New music is the best. I’m not only referring to our “fierce championing” and “ferocious advocacy” of contemporary works, which incidentally seem to be obligatory lines in all chamber ensemble bios, but also to how incredibly refreshing it is to play new stuff! Even if the new stuff is actually Haydn, written over 200 years ago. We’ve been on the road with the same few pieces for a couple months now, and we are so fortunate to have three awesome new works to play (in addition to Haydn!) written by three awesome friends of ours. Two of the pieces are so new, the composers (Steve Snowden and Lexi Bryant) are still changing notes in the score each time they listen to us. The third piece, entitled “Black Bend,” was written by Dan Visconti and was chosen by us as the winner of Fast Forward Austin’s Call for Scores. He has had some sick ensembles play his music, and now we know why. To check out more about the fabulous new music festival (FFA) that went down last weekend, head over to the Aeolus Facebook page, where Alan has posted some links for your viewing pleasure :)

But what you’re really here for is pictures. Or maybe movies? But I have to figure out how to upload those first.. We’ve been everywhere, and we have lots to tell you! Here are the places/events which I remembered to photograph:

This is in DC. And that is Alan’s suitcase, covered in a generous layer of Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo. I know that is what it’s called, because I use it too. And no the bottle was not mine. A fine way to kick off our DC trip, which also included a great concert on the Concordia Chamber Music Society series, but of course I didn’t take any pictures of that.

Nick enjoying an entire lobster with the fabulously amazing Nancy in Boston, at Legal Seafood. Such an incredibly warm person, and a true music lover. Oh yes, we also performed a concert in Boston with the equally warm and amazing Victor Rosenbaum presiding over the piano for the Brahms F minor Quintet. Certainly don’t have any pictures of that.

And then we drove up to Vermont, where there was still a foot of snow on the ground (glad I only packed sandals) and we were to stay in THE most gorgeous bed and breakfast – the Fan House.

Sara, the lovely owner of the Fan House, actually made us breakfast on this stove. Alan tries out some commonplace kitchen implements.


LOTS OF SNOW
The Barnard General Store. Incredible. Also the only actual business for miles around.

And then there was the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. We were so honored and so humbled to have been chosen for the Grand Prize, a title shared with the wonderful Akropolis Reed Quintet! We are still on cloud 9 from the whole event. And still recovering from the 14 hour car ride each way.
Celebratory shots of Patron –
Apparently our hotel had a deal with TGIFridays? We drank for free. No better way to celebrate a competition win :)