After announcing the project in October of 2017...the very first BBB concert finally happened this past weekend! Before I get distracted and start talking about random things, such as my insecurity, thank you Unter Biergarten for your generosity and willingness to collaborate! Thank you Nathan, Hattie and Jinn, not only for playing - but also really for dealing with my craziness and helping me stay somewhat functioning..
I am still in disbelief that it happened! I was very close to canceling it, because dear Riley mighty decided to visit Rochester on the day I was supposed to travel. I forgot that it is not uncommon for Rochester to have winter fun times in April. But somehow I magically met these angels from Eastman who gave me a ride the day after - although we almost died like three times during the car ride. (Thank you Henry and Amanda!) YAS! Go Eastmanites! Yellowjackets (?)!
Being a human, I have gone through some life-things since the announcement of the project, which explains why it took me five months to get started! I also clearly gave up on the beer-review business (although I have been trying more beers, and it's getting better!). Honestly, soon after I made a whole fuss about the project, I did realize the project has so many flaws and just flat-out selfish! I therefore thought maybe I shouldn't really go through with it, and let it die... I felt bad, for trying to be a diva. But...I do play the violin after all...so forgive me.
Anyways, I received a plenty of helpful comments, and one big consensus was that the whole concept of the project seemed confusing.
So I will lay out a few things about the project, and I hope these terms get organized in my head as well!
1) Chamber music concerts with extra Seohee*
*I will be playing one of the Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (not solo) and one of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas.
2) It is definitely not going to end in October 2018. It will continue until I am done learning both Bach and Beethoven sonatas at lightning speed.
3) The "contemporary music inspired by Bach and Beethoven" requirement is now just any contemporary music piece. I realized basically every (good) composer is influenced by Bach and Beethoven. Duh.
4) Musicians - presumably most of you - will need to help me with hosting the concert! Or you might just get a random text or a FB message from me some day that I would like to schedule something in the area you are based in - and that I would like to collaborate and need help from you!
OK...I know what you're thinking now, that I am making no sense at this point - asking you to play AND organize something?! Well.... I guess I am not shy about asking people for favors, at least when it comes down to making music/performances happen. Plus, it can be a lot of fun making music with me!!!!!!!
I am paying musicians a little bit of honorarium out of pocket, which is really not enough, but I hope it could help you make sense out of this nonsense! I will soon have to start some sort of a crowdfunding campaign - otherwise... I will have to open many more credit card accounts or get into bitcoin (or is that not a thing anymore?).
4) Beer - was originally meant for just me and participating musicians (again, I apologize for being a selfish b@$%^). Some people thought I would be giving out free beer at the concerts - I wish I can... BUT! I will do my BEST to partner up with a local brewery/bar to give all the attendees some sort of a deal!
For the first BBB concert, I was able to offer cheaper drinks to those who attended the concert, thanks to Unter Biergarten (https://unterbiergarten.com/)! Those of you who are in Rochester should drop by - I had this frankfurter and a big thing of beer...the portions were generous and super yummy!
Anyways, this is probably enough GIF's and words for now. I apologize if this post appears as "confusing" once again..! I am really learning a lot through this project, and I love hearing your feedback - help me become a better project-maker/doer!
Thank you again everyone - Rochester was a perfect place to start this project :) Many more exciting ones to come soon.....please keep following the FB page (https://www.facebook.com/musicprojectbbb/)!
Score: 2 out of 10
Of course my very first post for Project BBB would be...beer..! Anyways, as I attempt to review this beer... I hope y'all keep in mind that I hate beer in general, and I don't have the most refined taste buds. So this review is extremely personal, biased and extremely misleading.
So I picked this baby up from Whole Foods, because I liked its pretty purple packaging, and above all....DOUBLE CHOCOLATE. Guess what? Doesn't taste like chocolate.
It is so bitter. It has some funky chemical caramel thing going on...and I can't really drink more than 1mL at a time (sorry fellow Amuricans, I still follow the metric system!). My throat feels like it's growing some weird beer malt bacteria inside. I am already googling "what to do with leftover beer." However, it is somewhat tolerable as its texture is not so ooey-gooey, so I can just drink it instead of water while I am having my frozen pizza. I just can't really breathe while I am drinking it though, because I can't stand its smell.
