Ah, New York. The fast pace, the cabs, the delis, the grit, the grandeur, the cold. The efficiency of public transportation. Even for this transplanted Angeleno, its charms still haven't worn off. I had an amazing time there a few weeks ago and am only getting to putting up photos now after a busy week in the recording studio back here in LA! I go back to NY often enough that it still feels a lot like home, but this time it was slightly different because I brought a little tourist with me...
Here's my sweet girl visiting me in the green room at the 92nd St Y. I kept imagining what it was like for her to be experiencing all the sights, sounds, and smells of New York for the first time, and it made me feel a bit like I was seeing the city for the first time through her eyes even after living there for seven years.
The Y was generous enough to give me a full hour for a sound check since I was there a couple days early. A sound check is a meditative place for me. It's a sacred time where you get to just listen like you never do at home in a space that will only sound that way temporarily. It will not sound the same once it is filled with people, making this place of solitude even more private and awesome. I hungrily soaked in every minute of the hour and played my loudest, my softest, my favorites, and my hardest parts of the program. I asked for the house lights to be exactly as they would be for the concert. And then I just imagined being there with the energy of the crowd - and had fun!
What a lovely hall to play in after seeing many, many concerts there myself when I was a student in NYC. The Guitar Marathon is a really special presentation at the Y - it's a part of the New York Guitar Festival and features a whole 5 hours of classical guitarists presented back to back all interwoven with a common theme. Here I am warming up in the ladies' dressing room. I had a great time chatting with the lovely Zaira Meneses while we both waited for our turn to play. (photo courtesy of Emon Hassan)
This year's theme "Bell' Italia" was chosen by co-curators David Spelman and Elliot Fisk, two amazing advocates of the guitar. It was emceed by John Schaefer of WNYC, who briefly interviewed all the artists before we played. A friend of mine got a shot of me on the monitors in the foyer outside. I look a little dazed...we weren't prepped too much on the interviews ahead of time so it brought me back to my Junior Miss days of thinking on my feet in the spotlight (ok, that's a story for another time...)
I think I was talking about Emilia Giuliani. Probably, since I played a 20 minute set of her music! I also played a duo set with Jason Vieaux, a brilliant, intelligent musician and all around good guy who graciously filled in for my former teacher, Bill Kanengiser. I didn't get all that many photos during the concert of course, but we did take a "cast" photo afterwards in the green room.
It was a blast to be there, and check out a preview of the documentary that is being made about the event by Emon Hassan of GuitarKadia
on the New York Guitar Festival blog here