A Return to Performing

It’s been a while since I per­formed on stage in any­thing musi­cal. Think­ing back, I guess it would have been my sec­ond Doc­tor­al Recital at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester’s East­man School. Holy Glock­en­spiel, Bat­man! That was over 18 years ago!

So, after a long hia­tus from the con­cert stage, I guess I get to return as I entered it, kneel­ing over a 5–6 bar met­al xylo­phone. Except instead of this being Kinder­garten music play­time, it’s as part of an ama­teur Game­lan ensem­ble. I’ve men­tioned it ear­li­er in this blog. (Gee, that’s twice in two post­ings that I’ve referred to ear­li­er entries. Could I now just start repeat­ing myself?). I do get to move around a bit, mov­ing from the Saron (afore­men­tioned kid­die xylo­phone) to the Demu­ng (slight­ly big­ger xylo­phone) and the gendér (more like a vibra­phone, but with­out the motor).

We have our last set of rehearsals from Fri­day on, and the con­cert will be at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Columbia’s Muse­um of Anthro­pol­o­gy, a build­ing that fig­ured promi­nent­ly in one of the few movies that makes no illu­sions about the fact that it was shot here in Van­cou­ver, Inter­sec­tion, made in 1994 (star­ing Richard Gere, Sharon Stone, and Loli­ta Davi­dovich) . It tru­ly is gor­geous. Tues­day, Feb. 21 at 7 PM. Admis­sion is free.

In the mean­time, I’m just try­ing to keep my head togeth­er as work starts to kick into a slight­ly high­er gear, and time left for sleep seems less and less.