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

Not according to what’s planned…

So today’s plan went a little bit different… I invited Simone to play with the orchestra of one of the programs I work for (http://www.revolutionofhope.org/) at an event at Simmons College and right after that performance we were going to go play at Downtown Crossing.

I realized that we were close to Ruggles Station so I thought that this would be a good way to get to our planned location We biked to Ruggles and realized that instead of taking the T and playing twice at Downtown Crossing, we could just play one at Ruggles and one at Downtown and so we did

Yes, we bike with our instruments

Yes, we bike with our instruments

Now, let me tell you, Ruggles performance area is poorly located, it’s behind a huge wall with a T “Spider Map” (one of those maps that list all the locations) that covers the performers from the view of anyone coming up the stairs

Our 1st venue today

Our 1st venue today

Nonetheless, I think we did pretty well… it was really fun to play in a quieter space than the engine noise of hell in Park Street and we got some really nice compliments from some really nice people!

Some POV

Some POV

I also decided that from now on, I’m dumping the chair for the performances and just playing standing up if there’s nowhere to sit

I ain't carrying a chair EVER again!

I ain’t carrying a chair EVER again!

We finished at Ruggles and we took the T (bikes and all!) to Downtown Crossing At our arrival, we weren’t sure of where we should be playing, yet, we just sat at a bench and did it, anyway It went very well from the get go and something kind o’ sweet happened A couple of lovebirds (probably on their first date) passed by us and the guy leaned over and asked us super nicely: “I’m sorry to interrupt you, but could you played something romantic, for her?”

Berto and Bethany, lovers extraordinaire

Berto and Bethany, lovers extraordinaire

We played “Air on G String”… I thiiiiink they liked it (?) After this, the Oak Grove train got delayed so people took a bit of solace on hearing us play while they waited for a train that was not arriving… We wrapped up after a really intense day (dammit, rain!)  and we’re very excited about tomorrow, where we’re supposed to do it at Harvard Sq. but as today showed us, things don´t always go according to plans…

After a long day, we still find energy to smile :P

After a long day, we still find energy to smile 😛

I wonder if tomorrow we’ll get to see our plans through…

I liked these two places...

I liked these two places…

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