This January, I was reminded of my old free-lancing life with a plethora of non-job related musical projects. I was also totally blown away by the commitment of a host of local musicians, a full sized orchestra of them, who volunteered their time to record a new piece by Chris Dietz in Bowling Green, OH. It quite re-energized, and re-focused me, to feel the strength of the new music community here in SE Michigan and N Ohio. I also met my long-time hero, percussionist Han Bennink, at the UM SMTD. I've been a fan since I first heard him in the Trio Clusone with the cellist Ernst Reijseger some 15 years ago. Meeting him was very liberating and inspiring, and oddly homey (I miss Europe...)
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Katri Ervamaa, cellist