Posts Tagged ‘Vincenzo Solo’

The Barn Floor One Year On

August 23, 2015

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Assiduous readers of this blog will recall that last year we demolished the rotten barn floor and put in a new one.

In the backs of our minds we had the idea of creating an indoor space in case of bad weather for our annual concert, but of course very soon the barn was once again filled with paint pots, matresses, circular saws, old doors and stuff in boxes from Paris, all coated in the usual dust and cobwebs.  Added to which the birds had no intention of changing their habits and continued to build nests, for which they seem to need a lorry load of moss, most of which they drop inconsiderately over everything beneath their flight path.  So in a way it was a relief that the weather was gorgeous for the concert with Toss the Feathers on August 7th. But somehow we were frustrated not to be able to inaugurate the place, so we decided to hold last Friday’s music workshop in the barn – and as it culminated in an open concert we took advantage of the occasion to set up an exhibition of photos by Markus’s godfather.

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After a week of clearing up and cleaning up, we were finally ready to hang a selection of photos and prepare a catalogue.

The musicians arrived for lunch . . .

6 lunch musicians

Then they got down to thrashing out the repertoire . . .

6 rehearsal keyboards (1024x768)

Jazz to Folk is pretty challenging . . . .

8 rehearsal Jazz vs Folk (1024x768)

and there’s a lot to keep in your head . . .

7 rehearsal deciding on solos (1024x768)

After dinner in the kitchen, the saxophonist finally arrives . . .

8.1. late arrival of sax

And we’re ready to go!

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A quiet day in the country

July 30, 2014

Well it actually started the evening before at the magnificent Grange de Clavière at St Agrève, which hosts a classical music festival every summer. We were entranced by the superb Quatuor Capriccio, (seen here in rehearsal a few days later) playing Schubert and Mendelssohn and had the opportunity to compliment them in person at a very convivial reception after the concert.

We got home at 2 a.m. and were up again at 6 to get ready for the brocante in Lamastre. We arrived at around 7.30 – one of the last stalls to set up – and laid out our assortment of bits and pieces in a very cheerful atmosphere. At around 9.30 the event organisers paraded this splendid pogne , hot from the oven of Thierry the baker, through the market stalls and we were all invited for a slice with a cup of excellent coffee.

As the morning wore on our stock diminished pleasingly. We were particularly happy that some loved but superfluous items went to charming people who were delighted to find them. It is nice to imagine pieces going to a good home and enjoying a new lease of life. Many friends stopped by to chat or pick up something from the stall, (one of them seized on my past histories of the Archers and has happily spent the last few days in Ambridge) but by one o’clock all right-thinking people were à table and it was time for us to pack up and get going. Back to les Sarziers and a quick change of pace as we set up for the concert with Kalynda and Vincenzo Solo.

This was a bit of a gamble for us as, unlike last year’s Jazz aux Sarziers which was a private party, this was a semi public event. People had been asked to bring along something to eat and drink and we had no idea how it would all work out nor how many people to expect. In the event around 70 guests showed up, including friends, neighbours and quite a number of people we had not met before or who were staying in the area and had heard about the concert on the grapevine.

The evening was a spectacular success with wonderful music and great, friendly atmosphere. The supper contributions were plentiful and inventive and everyone chipped in setting out the buffet and organising the drinks.

Although both Markus and I were flying around all evening – he also performed with Kalynda on five numbers! – we made new friends and caught up with old ones. Les Sarziers worked its magic once again and before we knew it we realised that it was two in the morning . . .

Kal31 (1024x768)

And they say the pace of life is slow in the country!


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