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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920370
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Wow, the party looks wonderful. Jon what a beautiful space for your piano. And Apple, thanks for lightening the pics. It made a huge difference.

I've just gotta go to one of them thair pardies. smile


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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920371
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Hey, Jon and Rachel,

Sorry I could not make the critical-mass part of the party, but it was great fun anyway! Certainly some of the fun-loving people I knew were still around.

Your (and Rachel's) hospitality was awesome, as was your living space. I wish I had your good taste in furnishings.

The Boesendorfer is fabulous, and I only scratched the surface of exploriong it. A rematch is in order! laugh

I really enjoyed hearing Bernard, Jeffey and Bootsy play. You all did great, and it's such a pleasure to hear live playing. I wish I could have heard the rest of you.

Yes, maybe the next one can be at my place. A suggestion that was made by CJQ with, well, some measure of subtlety. :p But seriously, I'd like that. I must check with the rest of the family. I may need some help with refreshments too. Above all, I'd have to arrange it so that I can have a tuning just before. We'll all stay in touch about this.

Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920372
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What can I say that hasn't already been said?

I consider myself most fortunate to be part of PW and the piano parties.

The wonderful music that was played was unequaled... well, then again, that dip was very good.

Truly an inspirational home and piano.(my son wants to move in)

BTW, Ben says your home has good Feng - Shui thumb I hope he's not using that kind of language around school. laugh

jon and rachel- nyc, thank you very much for providing us with a special day.

Regards,

fingers


Playing piano at age 2, it was thought that I was some sort of idiot-savant. As it turns out, I'm just an idiot.
Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920373
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Thanks for the pics! Those of us that live out in "flyover country" enjoy seeing all of you New Yorkers.


RickG
Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920374
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BTW, Ben says your home has good Feng - Shui. I hope he's not using that kind of language around school.
That's funny.

Your son is on a road to making beautiful music; I'm impressed. How old is Ben, btw, if it's not too rude to ask?


"Hunger for growth will come to you in the form of a problem." -- unknown
Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920375
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Dear Jon and Rachel,

Thank you so much for hosting this party in your beautiful home. From the food and the booze to the company and the piano (not to mention the setting) -- what an excellent NYC event, attended by so many talented people, getting in line over and over for another turn at the Bosie. And such music was played and heard!

Anyway, just for those who weren't there -- I'd say that a friendlier, nicer, or more fearless group would be hard to imagine. So many terrific pianists, too, some mind-bogglingly fluent amateurs, some very powerful jazz guys, some serious pros, some adult beginners. Yet this was a place where anyone would feel comfortable attempting anything, with or without the assistance of several glasses of wine. In spite of all the talent, there was nothing intimidating about the gathering: good vibes for all, from all, which is truly a beautiful thing.

I heard: jon-nyc himself rock the house with Ravel; Grotriman likewise, with an inexhaustible repertory from memory, great technical fluency, and also some really interesting and exciting pieces (e.g. Poulenc Perpetual Movements); wonderfully expressive Scriabin from CJQ; marvellous Brahms (Intermezzi in E and A) from Bernard, as well as the Rachmaninoff g-minor Prelude -- everything Bernard plays joins my list of favorite pieces, and makes me wish that I played it; thrilling Chopin and Beethoven from Rachel the piano teacher / real concert pianist (an honor to turn her pages, and very exciting to watch her really dig in to the piano, leaving the bench repeatedly -- I absolutely LOVE that); scarily wonderful and truly huge playing from RealPlayer (buy his forthcoming CD of the Sahl everyone); great jazz playing from LJC and from Fingers, each of whom can make an epic from a lead sheet in his sleep; superb playing by Ben, Fingers' son, both improvised and Classical (highly idiomatic, and of course he has learned a lot from his Dad -- I'd hope that my own son might grow up to be like him); much advancement by Jeffrey, a fearless adult beginner, was also in evidence, playing plenty of Bach. I did somehow miss La Pianista's playing, while smoking on the roof with jon-nyc no doubt.

As at Grotriman's event, such a collection of kind, fun people came together to play for one another as to restore ones faith in humanity. Thanks so much to so many new friends (not sure who I may have left out), this really was a blast.

And thanks to all for not mentioning my wretched attempt at WTC I (Bb major), which I think I'll blame on jon's edition.

Thanks again to jon/rachel/everyone else,

Bootsy

Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920376
05/16/05 09:25 PM
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Bernard,

I'll relay your kind and encouraging words to Ben. He is 8 years new... errr, old.

