Monday, January 3, 2011
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Our new CD of English music arrived at our house on Tuesday! We shipped CDs to donors yesterday, and will deliver some to sell at Musical Offering in Berkeley today. CDs can be ordered or downloaded at www.farallonrecorderquartet.com
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tish here - We're all back home in California now. Very early flight this morning (6:20 from Des Moines, going through Denver). All went well, and the instruments arrived in San Francisco safely, as did the players. Our only bad food experience occurred last night. We arrived at our Des Moines airport motel around 9 and decided to try take-out from a Chinese restaurant on the motel's list of nearby places. China One - don't go there! Very baad. But the people were very nice. Watched a little bit of Spinal Tap to relax, then got about 3 hours of sleep. We loved working with Peter in St. Bridget's. Thank you Peter for a great session!! Annette and I think Iowa would be a fun place to live. Frances thinks it's a great place for a little second home in the spring. My mother's father, who I never knew, was from Mount Pleasant, about an hour away from Iowa City. Next time I'll make time to visit the town.
Now we have to do the paper edits and send them to Peter for the final editing.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We've just been packing up recorders at our motel in preparation to drive to the church for our last day of recording. Because the church is very cold at night we bring our wet recorders back to the motel each evening, knock out the blocks and let them thoroughly dry. The drive to the church, about 15 minutes, takes us through beautiful rolling hills, fields edged by woods, a tiny village, past a strange tall tower (now used for cell phones and radio waves...), down a gravel road to a quiet and peaceful spot. We are so lucky to have the opportunity to make music together in such a lovely location. Peter, our recording engineer, is a joy to work with - he is never mean, he makes very good suggestions, both musical and technical, and he is lots of fun to hang around with in the breaks. I (Frances) have been enjoying very much playing with the three other Farallonians. It is wonderful to get to play these pieces over and over with such good musicians. You might think the over-and-over part, trying to be perfect in every way, might be tedious, but it is not at all. It is completely absorbing.