I sincerely hope I discover good beers as I move forward.
Happy Columbus Day ERRRBODY!
Well, isn't this exciting- my very first blog post EVER! And I would like to announce it to the world, and to myself: Project Bach, Beethoven and Beer, in short, Project BBB!
Project BBB entails that I will be learning and revisiting complete Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord (surprise!), BWV 1014-1019 and complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas. And I will explain later about the beer part...
I have always loved playing Bach - his music is purifying, extremely intelligent and timeless..I also love that everybody plays Bach with different and STRONG opinions! I really see that as a major sign of a truly gifted, one-of-a-kind composer. Anyways, I have played his solo sonatas dozens of times (thanks to many festival and school auditions...), but it was my FIRST time learning one of his sonatas for violin and harpsichord last year (on baroque violin)! And I really liked it...(duh), and I know it would be very worthwhile to learn them all (and probably on my modern violin, because it sounds...better).
On the contrary....I have always feared and refrained from playing the music of Beethoven, unless I was stuck in orchestra playing his symphonies (which I really loved playing btw!!! don't hate me..). For some reason, I always found it more enjoyable to listen to his music, rather than to play it - it always took so much attention and energy out of me. If Bach's music was soul-cleansing, Beethoven's music was soul-sucking.
So after a certain point, I started avoiding playing Beethoven violin sonatas altogether until my new teacher recently pointed out to me how weird and unbalanced my rep list looked, especially because I have not played most of the Beethoven violin sonatas (and he added, "at a doctoral level..!"). After facing his not-so-subtle-judgmental look in his eyes, I told myself I will finish learning all of the Beethoven violin sonatas until the end of my first year of DMA. WHOOT!
Hence, the game plan for Project BBB is: I will be giving 6-8 recitals/small performances in the next 12 months (wish me luck), and every concert will consist of some kind of a combination of 1 Bach, 1-2 Beethoven's and a contemporary piece inspired by these two giants. And I might throw in some old-school romantic piece, or a cheesy showpiece, or just cheese.
I am safely assuming that there are pianists (or other instrumentalists) and composers who are reading this post!
First of all, my dear composer folks - recommendations on Bach or Beethoven-inspired contemporary pieces (for small ensembles, preferably piano/violin, or solo violin), or...may I dare to suggest...write me/us a piece ;) ?
Secondly, my dear pianist folks, or even other instrumentalists, I need thy help! Please let me know if this project is something that could be of your interest and you would like to collaborate! If you have enjoyed making music with me, or somehow thought I was cool to play with despite of my rbf (resting b*tch face), or you love Bach and Beethoven, or you love beer (I will get to that soon) - I promise we will have a great time! The best scenario is if you are already a part of an institution, as a student/staff/faculty; that way we might have an easier time finding a venue and making the event happen. But also open to other suggestions!!
For those of you who are interested, please leave a comment below, or FB message me or email me at: email@example.com
OK, if you're still reading and were wondering WTF is up with the beer..
I really hate beer. Well, let me correct that - I hate most beer. Especially those IPA's really get me. So I never really bothered drinking them or trying them out until this past summer, when I discovered the most magical beer EVER (It was called something..cloud) in Aspen, CO. So, since then I have been more open-minded, but I never really go out of my way to drink or try one.
While this project is happening, I shall stay open-minded and try new beer every now and then. I haven't decided on how often - depends on my budget, health and circumstance... but for sure after every Project BBB concert! And everybody involved (who is also over 21) in the project will be getting free beer from me! Attention beer lovers! Please share thy wisdom and knowledge on beer, so that I know which ones to try first!
To conclude (phew), this project is really an excuse for me to play good music with my friends or friends-to-be, and have a good time! (and maybe to practice a bit harder...). And I am making this public so that I can be accountable and I actually follow through! I am already excited about this project :D Hopefully by October 2018, my repertoire list will be slightly more balanced, and I will have more friends, and an appreciation for fancy hipster beer!
Can't wait to hear from y'all!!