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Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on juin 15, 2016

A mother was stroking her youngest daughter and told her family, “ She is just like S---. The down on her skin is the same and so is the length of her muscles. When I press my fingers into her skin it bounces back exactly the same way.” Hands observe these nuances, these fine details, taking in all this information...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on juin 15, 2016

“…Can you bring me to the place
where the pollen is now the light…” Linda Hogan

At its best, art can be transformative: a painting can make us look at the world in a new way; a poem can capture thoughts that rattled around in our heads without coherence. Music is sometimes at its best when it is hardly...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on mai 9, 2016

I have been thinking this week about finger stability [which has been discussed here before] because of a need to improve my playing for a concert on Saturday night. When moving our fingers quickly, we think about getting from one note to the next. It is hard to think of anything else, speed is one of those things...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on avril 28, 2016

“with nothing but a story, and time” – Linda Hogan

As you learn and work on a piece of music the narrative flow becomes the driving force for an interpretation. Sometimes it takes a very long time to find the best way to deliver a passage. Yesterday I was playing one of my own pieces, a fairly easy one, and...

Portrait de Patrick K
on avril 25, 2016

Good day everyone

I'm back with a lot of good news!

To start I'd like to thank Richard Mascall for taking me under his wing. I find myself very privileged to be able to have the chance to learn from the best. Thank you Richard!

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on avril 23, 2016

Sometimes there is a bit of shame, in the last few weeks I have been practicing and recording improvisations. When you are trying ideas for the first time peculiar things happen. Today for example, playing along with my eyes closed I could have sworn my fingers were at the 2nd fret but they were really at the 5th....

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on avril 10, 2016

Peter Hatch’s Wiki Mozart: The Oboe Quartet Remixed
A Lecture Recital by Elizabeth Eccleston
Canadian Music Centre
20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
Monday, April 18th, 2016 3pm
Free Admission

ELIZABETH E. ECCLESTON, oboe*
Sharon Lee, violin
Woosol Cho, viola
...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on mars 21, 2016

I have started falling in love with flats. A guitar player tends to find them hard to enjoy because in regular tuning they mean lots of barre chords and sore hands. In altered tunings things can change and one of the pieces on my latest CD is in G minor [2 flats]. I have just written another piece filled with flats...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on mars 7, 2016

I had a very special experience while playing a concert on the weekend: it seemed like a good idea to open with an improvisation. The spontaneous creation led straight into the first programmed work winding up on the first note of the opening piece. Something told me to wait for the nervous energy to dissipate...

Portrait de wilbeau
by wilbeau
on février 29, 2016

“…sometimes being lost, if there is such a thing, is the sweetest place to be…” Linda Hogan

A long, long time ago, in western coast of Spain lived a man and his daughter. The father was well known as a carpenter, and the elegant beauty of their home showed his skill to all. When looking at this house, one’s...