It’s a long time ago since I did post anything on my news page.
But now it will change. Here is a sign of life.
I have been sick for quite a while. I’ve got some strange problem with my ears that distorts all sounds. It turned out that I have liquid inside the eardrum that makes all the sound clanging.
I believe most of you can imagine what it is like to be a musician and experience all sounds very different to normal!
The best part is that it will go away by itself.
The worst thing is that it can take 8-12 weeks, according to the doctor I met!
I’m on my eight week now.
Clearly, I am feeling better, but I’m still not all well.
On Saturday at 20:00 swedish national TV, SVT2, broadcasts a show with Gävle Symphony Orchestra.
National fiddler Görgen Antonson together with Gävle Symphony Orchestra offers a show with folk music.
It is filmed in the old gasometer .
An acclaimed collaboration presented by Martin Emtenäs and under the musical direction of the recently deceased conductor Mats Rondin.
Totally worth watching!
During the holidays, my trombones so far been standing in their boxes/bags in a room here at home. I have not had any great desire to pick the pieces together into a complete trombone for practice. A bit desire to practice appeared however the other day.
I sorted a bunch of sheet music that was laying in a big plastic bin in the storage room. Mostly, it was sheet music from auditions and training material for symphony orchestral concerts. Everything from Mozart’s requiem to Henze’s Symphony No. 7. A lot of sheet music that created a lot of memories. As Ravel Daphne and Chloe. A piece I played during my time as a substitute in the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra under the guidance of their, at that time, chief conductor Mariss Jansons. Just me and another trombonist. The others sat and listened to the two of us for about 10 minutes. Those minutes felt like hours. Mariss Janons had, and perhaps still has, the idea of testing new musicians in his orchestra by letting they play alone. Apparently we managed test. We was allowed to go on the 3 weeks-long tour that followed. Of course the whole orchestra played the piece on the concerts.
I also found sheet music of Haydn’s Creation. If you know the repertoire as a trombonist, you then know it’s a part (No. 26) of the piece, which almost always occurs on auditions for bass trombone. A well known ordeal. I unfortunately I must say I have played the Creation with a conductor that removed the bass trombone part from the beginning of that section. Apparently, you can do so as a conductor. Despite all the sorting I didn’t got that yearn for practicing. Hopefully it will be there when the holidays are over and the schedule says; work! Hope so!
It’s pop music on the stand this week! Andreas Johnson, a Swedish pop artist is doing a crossover concert with Gävle Symphony Orchestra. Also Anna Järvinen is on stage at Gävle concert hall as a guest artist in a few songs.
Concert 19:00 Saturday 17th May.
After a few days of practicing on my contrabass trombone I still have the same impression! It is a really great horn!
One conclusion though. There’s a saying; to mastering anything you need at least 10 000 hours!
That will take me, with an hour practicing a day 27 years to achieve!
At that time I have for long stopped playing any kind of trombone!