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/)!