Violinist.com Interviews: Volume 1 by Laurie Niles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book would make a wonderful gift for your violin teacher or orchestra stand partner. It’s like a box of fine chocolates: varied, rich, each one delicious in its own way. The author is a thoughtful interviewer who seems to be able to relate well to the famous violinists she talks to and to get them to open up to her about a myriad of topics. Her subjects are all violinists at the top of their game, and the author deserves kudos for choosing a diverse group of interviewees in terms of musical interests, age, gender, and background. Each interview is reasonably short, too, so it’s easy to dip in and out.
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I am going to be playing the violin in church with a soprano and a pianist next month. The piece is Bach/Gounod Ave Maria. The music may be sublime, but in the score, there are extra parts I don’t need, and the page turns are in really bad places. Continue reading Mundane Monday: Avoid the page turn
Val Vigoda is an electric violinist, singer/songwriter, and founder of the musical trio GrooveLily. She has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Val has also co-written, with Brendan Milburn, songs for Disney’s Tinker Bell movies as well as the score for the stage musicals Striking 12, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Toy Story: The Musical, and many others, including Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, starring Val as Kat, a contemporary composer and single mom who meets and falls in love with the time-traveling explorer.
Val and I went to Princeton University together. We traveled in different circles then: I played the violin for two years in the University Orchestra, she was exploring the potential of the instrument when combined with singing in a rock band. After graduation I followed Val’s career over the years, reconnecting through her kickstarter campaign for her one-woman show, “Just Getting Good.”
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et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.
like the moon
you are changeable,
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
it melts them like ice.
I knew intellectually when I moved to the SF Bay Area that replacing my beloved community orchestra would be impossible, but like my partner in hair, Goldilocks, I’ve been searching for a music situation that’s “just right.” Continue reading O Fortuna
My new string quartet has been looking for something to perform in a recital on May 15, for our violist’s teacher. We’ve only played together twice, at least twice with me on violin 1. The others know each other better and have been to music camp together and had coaching and everything. I’m holding my own, though. I can finally say that I too have chamber music experience.
Continue reading Have Mozart Will Travel
I’m in an online fiddling group that has been posting recordings of jigs for St. Patrick’s Day. Alas, I’m not even a little Irish, as far as I know, but I love the fiddle music.
Continue reading Happy St Patrick’s Day!
The first video of last night’s concert is out, and I’m in it. There, framed between the soloist and the conductor, you can see me in the orchestra’s viola section.
Continue reading Inner Voice
If you’ve heard the first word in the title of this post at all, you’ve probably heard it associated with a different word: “Farewell.”
Continue reading Ashokan Journey
. . . and I have insomnia. Up at 4:30 am PST, I went on Facebook and Word Press and saw everyone on the U.S. East Coast starting their days.
I’m watching my friends post “Happy Birthday” to my Facebook page in real time. That didn’t used to be unusual, but since I moved to California, I get up and I find that a lot has happened, and been posted, already. (I am resisting viewing this as starting the day “already behind”). Continue reading It’s my birthday . . .