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tired… yes, i’m complaining…

March 30, 2006

sitting at a cafe near home… finally a day i can just sit and do nothing… well, not really… tons of shit to take care of which i’ll ignore for at least another hour or so…
spent pretty much entire march working on vijay iyer/mike ladd/ibrahim quraishi’s new project… still life with commentator… which i really liked a lot… felt some what previlleged to be a part of it… we rehearsed from march 6th and on… almost everyday until the premier on the 24th in chapel hill, NC… then recording back in new york for two days… was crazy but was fun… especially when we finally made it to the memorial hall at UNC where we performed… finally were able to grasp what it could/would be… beautiful looking set on the stage… complicated yet engaging music… powerful and sharp words… and great performers and director… all the actors involved had their own special thing… masa was full of energy and funny as hell… palina had a great sense of humor and timing… pamela had a great presence… guillermo sang those songs with such a sexy voice that can melt anybody… and mike is just full of power and fire… then vijay and liberty are just so much fun to play with… then there are lots of other good people involved… although we all had some issues with the costume parts… masa was the only one who looked great in that red brief… was great to see vijay, liberty in ruffles though… don’t worry, liberty… you didn’t look all that gay… looking forward to do it again in june… maybe with some costume changes…?
hmm… then i had a day off this tuesday, well had a rehearsal… then yesterday went to boston for the day to record with guy’s rock band maxi geil… got on that chinese bus at 8 am… went to the studio around 1… worked non stop until 6:30… back on the bus at 8 pm… ah… went really well… songs sound great… was shocked that i didn’t fuck up… and no major computer problems… finally my cello strings got adjusted and sounded pretty sweet and dark… my poor abused cello… i’ve had her since i was 12… gee… almost 19 years… time to get a new case though… it’s been killing my body lately… carrying always on my right shoulder… went to a chinese acupuncture last week that seemed to help a little bit… was my first time and was kinda gross looking at the thin needles penetrating my arm then getting wired with electricity… then they were moving up and down… yikes… but guess i’ll go back anyway…
eh… then i’ve been having insomnia that i haven’t been able to sleep more than 5 hours for last 2 weeks or so… any suggestions…? i feel like my body is going to fall apart… getting old… also this morning i woke up with this awful acid reflex thing in my stomach…
then i have two gigs tomorrow… will be amazing just because i have a great people playing with me… i’m scared… feel like it’s been forever since i played what i do… maybe i’ll just let them play… george lewis and vijay… then hahn rowe… after that i have a recording of my own music next monday… to go with an art book by colin stinson… need to focus…! gotta get my brain washed big time…
maybe i’ll sit here a bit longer… sun feels so nice…
stupid of me to complain though… i’m so damn lucky to work with so many great people/friends…
my tummy hurts…

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12 Comments
  1. Your playing was amazing tonight. I was really sorry not to be able to stay for the second set.

  2. thank you… what can i say… george and vijay are just so fabulous to play with… they cured my stomach flu instantly… second set was VERY different… more ambient in a way…thanks and have a great weekend…

  3. Just because you may produce art does not make you better then anyone, you still need to be down to earth and real.

  4. uh, ok… thanks…? i don’t think i’m “better” than other people… although i do think i’m lucky to do what i do… sorry if i gave you that impression from this blog…

  5. Yo, I caught your show with vijay iyer and george lewis at the stone and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen in my life. Keep up the good work.

  6. Let me also agree with what people are saying. Friday’s show at the Stone was positively inspired. I look forward to seeing you play again!

  7. Sorry, I can’t agree. I saw you play too, and I think that your technique is phoney and so is your musicianship. Real paper-tiger stuff- any cellist could do what you do. Many non-cellists could too, with five minutes prep. You must know this. What you do well is strike the right pose at the right time.

  8. uh… ok, if you thought and felt that way… why not… the one thing i can say, since i was the one who did the playing, is that it did take me more than “5 minutes to prep” though… hmm… it took everything i know as a musician and a cellist… and i happened to be playing my instrument for 24 years… then one question for you, although i don’t know if you’ll ever look at my blog again, what did you exactly expect from that night…? maybe i didn’t play whatever you were expecting…?

  9. Sorry, I got a bit carried away, and it was unfair to dump on you. I’m not a cellist, so it’s unfair to judge etc etc. Never again. I won’t answer your question, because I don’t want to prolong this ‘debate’.

  10. no problem… have a great weekend…

  11. dear “non-cellist”,When you’ve completed your 5 minute preparation, please inform us of your performance so we can give you an evaluation. I think the term “Paper Tiger” would more appropriately apply to anonymous “music critics” with a chip on their shoulder…

  12. Good comment, Polimorfos!Okkyung, have faith in what you do! You know you’re good!

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