Bach, Boston, Urban

Closure.

Ok, friends, explanation/apology time…

I’ve been away for a bit more than a week but there IS a good reason…

Yup.

Yup.

Now, let me explain…

A week ago (last Wednesday) I was supposed to have this super busy day with a recording session, job interview, lawyer meeting for my visa application, an Opera rehearsal and of course, performing with Simone…

Yet, life has this very interesting way of flipping the table where you’re building your destiny’s puzzle and well, long story short, I had a bike accident that broke my left clavicle and unfortunately one of the extras of this incident is that playing my cello won’t be an option for me at least for the next 6-8 weeks

As you might infer, It’s been a tough week, you guys… this project that we work so hard on had to be stopped just for a stupid accident and it was painful to see it crumble

I couldn’t even get myself to write a post… but it’s only logical, I think…

After a few days of mourning, I had a long talk with Simone about what to do and we came to the conclusion that we had gone so far with this project that it would be unfair if we didn’t find a way to conclude it as we planned

In Colombia we have this saying that goes “it’s better to have friends than money”, so honoring that wise train of thought I decided to ask a friend of us if he would be interested in playing our final concert with Simone and luckily, he said yes

His name is Simon and he is one terrific Cellist, one who he was so kind and willing to take my place which was something that gave me great relief.

Naturally,  having covered the “we don’t have a cellist” issue I was able to have a more focused idea of what my role could be in this final step of the way and I decided that the least I could do was to be there and introduce the concert.

In spite of this obnoxious shoulder pain I’ve been carrying for the past week, I went there and talked about the project in front of our audience. To my surprise there were 8, yes, EIGHT people that saw our performances somewhere at an MBTA station, park or else and felt attracted enough to come to the final one!

When we started I said to myself that it would be great to get at least five people that saw us somewhere to come for the Pickman concert and well, we got 3 more than what I aimed for so as Kermit puts it

Yay indeed, Kermit…

After I introduced the concert I took my seat and I couldn’t help myself being filled with the nostalgia of not being able to play those notes one last time before Simone and I part ways (she leaves the US for good in a week which is really sad)

Safe to say, I looked a bit sappy through the whole thing…

Don't I?

Didn’t I?

But anyway…

The duo of Simon and Simone (no joke intended) were set to do the final performance of this journey and boy they did a great job at Pickman

My point of view during the performance

My point of view during the performance

I think everybody present at this concert had a good time but I’m sure not as much as me. It was tremendously rewarding to see the culmination of a project unveil the right way, even though we had this major bump down our path.

In conclusion, I wanna come out and say that if you are a musician, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for you to take your music to people out there, everywhere, in any way you find suiting to reach out for those uncharted audiences.

You will be surprised how much they will want to listen

We would like to thank Longy and our teachers for the support given to us in this journey, it was indeed priceless

Thanks to Simon for his kindness to step up and cover for me and allowing this to have the proper ending. I’m in big debt to you, my friend

Of course, I have to give the biggest thank you to my partner in crime, Simone.

Thank you for being such a trooper and basically have no buts when we made this crazy initiative take place

You were always up for anything… You’re simply the best, “Dani”!

Last but not least, thank YOU, kind reader for following us in these adventures, even if you did so for a little bit… it was so nice to find out that this blog was being read up to 60 times a day in some cases

I wish you the best and know that if you have any questions for me or Simone, you can always contact us at davidhurtadocellist@gmail.com, we will be more than happy to answer them if we can

Take good care, y’all!

See you somewhere down the road!

See you somewhere down the road!

 

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Bach, Boston, Urban

Sometimes, all you need is one

My last day of work of the 2013-2014 finally arrived and by God I am not who I used to be in every sense…

I’ve learned so much about teaching this year (shout out to the great J. Garvs! you are THE man!), about myself, about others.

This whole OPT path that I took, which is a visa status for immigrants that completed a degree that allows them to work for a year, has been one of my life’s best decisions

Now, having said that, because the end was here, I felt so wiped out this morning (actually, I still do now as I write this post) but our project can’t stop so I met with Simone down south at JFK Station to do our 1st performance of the day

As soon as we started playing, we knew this would be a nice spot to do our thing; less than a minute into playing people was already stopping to watch and listen and there was this BEAUTIFUL thing that happened that left me with a feel good vibe all day

Although we got a good amount of attention, there was this one guy that as soon as he arrived to the station he fixed his eyes on us and took a sit in a bench nearby and listened to our ENTIRE program. For a moment, I thought he was waiting for his train but more than 4 trains passed by going in all the possible directions at JFK and he didn’t took any of them and I can dare to say that he was sitting there just for us…

Sir, you most likely won’t be reading this, ever, but you made my day, thank you.

I didn't tell Simone that the real reason why I took this picture was that I wanted to get those focused eyes in the shot... sorry, Simone! :p

I didn’t tell Simone that the real reason why I took this picture was that I wanted to get those focused eyes in the shot… sorry, Simone! :p and again, thank you, kind sir.

After that, we left the place and we agreed on meeting late  in the evening to do another one somewhere because the afternoons are off the table. Why? because if you have read my profile here, you can assume by my personal description that the World Cup is and will be commanding my life these days and most of what I do now works around it (go ahead and judge me, I don’t care!)

Regardless, as the evening arrived I felt that I just didn’t have it in me so I agreed with Simone that instead tomorrow early in the morning we will chase the golden spot… again: Harvard Sq.

Also, as I announced yesterday, our closing concert is going to be on July 2nd at 7:30 pm in Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, MA. Having this in mind, I created a little strategy to try and attract some of the people that see us play in the streets or the MBTA stations to this final performance and I’m really looking forward to try it and see how it works out.

Basically, I went to VistaPrint and selected the free business cards option (yes, they will give you 250 cards for free) and instead of putting any company info, I made an invitation to the concert in them.

Anyone that stops to listen to any of our performances can take one of these cards and that way they can have the chance of going to an actual classical music concert and I can only hope that many of those that take an “invitation” with them are the kind of people that don’t usually go to such events.

It looks something like this:

I know the address isn't right but don't worry, the final version is fully corrected

I know the address isn’t right but don’t worry, the final version is fully corrected

That is all for today, as always thank you for reading and more to tell tomorrow for sure!

Have a good night, friends!

Great acoustics in this place... it's a sad thing that every MBTA station doesn't have a performer at every minute of the day...

Great acoustics in this place… it’s a sad thing that every MBTA station doesn’t have a performer at every minute of the day… It should be a law, somehow…

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