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New Artwork: “Wabi Sabi”

I have recently been introduced to the Japanese art aesthetic, wabi sabi, and I’m in love with the idea!

Some thoughts on the idea include:

  • Celebrating imperfections as part of a beautiful universe that makes you, you
  • “If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.” (Andrew Juniper)
  • Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” (Richard Powell)

In celebration of this ideal, I’ve created some new merch I hope you enjoy! One listing is created for customizable apparel, and the other for everything else. 🙂

One more thing to look forward to… I’ve decided to take this idea and shape my newest string quartet sketches around it. Look for a new string quartet work to be revealed soon!

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Flora’s New Goodies

With the holiday season and it’s regular (maddening) influx of rehearsals and concerts well underway, I could feel my violin becoming finicky and restless with her previous strings; I knew I was ready for further experimentation….

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I had read some amazing reviews of the Corelli Alliance Vivace set of strings on several websites, so I thought I’d try them out this time around.

– A very fast and accurate response under bow action in pianissimi, fortissimi, spiccato, sautillé, staccato passages…
– Increased possibilities for nuances under the slightest bow pressure
– An easy emission in all the positions, which offers maximum comfort and reliability
– A perfectly defined elasticity and stiffness which generate depth, density of sound and give the feeling of volume
– A rich and clear sound in all the positions all the way up the fingerboard
– A perfect balance of sound throughout the instrument range, with an easy transition from string to string.
… – The alliance of exclusive High-tech materials : a composite multifilament core wrapped with a combination of sophisticated metal wires
… The warmth and focus of the best gut strings with the advantages of composite fibers:

– The texture, tone accuracy and more upper harmonics
– Great lifespan and string capacity to retain its sound qualities
– Insensitivity to humidity and variations in temperature
The string settles in very quickly and offers a perfect steadiness.
The sound of the Alliance Vivace is indisputably similar to gut strings.

I just put them on tonight and noodled around a bit… So far — I Love These Strings!!

Additionally, since I had Flora out tonight, I finally put on the Viotech Suregrip bow grip I had recently ordered from the UK. Previously, my thumb was being worn raw from the stress of my activities, so I thought a foam bow grip might be a comfortable solution. Not to mention, I hoped it might spare me from constant costly repair of the thumb leather. 🙂

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Again, now fully equipped, I noodled around on Flora for a bit, and I just feel light as a feather in my technique right now! Between the foam support on my bow and the highly responsive strings, I feel completely relaxed on my instrument!! Good things all around.

Now, when I head back to perform at Royce Hall tomorrow night with the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema(fabulous group, btw!!), I’ll feel eager to make my fingers tickle Flora’s strings!

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