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Marimba Haiku

First rehearsal of the season, and we are planning our program at Lynchburg…and we got derailed writing haiku. So, to whet your appetite for the concert, here’s one:

“Marimba Music”
A solo by Dan Asia
Is five minutes long

As you can see, our programming discussion has informed the poem. We also came up with the alternate:

Marimba music
Is often pentatonic
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Why haiku you ask? Well, Zara will be playing a solo in Lynchburg, based on haiku (This Floating World, by Edie Hill), and Paul is wearing his awesome haiku t-shirt today (see photo). It has this haiku on it:

Haikus are easy
But sometimes they don’t make sense
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NOTE: if you would like to hear Paul play Marimba Music by Dan Asia, and can’t come to the concert, check it out on iTunes.

A Stage among the Trees

I have a marimba partner and a life partner. With my marimba partner (Paul), I do projects like putting on concerts. With my life partner (Aine), I do projects like building a treehouse. So it seems only natural to put on a concert in a treehouse.

Yes! A treehouse! It’s in western Massachusetts (near North, in my sister’s back yard. We started work last summer. First we put up the beams.

In November, Aine and I spent Thanksgiving weekend building the platform. We framed the floor:

And covered it all with plywood.

When it was finished, it looked just like a stage among the trees, and the idea for a Treehouse Concert was born.

The concert will be May 21 at 4pm. If you live in the Northampton, MA area and would like to come, the concert is free, but you must RSVP. Please email me at lawler@lawlerandfadoul.com for all the details.

(In case of rain, we will be inside, but you’ll still get a chance to see the treehouse!)

Spring is almost here!

Have you missed us?  We know you have!   We’re gearing up for a Spring of shows.  Until then, you can watch our recent performance from the Kennedy Center Concert Hall online.  Check us out at this link. We go on around minute 140.

Tell your friends about us and like us on facebook.  Thank you SO MUCH for your continued support of Lawler & Fadoul.

Live Webcast from the Kennedy Center: 2/13/11

We’ll be playing a 15-minute set tomorrow night, including two of our new Bach and Shostakovich transcriptions. The program is part of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloists’ Competition, which Paul won back in the day.
You can watch a live webcast at this link. We’re on around 7:45–hope you can be there.

Flat Tires, Marimbas, Pancakes

Ever notice how changing a tire…

…is like setting up a marimba?

It was made quite obvious to us yesterday, when Paul’s car had a flat.  It caused quite the delay in our day, but at least allowed us the excuse of lunch at the Original Pancake House, which was right next door to the tire place.

Interestingly, this is the second flat tire I’ve experienced recently with a current collaborator who was once a member of Tales & Scales.  Here’s Neil Parsons changing his tire on the last day of the Arts Midwest Conference:

Where's the Flat Tire Fairy when you need her?

My niece, aka the Flat Tire Fairy, earlier this year.

Shostakovich D minor fugue, LIVE

Paul and I recently received the official CD of our Yellow Barn concert.  We were listening to it yesterday, while driving around in the first snow of the year, and it seemed that Shostakovich’s D Minor Fugue was particularly well matched to the wintry surroundings.

Click here to listen to an excerpt from the fugue, featuring alto flute.   And here are a couple of snowy pictures to give you the full effect:

(Note that Paul is holding the CD!)

Postcard from Flamarimba Camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

I had a nice time at Flamarimba Camp.  I stayed up past lights-out one time, but don’t tell the counselors.

Mostly, we practiced for our show this weekend in NYC with the International Street Cannibals:

We will be playing our new versions of two Preludes & Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, with live capoeira.  Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that is sweeping the nation.  Seriously!

Also, we did two school shows, and they went pretty well.  The kids really liked the music, and asked very good questions.  After the second show, a girl raised her hand and said,

I have a comment.  You have good fashion.

Not bad, even if it did come from a second-grader in a school uniform.

On our breaks from practicing, we watched Flight of the Conchords and Fawlty Towers, and a sad-but-hilarious video about life as an orchestral percussionist.

Paul had a cold, but that did not stop him from showing off his new concert snare drum.  Hopefully he will be feeling better by Sunday.  See you at the concert!

Love, z

PS. Please send cookies.
PPS. Preferably chocolate chip.

CMA

No, not the Country Music Awards.  (Last I checked, they don’t have a category for flute & marimba.)

Chamber Music America is the industry organization for small ensembles, and the big news is that Lawler & Fadoul have been selected to do a showcase performance at their annual conference in January!

The Conference takes place in New York City, and is 4 days of showcases, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits and networking.

This will be our first showcase at CMA.  We will be playing some of our old favorites (Ravel’s Habanera, Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea, and a tango by Piazzolla) as well as two of our new transcriptions (Bach’s G Major Prelude & Fugue from WTC 1 and Shostakovich’ A Major Prelude & Fugue).  You can hear a preview of the action on our audio page.

Keep an eye out here and on our schedule page for practice showcase performances—we’d love to play our pieces for you.  (In fact, if you’d be interested in hosting an informal house concert, let us know!)