2012-11-20 02:21:52 UTC
concerts since last March 20th at 2nd Floor On Clinton, an intimate
music salon setting on Manhattan's Lower East Side:
The first concert, a "Bach Celebration" (half the program was Bach),
was also a celebration of the recovery of my music memory, and ability
to memorize new pieces, after serious medical issues. The venue owner
and I decided to do the series after the first one turned out well. I
then played there last June, music that I had previously memorized and
then re-learned, and this concert will be mostly music I'd never
played from memory before. I'll finish the series next March 19th with
an all-Bach concert, also including pieces I had never memorized
What I have found out is that if you've had a recovery from brain
damage it's still "use it or lose it". If you do the hard work you
can wind up with better skills than you had before.
Also, in the subject heading above, not "a picnic", but rather,
Picnic. I wrote here last August that a steady gig I'd had for 2
years at a French bistro called Alouette, a short walk from where I
live on the Upper West Side, had ended because Alouette closed. I was
hoping to find another place nearby, this is a great neighborhood for
music, and I did.
I will be starting this Friday at http://www.picnicmarket.com/ The
chef proprietaire, Jean-Luc Kieffer, wants to try live music and we'll
do a trial run and if works well it will be a steady gig. This
Friday, the night after Thanksgiving, will be slow but that will give
us a chance to get the set-up right.
For those of you that came to hear me at Alouette I can tell you that
Jean-Luc is a great chef. Those of you that live far away, if you
know people in New York that would like to hear guitar music in a nice
French bistro, please pass the word!