Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Dharma in Hamburg
Here I am rehearsing with the Hamburg Symphony. My foot pedal is doing fine, but still adjusting the sound quality of the electric violin, with compressor, filters, reverb, and so many variables. Funny I don't have to adjust sounds on my wooden box with 4 strings attached at all :) There is a funny feeling of sound you are not so sure how you are making, and completely in the hands and mercy of speakers and the sound technician at the booth.
The piece is The Dharma at Big Sur by John Adams, performance is tomorrow. I know the 'philosophical' significance of Dharma but for me, I can't shake the "Daruma-san" I grew up with, or every Japanese child grow up with! We have games like "Daruma-san, Daruma-san, let's stare at each other, the first one to laugh, loses, 1, 2, 3!!" and we make the funniest faces try to make the other person laugh. I'm doing that with my kids at home.... I guess he was a very serious guy -- oh well, having to bring ZEN to China, and said to have stared at the wall for NINE years meditating... :)