were so many concerts to attend.

I accomplished my three main goals:

  • added to the bass ensemble’s library by buying music,
  • tried some travel basses and
  • networked like mad.

As I write, it’s 12:40 and I have an early alarm for my flight back to Chicago (via Missoula, Montana!), so here again is a quick wrapup of what I saw today. After breakfast with my dad (Happy early Father’s Day):

  • Deep Tones for Peace an all-star cast with an all-star goal
  • Paul Erhard a lightning-fast introduction to his study of Indian classical music. Definitely worth further study.
  • Michael Cameron’s Recital including the live accompaniment to the 1927 silent film “Fiddlesticks.”
  • Nicholas Walker and Michael Manring many of us were impressed by Nicholas’ facility in all the genres he attempted. And Manring was one of my early inspirations and the successor to Jaco Pastorius and Percy Jones. I think this was a great post-Gary-Karr-Gala evening.

Through the whole week there was only one event I walked out on. All I’ll say is this: if you’re going to play well-known material in front of a group of professionals, you’d better bring your “A” game. Everyone else did.

I’m already looking forward to 2013!


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