I’m back in Switzerland after two fantastic shows at the Luxembourg Philharmonie to launch Lucerne Festival Young Performance’s tour of NOMOZART. Last night we played in Bern, and we have four more shows in Switzerland, in Zürich, Zug, Verscio, and St. Gallen. Then I’ll fly to Graz, Austria to create a piece with four other performers. Read on for more!
The NOMOZART tour has gotten off to a great start! It was cool to get to see Luxembourg for the first time and to perform in the beautiful Philharmonie. If you’re around Switzerland, we hope you’ll come out for our 45-minute music and movement show for young audiences, which I spent much of the past year developing in Switzerland, and of which we are all very proud!
On the 18th, I leave Switzerland for Graz, Austria to spend five days developing a work with two alumni of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY (including a fellow NOMOZART member) and two other local musicians. Our project is tentatively entitled Switching Tongues, and its theme is the switch that occurs in the minds of multilingual people when they move between languages. We’re planning a work showing on Saturday, March 23. If you or anyone you know in Graz might be interested, get in touch and I’ll send details of how to attend!
After a few days exploring Slovenia (send me recommendations of what to see or who to meet!), I head back to Boston for a week before flying to Chicago for three days performing and leading workshops at a conference dedicated to Creative Ability Development, the method my first violin teacher, Alice Kanack, devised to teach kids how to improvise. I’ll play some of my solo music for violin and Ableton Live, and I’ll lead workshops in extending your instrument with Ableton Live and in creating performance pieces collaboratively. I’ll also participate in a teacher training there to learn how to teach with Alice’s method. If you’re around Chicago and teach music to kids, please consider signing up for the conference!
Further down the line, save the date for my performances in New York with Rhymes With Opera of the world premiere of Rumpelstiltskin, a new opera by Ruby Fulton and George Lam, as well as for a show with The World/Inferno Friendship Society at Brooklyn Bowl, a regional tour with thingNY of our commission of composer Rick Burkhardt, and this summer, an album release tour of mine and Paul Pinto’s opera that includes stops at festivals in Texas and Nebraska!
I am not a sad bumpy frog but I love them,