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

Welcome to the jungle…

Marvelous day today in Boston… weather was edging the 90’s yet the breeze made the perfect combination for enjoying this sunshine without feeling like you melt away… this is one of these days when I feel I can live in this city forever

Sunshine!

Sunshine!

To put icing on the cake, my beloved Colombia destroyed EVERYTHING in their way to the knock out stage in the World Cup and that makes me HAPPY!

But I’m getting off track…

Today we decided to invade Quincy Market given that the weather was so radiant and even though there was a very wild wind blowing, we stayed!

You can't tell here, but the wind is almost blowing Simone away!

You can’t tell here, but the wind is almost blowing Simone away!

So we “parked” right in front of a bench that became instant front row seats for our performance!

Cool, huh?

Cool, huh?

Our point of view was a bit like this…

We managed to serenade many people that took turns to sit in this bench!

We managed to serenade many people that took turns to sit in this bench!

At some point of our performance we had a minor inconvenience when a street bucket drummer decided to be extremely disrespectful and simply started playing really close to us when we were playing… even though Simone was pretty distracted and a bit upset by this I begged her to continue and not pay attention to this disrespectful twat and so we did, we carried on and it was pretty cool that at some point his beat somehow ended up matching one of the movements we were playing

Beat matching was cool and all but this guy was a jerk for doing that to us... luckily we won and he got tired and left after just a few mins...

Beat matching was cool and all but this guy was a jerk for doing that to us… luckily we won and he got tired and left after just a few mins…

I was in a very good mood to be there and I think my face says it all

I'm telling you, there's a smile here somewhere...

I’m telling you, there’s a smile here somewhere…

Again, today we didn’t managed to get the invitations to anyone, people still don’t  grab them but meh, we enjoyed our time there a lot so no regrets at all!

So my friends, remember, July 2nd at Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College (27 Garden St Cambridge, MA 02138) at 7:30 pm! come get your Bach fix for free if you’re in Boston and make sure to bring a friend!

About the livestream, I’ve been informed that Longy just changed providers a couple days ago so the new link will be sent your way very soon, I promise!

Thanks a million for reading and good night, y’all!

Loved it here!

Loved it here!

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When in doubt, just go where everybody knows your name

So yesterday we had a bad experience playing at North Station that it was kind of a let down, it didn’t feel good to be ignored by people passing by given that so far we have had some sort of a perfect record in getting people’s attention… we got spoiled…

So as we wanted to go back on our feet we looked for shelter again at one of our very successful spots in the past: Harvard Square

This chairs on the spot are so so convenient!

This chairs on the spot are so so convenient!

Playing here is so rewarding, people always pays attention, plus, we got one of the best compliments we have gotten so far: “you guys are so brave! thank you for bringing light to this station with your music…”

Heart. Melt.

Not everything is good and dandy, though.

One problem that I have detected is that the business card/invitation strategy is not quite working out a lot, people don’t make an effort to read so I really need to re structure the way I present them to the audience

After that we moved on to Copley Station which has a space with really nice acoustics and on the plus side, here the cards/invitation strategy took an interesting turn because we had many people taking one with them. Who knows, maybe they could eventually come up to the final concert.

Still have to work on a more attractive strategy, though

These old columns are always something very appealing for me to see... don't ask me why...

I always think these old columns are always something very nice to see… don’t ask me why…

I’m hopeful for what’s to come as we approach the end of this journey

Again, please remember that if you are in the Boston area on July 2nd, come at 7:30 pm to Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College to get some good dose of Bach

Also, if you can’t come, catch our performance through livestream at http://www.longy.edu/livestream

Thanks for reading again and have a very good night

Another one goes down

Another one goes down

 

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Sometimes you win and sometimes… you know how it goes…

Beautiful day here in Boston, not too warm, not too hot, just perfect to be outside without thinking you will melt Today we were excited because we were on our way to North Station which is always a very transited spot but unfortunately my calculations weren’t the most accurate ones…

She looks happy to be there, though... which is nice...

She looks happy to be there, though… which is nice…

When we got there I had high hopes for people being receptive but it just didn’t happen, many people just flew past by us and it wasn’t very pleasant to see that for the first time we weren’t being acknowledged…

People just stood in this platform without paying attention

People just stood in this platform without paying attention to us just a few feet away from them

So in all honestly, this is the first day of this project that I can count as a fail, nobody picked a card to come to the concert or even took the time to listen for a little bit but I guess a rushy society is the one we live in and rushing through the station is what everybody did

No more things to tell today and I have nothing left to do but to invite you to come on July 2nd to Pickman Hall (27 Garden St Cambridge MA 02138) at 7:30 pm to enjoy an evening with Bach

Also, if you’re not in the Boston area catch the livestream broadcast at http://www.longy.edu/livestream Thanks for reading, my friends! Good night to all!

