Saturday, August 18, 2012
I am back from Salt Lake City and busy with the festival season in Edmonton. While I haven't been writing choralcentric posts, I have been writing avidly for the Sound and Noise. I had the pleasure to attend the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and interviewed singer-songwriter, T. Nile, as well as the up-and-coming Leeds Folk-Rock Band, The Dunwells. Furthermore, I had time to reflect on what I considered to be the heart of the EFMF. It was definitely a different experience attending the festival as "media." My schedule was constantly fluctuating since the interviews were confirmed on-site and I had to keep checking my phone for updates while I was in sessions. However, I experienced a side of Folk Fest I have never seen before---one where I had contact with the performers on stage. Who else can say that they hi-fived all the Dunwell band members?
Recently, I have been doing some theatre reviews of Edmonton Fringe performances such as Progressive Polygamists and Lost Boy. Another blogging project that awaits me is the Symphony Under the Sky festival on Labour Day weekend.
It will be a busy remaining month of August and the excitement doesn't stop there since I have received music for the first Pro Coro concert of the season. An accompanying e-mail also alerted choir members to the fact that we will no longer have the piano as a crutch during rehearsals. Everybody was instructed to bring their tuning forks and deploy them with what I consider to be a European precision. While it is a frightening prospect, I am excited at the prospect of actually developing a skill I do not possess. If there was any way to learn a skill--- this would be the way!
Until next time readers, take care!