Deep Core of ISON by Sergio Kaminsky
Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425
Avi Avital, mandolin
The 8th Osaka International Mandolin Festival & Competition
IT’S GREAT CAUSE I HAVE THE ACTUAL CHAT NOIR POSTER IN MY BATHROOM
My favorite Eeveelution and my favorite poster!
Aaron Westerberg, Introspect/Self-Portrait (2012)
"Native California Aaron Westerberg grew up in San Diego. It was a class in Traditional life drawing that drew him to continue his Art training. He studied with Jeff Watts and later attended the California Art Institute, where he taught and expanded his focus to include the works of nineteenth century American and European Masters. Aaron feels a connection to these great painters of form and light. In his paintings, he strives for elegance and timelessness while striking a balance between classic techniques and contemporary subject matter. Currently Aaron lives in Santa Clarita with his wife Jennifer and four children Stella, Lucy, Violet, and Sen Sei." - Artist’s Bio
Daniele Cestari, White Light (2012)
b. 1983, Ferrara, Italy
"Daniele is a native to Ferrara, Italy where he studied at the liceo scientifico and then went on to complete a degree in Architecture and Urban Environmental Planning. Cestari insists that one must understand his work, first and foremost, as that of ‘an architect who paints’. Having never undertaken any formal art training, Cestari renders onto the canvas his architectural passions – his fascination with the energy of the urban environment. His carefully crafted perspectives invite the viewer into the all-consuming momentum of the cityscape, alive with texture. " - Sloane Merrill Gallery
A fast reacting concertmaster: In the rehearsals for Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto in Suntory Hall, the orchestra played a trick on soloist and concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and played the first few bars of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto instead of the Prokofiev. But Daishin Kashimoto was not at all fazed and also started in with the Mendelssohn concerto - with a response time of just 2 bars! As you can see from the video, everyone enjoyed the joke - and it’s good to know that our concertmaster has such nerves of steel!
Reaktionsschneller Konzertmeister: Bei den Proben zu Prokofievs 1. Violinkonzert in der Suntory Hall wollte das Orchester dem Solisten und Konzertmeister Daishin Kashimoto einen Streich spielen und spielte statt Prokofjew die ersten Takte zu Mendelssohns Violinkonzert. Daishin Kashimoto ließ sich davon allerdings überhaupt nicht aus der Ruhe bringen und setzte – bei einer Reaktionszeit von nur 2 Takten! – ebenfalls mit dem Mendelssohn-Konzert ein. Wie man sieht, hatten alle ihren Spaß. Und wie gut zu wissen, dass wir einen solch nervenstarken Konzertmeister haben!
Barry Purves - Tchaikovsky in timelapse, the making
I still can’t believe I have met one of the great masters of puppetry and stop-motion. Here is a snippet of his most recent shorts Tchaikovsky.
It looks like a piano and it’s played like one too. But Leonardo da Vinci’s invention, the concept of which is preserved on paper records hundreds of years old, would sound like a violin.
For centuries, the instrument has not been heard — until now.
Polish concert pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki recently built the “viola organista” and debuted his interpretation of it at a piano festival in Krakow, Poland, last month.
Zubrzycki posted video of his concert last week [above]. A Q&A by Tygodnik Powszechny with Zubrzycki (translated via Google Translate) reported the pianist finding Vinci’s notes on the instrument dating to 1489.
Further research led Zubrzycki to learn about physical constructions of the instrument dating to the 1600s, but “none has survived to our times,” he said.
Zubrzycki took it upon himself to begin reconstructing the instrument in 2009.
But he wasn’t the only one. Akio Obuchi constructed and played his own viola organista in 2004. Zubrzycki said though that Obuchi’s several iterations of the instrument have flaws.
‘‘I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased,’’ Zubrzycki said of his reconstruction of the instrument, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Actually teared up…what a beautiful instrument. Those lower tones are absolutely marvelous.
(Shoutout to thosefourstrings for bringing this to my attention and honestly making my day.)
self-initiated project to re-design the layout of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, Fahrenheit 451.
407: In culo alla balena