I'm writing from the Houston airport. Had I known the Superbowl was going to be played here tomorrow, I probably wouldn't have booked a ticket home that takes me through IAH. But, here I am, and I had the happy accident of running in to Nick Kendall and Ranaan Meyer of Time for Three, so that was fun. I have one of those lack-of-sleep colds, though, and that is not fun. It started in Colorado, and only got worse at we traveled to California. Our already late-night flight was delayed, so we didn't get in to our hotel until 3 AM Friday morning! Somehow we managed to play a really good recital last night anyway. Then this morning I had to get up at 4:45 AM to catch the Super Shuttle back to the airport. It's been a grueling schedule, but the music-making has been totally worth it.
Playing really good music with really good musicians in wonderful spaces really can't be beat. Last night was especially lovely. We played in the Fireside Room at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. It smelled like cedar, and there were a lot of young people, who were all very well-behaved and clearly engaged in the music, in the audience. It was fantastic. Our second performance was much stronger than the first (which, in all honestly, also went pretty well!), and we were all sad that we didn't have a third and fourth concert to really blow it out of the park! But, we had a wonderful time together, and I hope we'll be able to do a repeat tour (with more sleep) in the future.
Here we are after our two concerts.
It was wonderful to play again with Patricia Surman, and to meet and work with Jooeun Pak, who is a phenomenal pianist. What a wonderful week. I just need to get healthy in the next few days, as I travel to Boston on Thursday, and the adventure continues.
Phew! It's a busy start to the semester for sure!