Saturday, April 25, 2009

I am playing many kinds of music these days and I love that. Today we were rehearsing with the Klezmer trio of David Buchbinder. The music is beautiful and exciting and very new for me. It is a music where there is much subtlety and attention to detail is necessary but the groove and the excitement factor are very hight too.

This is something that is coming up in a lot of the music I am playing. That is, finding a balance between finess and energy. Detail v.s. is tricky. Perhaps I am more interested in this topic because I am playing the banjo and some of these musical questions are unanswered for me still on that instrument. I don't have to think about this so much on guitar as it is becomes second nature.

I fall into a trap sometimes and think "what would Bela Fleck do in this musical situation?" This is dangerous as he has such great technique and so much experience that I will always be disappointed with how I compare to a banjoist of his experience. Although, I try to remember that I too have many experiences that are unique and valuable.

anyways, just thinking out loud after that rehearsal and now I need to help out at my Son's birthday party...ten years old!! yeehah!


At 3:45 PM, Blogger Al Hunter said...

That must have been the same trio I heard at Caplansky`s Deli for a free show on Sunday afternoon. It was so good I had to stay for both sets. Makes me wish I`d followed up on my horn playing career.

I did read a blog post that suggested that the full Flying Bulgar Band played at St. John the Evangelist church on Saturday for the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener. A $20 cover, poor acoustics and only cheese to eat.
lol, still would have loved to been there!

Do you know the names of the cello player and the guitar player that made up the trio.

I have a photo of the band playing at Toronto`s Monarch Tavern and a small review at:

David`s Odessa-Havana band is playing at Toronto`s Lulu Lounge on May 13, also $20.


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