It’s been more than a half year since I posted the previous blog entry… I don’t know how I let the time get away like this. I still have much to say, and I still love to write when I have the time that I can somehow justify spending for blogging. One big reason I… Read More I’m still here!
Fairly recently, I had an opportunity to play the prelude from Bach’s cello suite VI on the violoncello da spalla to a small crowd in a modest suburban church. The pressure was almost non-existent; I’d played some cello duets there in the past and I was already familiar with this sanctuary. Not many classically trained… Read More Selfish self-deprecation
In March 2005, I organized a Bach ensemble and performed 4 cantatas in a concert in Tokyo. It was a group consists of the supportive and willing members of Bach Collegium Japan and my friends from Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts)— I can say it was an ideal ensemble in the realistic realm, or… Read More Gamut Bach Ensemble
My fixation on the cello playing stems from my fascination with basso continuo. It’s not that continuo part is extremely important in baroque music — of course it is — but what fascinates me most is how continuo playing can dictate the outcome of a whole performance. The leader of the continuo group is like… Read More The Compleat Violoncellist
(Originally posted on October 30, 2010) This is a dream instrument for any violinists and violists who want to play the cello. And this is the dream instrument for a guy like me who wants to do Bach cantatas that call for this instrument. It is, for me, a quite essential instrument! Sure, you can… Read More Violoncello piccolo da spalla
(Originally posted on October 3, 2010) I was in Japan during the most of September. It was nice to be back in Japan for a while— seeing familiar faces and having some Japanese goodies were priceless. But some would wonder (well, I did) why I wanted to go to Japan when not going to Japan… Read More September in Japan
(Originally posted on September 25, 2010) This past summer during the Marlboro Music Festival season, my buddy Miles and I went to a lake we had never fished before. We knew of this lake for a couple of years at least, but we had been too busy exploring Harriman Reservoir as our primary fishing water. … Read More Lake Sadawga