Recently, I made a trip back East to New York City and the experience instantly hit "home!" A child of the Bronx and Manhattan, my emigration to Fresno, California three decades ago came with a blast of culture shock, but my most recent relocation to the East Bay (Berkeley aka "Bezerkeley") fleshed out extreme bi-coastal… Continue reading East Coast/West Coast (East Bay) culture shock
I was originally enlightened about the value of blocking out intricate and tricky passages when I attended a rehearsal of Rudolf Serkin and the New York Philharmonic. He was about to play the Beethoven "Emperor" Concerto No. 5 with its majestic opener of broken chords (arpeggios) and as a warm-up, he silently blocked out a… Continue reading Piano practicing and blocking techniques
It was my birthday a few days ago, and I was blessed with the gift of flowers and a plant from two close friends. These sit side-by-side atop my upright piano: Little did I know that "Roy" who delivered the tulips to my doorstep had quite a story to share about how he met his… Continue reading A Love story born of flowers and set to the music of Bela Bartok
Practicing the Bach Invention 1 with a supple wrist, behind tempo.
Recording and apartment living can be at odds with each other...
In a routine search for a lamp shade to fit my old Stiffel, I stumbled upon an awe-inspiring space with a musical tie-in.
My dreams of living in Berkeley have been fulfilled!
Hallowed ground or a dumpsite of Bezerkeley rental rejects?
Winding along a walking path to Berkeley's Arch, I clutched a self-made map as a guide to a posted rental. On Cedar, as I was about to make a left turn, I stopped to investigate a house that had an attractive sign announcing a concert. The neighborhood was new to me though it rekindled ties… Continue reading The Hillside Club: A Cultural Treasure with Three Lovely Pianos
Murray Perahia, Poet of the Piano Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley is a regular stop for Murray Perahia, who happens to be my former classmate at the New York City High School of Performing Arts (The "FAME I wanna live forever school"). I've already reminisced about "P.A." and Murray's inspiring musical presence: https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/murray-perahia-pianist-is-in-a-league-of-his-own-videos/ For those of… Continue reading Grammy award winner Murray Perahia shines at Zellerbach Hall! Encore, Schubert Impromptu Op. 90 in Eb in two “live” performances (Videos)