Monsters Of Melodica are – as you would expect – a band of melodica players. They’re based in Los Angeles, California. They invite melodica players from around the world to jam with them. This is World Session IV, Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man. Their special guest Melodica player is Latin Jazz/Salsa Artist Kiki Sanchez. I made … Continue reading Monsters of Melodica World Session IV – Watermelon Man
I ordered a Suzuki melodica trumpet mouthpiece and it arrived yesterday. I didn’t like the original mouthpiece because I have to put it inside my mouth and sometimes it hits my teeth. I actually like to play with no mouthpiece, but am not sure if it’s an efficient use of breath. This mouthpiece feels great! … Continue reading Baby’s got a new mouthpiece
My melodicas (Yamaha M-32C and Suzuki pro-37) are getting a bath! The guys at Melodica World encourage cleaning them out to prevent mould and fungus growth, which could lead to lung infections. It’s an excellent site for melodica enthusiasts 😊. I’ve had the Yamaha for 12 years and the Suzuki for 10. Haven’t looked at … Continue reading Bath time for melodicas
The Beaudesert People’s Orchestra is ready! The Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley said this is the biggest event they have ever hosted, in conjunction with the Scenic Rim Regional Council. It’s a free, all-day family event. Entertainment and events start from 10am, wrapping up with Fire On Water and fireworks, in beautiful Kooralbyn! Come! Jeanne and … Continue reading Fire On Water Finale, April 14 2018 Ramada resort Kooralbyn Valley
It’s been a week since the 85-piece orchestra, that my Melodica and I were so lucky to be part of, performed in Under This Sky (UTS) on Aug 1 and 2 2015, out on the playing fields of Logan Brothers Rugby League Club.
BRRR! Under This Sky (UTS) tech rehearsals into the cold night! The lights are blue, like our hands. Steve Francis plays a haunting bass clarinet solo in one of the early scenes in the show.
So we had our first on-site orchestra rehearsal, on raised scaffolding with a backdrop of purple up-lit trees! Our orchestra pit (can it be a pit when it’s raised?) is in a massive field, with front-of-house on a smaller platform.
I have festivals passes labelled MEDIA but this is the first which says ARTIST. Yay!
There is an overwhelming sense of community being part of this production. Under This Sky pulls people together for orchestra, choir, dance and drama. Everyone in it is from Logan, this thing is happening in my neighbourhood!
In this week’s orchestra rehearsal for the Queensland Music Festival “Under This Sky” event we were joined by music heavyweights.
It’s the second rehearsal of the Logan Orchestra, which performs Aug 1-2 as part of this year’s Queensland Music Festival (QMF).
Look at that! Scores for my beautiful melodica to play in a Queensland Music Festival orchestra in Logan! The pdfs arrived in my inbox a day before the first rehearsal.