My stand partner is a force for me to aspire to. Every fingering is written into his music so I know exactly how he thinks about fingerings. He makes liberal use of open strings, sometimes even crescendoing to an open A! His sound is strong, his choices clear and explicit, and he takes command of the section with incredible power. All of these things are so contradictory to my playing it's almost humorous and a wonderful example for me to sit next to. I have the opportunity to play exactly as he is playing, to mimic the colors that he chooses, the power he exerts, the speed of his vibrato and bow. It will be an opportunity to put on a new hat, to become a different player for two weeks. It means that the choices I make in the future will come closer to truly being choices and not habit or lack of imagination. To accept the playing of another fully and bring that into the palette of possibilities is an exciting thing.
After rehearsal I came to my hotel room then took a short walk around part of Toyooka, a northern city in Hyogo Prefecture where we are having our opening festival. It is a calm, simple seeming city. The streets have room for more than they hold. I found a green hill with a shrine. It was deserted but for me and the cicadas.
|path along a little stream; |
a deserted home (?), fallen into ruins, something rarely seen in Japan
|view from the hill|
|a massive building in the shrine, all by itself|
|the other side of the hill and another side of Toyooka|
|one of the main streets|