14. October 2011 · Comments Off on David Letterman Gets an Instrument Lesson · Categories: Videos

If you want to skip the music (I can’t say I was exactly excited about it but maybe you’ll love it so I guess you should give it a chance first, eh?) just go to the very end … 3:10 or thereabouts to hear him ask his question and then name the instruments.

I’ve actually been home from the concert for a while. Had to heat up my apple cranberry pie before blogging, after all!

I think Tango Barroco went well. i was certainly happy with it. And if you know me you know how seldom I actually say that sort of thing.

What a wonderful piece it is!

One more time tomorrow night! :-)

14. October 2011 · Comments Off on “Day Ofs” are the Worst! · Categories: Ramble

No … I’m not missing an “f” above. What I’m talking about is the day of a performance.

I’m fine, for the most part, once I’m working. But the day of? Those are tough for me. I don’t want to do too much. But doing nothing means my nerves really get the best of me. Today I went for a slightly over 2 mile walk. I worked a bit on an English horn reed. I practiced a bit of oboe and ran through Michael Touchi’s Tango Barroco on English horn. I taught two students.

And I tried to nap.

The nap was a Big Fail. Everything else was fine.

And now I wait until it’s closer to call time, as I don’t want to arrive too early. Yesterday I got into the pit before nearly anyone else. I warmed up. I sat around. I warmed up some more. I sat around some more. And when we finally started the ballet I had water in a few keys. (I don’t think I forgot to swab beforehand, but my brain has been in a bit of MuddleLand™ so maybe I did.) There is absolutely no time to deal with that until my part of the second movement is finished. It is absolutely no fun to play when I know every B flat I play is going to sound crummy. Ah well … better last night at the dress than tonight, right? Tonight I’ll arrive later, not warm up quite so much, and you can bet I’ll be very careful about checking for water!

It’s really a joy to get to play Michael Touchi’s Tango Barroco with San Jose Chamber Orchestra once again. It’s been over ten years since I last performed it, I think. I’m hoping it’ll get more attention. The piece really deserved it!

So here we go … San Jose Dance Company here I come, ready or not!

14. October 2011 · Comments Off on Delmar Loves Oboe · Categories: Videos

Any who are in the IDRS know the name Delmar Williams. Here’s a video that will really give you a good picture of the man.

DELMAR from matt dine on Vimeo.

I remember reading this article about Delmar several years ago. It’s great to finally see the guy in this video!

14. October 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I wanna play the oboe!!!!

14. October 2011 · Comments Off on BachTrac™ · Categories: BachTrac™ · Tags: ,

Richard Galliano playing the Aria from Orchestra Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068

14. October 2011 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

New plan: quit job, use sick/vacation payout to buy oboe, sit around and rotate through Bach, Britten, and Vivaldi.