3 shows, 3 cities, 7 days, 934 miles!

Chicago -> Rochester -> Brooklyn

Chicago -> Rochester -> Brooklyn

Since we don't live in the same state or time zone, every concert is essentially a concert on tour. This time, we met in Chicago for a mini-tour.

Nov. 29 & 30 - Met each other in Chicago for a couple days of intense rehearsals.

Got to hang out a little bit with Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion.

Got to hang out a little bit with Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion.

Dec. 1 - Performed with clarinetist Cory Tiffin of the Anaphora Ensemble for the third annual "Sounds of Chicago" concert at the Green Mill.

The program included premieres of:

  • Stitch by Jenna Lyle
  • Nocturne by Carolyn O'Brien
  • Limb by Drew Baker

(We got a nice review for this show from Chicago Classical Review! - "...the varied styles served as a worthy showcase for the versatility of flutist Meerenai Shim and percussionist Christopher Jones.")

Right after the concert we drove to Rochester so that Chris can get some sleep before his class at the Eastman School of Music. During the drive from Chicago to Rochester:

Dec 2 & 3 & 4 - More intense rehearsals in between Chris' coursework and teaching commitments. Lots of technology angst while trying to make a MAX patch work with the hardware we already have. A trip to Guitar Center for a hardware solution to our MAX patch problems.

Rehearsal set up for Matthew Joseph Payne's Echoloquacious.

Rehearsal set up for Matthew Joseph Payne's Echoloquacious.

Dec 5 - Rehearsals and then our official EP release show at Eastman.

The program:

  • Echoloquacious by Matthew Joseph Payne
  • metalStaind by Adam Cuthbert
  • Isla by Ian Dicke
  • Things We Dream About by Ivan Trevino
Chris was excited to be able to use one of Steve Gadd's drum kits for this concert at Eastman. (This is just half of our gear in the photo!)

Chris was excited to be able to use one of Steve Gadd's drum kits for this concert at Eastman. (This is just half of our gear in the photo!)

Dec 6 - Drove from Rochester to Brooklyn. First order of business when we got into town was getting some vegan pizza by the slice at Vinnie's.

Dec 7 - Slept in! Another trip to Guitar Center for drum hardware.

Averted minor disaster twice: First, realized that we left a score in Rochester (oops!) and sent a print/bind order to a local FedEx Kinkos. Then, got to Kinko's 9 minutes after it closed and almost didn't get the score...THANK YOU to the Kinko's employee who gave us a break by letting us pick up our order after closing!! 

Loaded in and performed at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music as part of the "Brooklyn's Own" series curated by Daniel Felsenfeld!

Our program:

  • Isla by Ian Dicke
  • Nocturne by Carolyn O'Brien
  • Things We Dream About by Ivan Trevino
  • metalStaind by Adam Cuthbert
  • Limb by Drew Baker
  • Echoloquacious by Matthew Joseph Payne
Performing Carolyn O'Brien's Nocturne for contrabass flute and djembe at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. (Photo by Jennifer Justice)  

Performing Carolyn O'Brien's Nocturne for contrabass flute and djembe at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. (Photo by Jennifer Justice)
 

Thanks to everyone who came to our concerts. We look forward to more adventures in March 2014!