Tonight I had a very interesting gig to play for... a haunted house! It was a little spooky toy chest-themed run where I dressed up, had a little make-up done so I looked creepy, and played creepy things on my violin for four hours - well, with loads of breaks when people weren't showing up. I had fun experimenting with lots of sounds on my instrument - harmonics/really high children's tunes, wide vibrato, purposefully creating fuzzy noises, sul ponticello/tasto, playing on the opposite end of the bridge, etc. So yeah! Everyone said I really helped set the mood for the section of the run I was in, and it was nice to meet a few new friends during our breaks. The violin music combined with a creepy laugh really helped me to get in the Halloween spirit! Amidst all my papers of course, and preparation for orchestra tour next week in the Chicago area!
Because I shared their French Evolution video in my last entry towards the beginning of this month, I thought I'd share their newest video: TwoSet Violin's "Evolution of English Music - 1500-2017" - so check that out. They're promoting their London tour I believe - plus, for me, English music is starting to become really interesting and exciting (and I'm playing Finzi and Vaughan-Williams), including the music of Henry Purcell and William Byrd from Music History class. The orchestral piece (my composition) I'm starting to work on now might blend my French, English, and Japanese influences, so we'll see how and if that ends up working out!Tweet
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