One more down

One more down!

 

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Aaaaaaaand we’re down to phase 3

So today has been a tough day and my sickness got in the way of performing so sadly we had to break our streak of performing every day

Nonetheless, I do got something to tell you and that is that I finally received the invitations for our concert at Pickman Hall on July 2nd that I made at Vista print and they look really great so starting tomorrow, every performance that we do will have cards for people to take some with them and feel invited to this concert

We’ll see how many of them come

This is how they look:

I gotta say I love these cards! I hope this experiment works!

I gotta say I love these cards! I hope this experiment works!

And luckily Vista print had this sale for a card holder so I bought so we could make our work easier

Fancy card holder, please be alluring...

Fancy card holder, please be alluring…

Our project has just started its final lap and I really wanna see how many people we can actually get to come from the pool of people that will see us in the street for the next 7 days

We will see

Thank you so much for taking the time to read us and again, if you’re in Boston, come by on July 2nd at 7:30 pm to the Longy School of Music of Bard College at Pickman Hall and enjoy a free evening of Bach Music

Have a good night, everybody

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Get down with the sickness

So, today was a bit different mostly because thanks to Boston’s crazy weather and my ever running around, I finally got sick To top it all of, things were narrower in terms of location choices because Simone and I will be taking part on a Scandinavian concert with our friends Stefan and Hannah (shout out to them!) and our rehearsal was scheduled at 10 o’clock at Longy so as Simone suggested, Cambridge Common would be a great place to do our performance today given how close it is and let me tell you, this one was pretty self indulgent performance

Cambridge

I mean, look at how nice this place is

There was barely no one around in the park and even though we were basically playing for ourselves, at ssome points we still managed to get a small audience to come and see us and funny enough, there’s always a kid in the mix, they always wanna listen and they are always curious about what’s happening The downside of this concert is that the breeze that was going on was INSANE, I mean, look at her hair

She looks like she's riding a bike, right?

She looks like she’s riding a bike, right?

Sadly, due to my health condition playing for a long time wasn’t the best idea so we only played the 2 Sonatas which made it really short today but given that a lady thanked us for making the park even more pleasant I would consider our single short performance a success Not too much to say today due to the short period of time we actually performed but I will say again that if you are in Boston, you definitely should come to our performance on July 2nd at Longy’s Pickman Hall to enjoy some Bach. Remember, 27 Garden St, Cambridge MA 02138, 7:30 pm, free admission! Have a good night, folks and thanks for reading!

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And finally, we got our most wanted spot…

So today was FINALLY the day when we got to sit down at Harvard Station (no guitar guy around for a change) and you know what? now I understand why it’s such a hard spot to get

Sitting here to play made us recover our faith in Cambridge in terms of appreciating art because lets face it, people in this area tend to be a little bit of a stuck up and their level of appreciation has a “high standard” regardless…

I live in Cambridge, trust me on this one! heh…

But anyway, people here were very nice and welcoming, many just stood and watch (including an adorable kid and his mom that even asked which “song” were we playing) and we liked it so so much that we decided that the best would be to do our two performances there and it was a quite good decision, let me tell you

As a lady who was listening put it “it’s just so nice to have these kind of things here!”

I think what helps Harvard Square to be special is that it’s also a melting pot, just like Downtown Crossing… It is only in these two places where we had people actually applauding after we finished performing a piece… It’s a great feeling!

Another interesting thing the day brought was that a friend of us, Paul Sayed (shout out to Paul!) came by and took some pictures of us that we could use for many things so we had that going for us, which is nice

Here’s a link to the gallery (again, click on the picture to access the slide show):

Tomorrow is gonna be a very warm and humid day so we’ll see where we end up!

For now that’s all and again, remember to come to Pickman Hall at the Longy School of Music of Bard College (27 Garden St, Cambridge MA, 02138) at 7:30 pm on July 2nd to our closing concert! free admission so bring a friend!

Have a good night and thanks a million for reading!

FINALLY!!!

FINALLY!!!

 

 

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