One For The Musicians on the Haven

Prime Minister

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I know from previous discussions that we have a fair number of musicians in the Haven. I thought it might be fun to hear from members about their musical abilities and musical passions. Further, I'd love to hear about any particularly special musical memories you might have, be it playing in the subway with your open guitar Case at your feet, or headlining at Carnegie Hall.

Even better, if you have any performances you'd like to share, please do so!
 

Prime Minister

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I guess I better start. I trained as an operatic bass. Definitely a basso profundo, I had a range at my best of C1 to G4. Not that you could really do much down at the bottom, but it was fun to show off with sometimes. I did also play a bit of piano and some clarinet but could never claim to be particularly proficient with either.

Best musical memory? Singing with a choral group on stage at a sold out Roy Thompson Hall. No, we didn't sell out the hall ourselves, we were one of many to perform that day, but the applause of a few thousand folks is a pretty incredible high.
 

je2a3

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My most memorable chamber music experience was playing in this piano trio with Albert Tiu, pianist, and Sean Katsuyama, cellist. This Piazzolla "La Muerte del Angel" clip was part of a demo video we made for a music festival 18 years ago. It was recorded in Town Hall, NYC.

We played gigs and small concerts in the NYC metro area from the late 90s to the early 2000s. We disbanded when Albert got appointed as piano faculty at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. Sean played for a few seasons with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and is now a cello faculty at Bard College and active in the NYC free-lance scene.
 

Prime Minister

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My most memorable chamber music experience was playing in this piano trio with Albert Tiu, pianist, and Sean Katsuyama, cellist. This Piazzolla "La Muerte del Angel" clip was part of a demo video we made for a music festival 18 years ago. It was recorded in Town Hall, NYC.

We played gigs and small concerts in the NYC metro area from the late 90s to the early 2000s. We disbanded when Albert got appointed as piano faculty at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. Sean played for a few seasons with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and is now a cello faculty at Bard College and active in the NYC free-lance scene.
My gosh.
What a brilliant performance!
Thanks for sharing that.
 

Prime Minister

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Thank you for the kind words!
I wish I had some recordings of me at my prime. I come from a family of singers, and had life gone differently, I would have happily joined them. You just made me wish I had continued down that path.

Do you have any more recordings?
 

Prime Minister

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I can’t share any of mine, just I can share one of my cousin, who strongly encouraged, with plenty of warnings of the hard work involved, for me to go down that road. A great singer, who sadly was never known widely in the western world, as his prime years were spent behind the iron curtain.

 

je2a3

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I wish I had some recordings of me at my prime. I come from a family of singers, and had life gone differently, I would have happily joined them. You just made me wish I had continued down that path.

Do you have any more recordings?
Here's my you tube, which includes some audio + austin mini geekery. 😊

I'm just the opposite. Sometimes I wish I bailed out earlier, got a regular job with decent benefits. Too late now.;)
 

je2a3

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I can’t share any of mine, just I can share one of my cousin, who strongly encouraged, with plenty of warnings of the hard work involved, for me to go down that road. A great singer, who sadly was never known widely in the western world, as his prime years were spent behind the iron curtain.

A very sensitive singing voice, bravo!
 
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