He really did make the feng-shui comment.
I had better clean my clutter. eek

Thanks,

fingers


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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920377
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Originally posted by fingers:

BTW, Ben says your home has good Feng - Shui
He found feng-shui in my apartment? Thats funny, we cleaned the best we could before everyone came over. laugh

Regarding Ben, Rachel-the-miraculous loved him and his playing. She was dying to be his teacher - and was disappointed to hear you live so far from park slope! Rachel-nyc thought he was fantastic, she said he told her he wants to be a landscape architect when he grows up (who knew what a landscape architect was at 8 years old?!?)


If you don't talk to your children about equal temperment, who will?
Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920378
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Originally posted by Bootsy:
... with or without the assistance of several glasses of wine.
Funny story here... when people arrived, most everyone started with a soft drink not wanting to have wine or beer until after they played. Except Bootsy. He said, 'on the contrary, I won't play until I've had a drink.'

Glad you (and everyone) could make it! I'll host again after a few others have had a turn.


ps to bernard - sounds like I need to put the recipe for the wasabi dip on the recipe thread at WTF.


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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920379
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ps to bernard - sounds like I need to put the recipe for the wasabi dip on the recipe thread at WTF.
YES!! (please?)


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Originally posted by Grotriman:
I can only wonder what my piano would sound like with that much space to play it in.
No need to wonder. You pay for the crane, and I'll pop the window out. We can hear them side by side.

laugh laugh


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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920381
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Everybody,

Thanks for your wonderful accounts of the party. It sounds like it was a great time. How late did it go? When did it start?

Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920382
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What a stupendous place, jon! It makes your Bosie look like a Steinway M. I especially love the bright blue staircase arching up amid all those clean white lines.. Looks like the Guggenheim. Say - what a great place for a gallery. You need a whole bunch of Kandinskis on the walls and some Brancusi and Henri Moore lounging here and there...And a great galumphing puppy slobbering on everything would surely do wonders for even your Feng Shui!

Remind me never to offer to host a Piano party! My dear little house could fit right in your living room, second story and all...And as for our Feng Shui. It's more like Feng Fooey. Once I get all the storage I'm hoping to add this summer, should be better.

Well, if I get to one, I'll at least be sure to bring baklava to ingratiate myself. My specialty. It looks like a real blast. I like the apparent informality of the dress too. You all look more like Californians except for more brunettes. If Ms. Miraculous plays as good as she looks...Wow! If not, I don't know how jon and Chris could concentrate.
Congrats all, and thanks to jon and Rachel. I think you should make CD of every party, with a smattering of chitchat too.

Ariel

PS. Jeffrey, you don't look at all like the Samurai in your avatar! Somehow I felt let down :-).


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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920383
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Wish I could have been there.
Maybe someday.
What a beautiful piano and home Jon.
Very classy.
I am curious, I saw a staircase and heard about a skylight.
How can this be?

I think we are overdue for a So. California Piano Party.
I think Joy and Rick may be considering one for the summer.
Jet Blue has cheap tickets.
smile

Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920384
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Horace - it wasn't all that long, maybe 2-7 or so. Most people left around 6.

Ariel - rachel-nyc is shopping for art as we speak. She has a lot of her own stuff hanging upstairs including photogrpahs, paintings, and sketches (she has an MFA from the Museum school).

And Kenny:

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I am curious, I saw a staircase and heard about a skylight.
How can this be?
THis picture gives a clue. Note the big cutout between the first and second floor. Directly above that is a huge (maybe 9' x 12') skylight. It really makes the place. But note also there's a second set of stairs directly above the first - that one goes to a door that opens out onto the roof deck.


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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920385
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HOW BIG IS THAT PLACE?!?!?!

I am jealous beyond belief.

Tom

Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920386
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When Realplayer's Sahl CD comes out we should do what we can to give it some word of mouth. I heard it on the Bosie: a really amazing piece. It really brought out the range and tone of the piano, too. (Or maybe that was Realplayer, or the combination.) Anyway, I look forward to the CD.

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Tom - I imagine your house is bigger.

This apartment is about 2100 sq ft, which is nothing in the burbs, but a decent size in the city.

The downstairs is essentially a open loft about 25' x 40' and the upstairs is chopped up into bedrooms plus the gallery space.

And its not like you weren't expressly invited!


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Re: NYC May 15th Party - Pictures #920388
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kenny, everyone not in NYC: my understanding is that everyone gets to be an honorary New Yorker for any upcoming party. NY is not that far away by discount airline. Look forward to seeing you!

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When Realplayer's Sahl CD comes out we should do what we can to give it some word of mouth.
You bet! All we have to do is post the short segment he played here as a teaser(with permission of course) and I'm sure most PWites will get the CD.


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