Back in a Starbucks, that office-away-from-home where it’s somehow easier to concentrate than in my own room!
Some cello website/blogging news:
Emily Wright has redone her Stark Raving Cello Blog. It’s a on a new server and looks terrific. Of course I don’t agree with Emily on every aspect of cello playing and interpretation–but what a boring world it would be if we all agreed with each other! I deeply admire the work and imagination she puts into her online outreach. I get gripped at times by paralyzing bouts of insecurity regarding my own expertise, which all too often leads me to hold back from discussing my own views on cello playing. Emily’s go-for-it attitude is genuinely inspiring!
One of the greatest cello teachers in the world, Hans Jensen, whose legendary dedication and enthusiasm is also deeply inspiring, has alerted me to the new blog/website which he’s co-founded, String Visions. Angela Myles Beeching, one of the great music career consultant/project management coaches, wrote me about it just a couple days ago and suggested I offer to write something for it. So I will!
If you’re a cellist, you’ve surely come across the mother-of-all-cello-websites, Paul Katz’s CelloBello, by now. It’s got a blog, too, currently leading with a tribute to the late Bernie Greenhouse, one of my beloved former teachers, about whom I haven’t yet been able to write–I’m still in denial about his passing.
Oh, and do you read this planet’s foremost Klingon cellist Jon Silpayamanant’s Mae Mai? Not yet? Well, you should! Tremendous amounts of information about both the American orchestral music scene and non-western cello playing and music-making.