Jacob Greenberg

Friday, February 20, 2009

in the thick

It's been a crazy but incredibly stimulating few weeks. ICE's stint in Helsinki was great for everyone--beautiful city, great halls and audiences, and we were treated like kings. I just got back from some recording work in Buffalo, and now I'm on to the Twin Cities...as always, trying to fit in some teaching in between. Thanks to all who help me to keep my strength up.

After this, I've got a slight break for a bit: ICE does its Composer Portrait of Arlene Sierra in March at the Miller Theatre, and all the while, I'm brushing up on the Ives Concord Sonata. Good things ahead.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

into the blue

Two days and I'm off to Finland with ICE. It's a long-anticipated trip and I think it'll be fascinating, not least for the music we're bringing there: a enormous piece by Jason Eckardt, stuff by some of ICE's trademark composers, as well as classics from Elliott Carter and Mario Davidovsky, among others. Du Yun is also bringing a crazy new world premiere, "Impeccable Quake," and she's improvising on her Chinese zither for another piece...wild. Who knows what the Finns will make of us, but it'll be really exciting all around.