Our world - that being the world of "classical musicians" - being small, it is always wonderful to reconnect with old friends and colleagues. With that, I would like to present two new blogs to you.
The first: my dear friend Kenneth Woods, whom I met at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top in 1999. Kenneth has, in the years that have passed since that beautiful summer, has "built a reputation as a multifaceted musician whose credits range from the Mahler symphonies to collaborations with members of James Brown's classic band." Currently the conductor of the Oregon East Symphony, the Surrey Mozart Players and the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth's "A View From the Podium" was the subject of a full-page feature in Gramophone Magazine. Ken's thoughts on musicmaking are quite refreshing, as evidenced by his recent post about a performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto with the Oregon East Symphony, Jorja Fleezanis the violin soloist.
The second: Recently the subject of an article in the International Musician, Jason Heath (whom I met in 2002 at Spoleto Festival USA) is an active double bass performer, educator, blogger and podcaster. Both his blogging and podcasting have been featured in the New Yorker, International Musician, Double Bassist Magazine, The Engaging Brand and the Adjunct Advocate. He is on the board of directors for the International Society of Bassists, a member of the blogging network Inside the Arts, and a staff writer for Bass Musician Magazine.