Barcelona memories and photos

Almost a week back from Barcelona and still catching up with the repercussions – partly things kicked up by the Guitar Craft course, and partly the repercussions of being away for almost two weeks just before Christmas. I had two and a half days as a tourist in Barcelona, my second visit. The weather was … Read more

Ceilidhs, vids and Barcelona

This has been a busy couple of weeks, doing things I've never done before. First was giving a talk at a conference (the E-learning Network in London); getting the WaveForms soundtoy (previous post) up and running, which took up hours of two of my Flash-scient work colleagues when it wouldn't work, only to find it … Read more

Hold the space

Last night I took my turn to perform the compere role at the Listening Room. It was particularly noisy due to the happy celebration of a wedding. Whenever I have this role, the aspect I find most uncomfortable is the beginning of the evening, where you have to attempt to clear the back room of … Read more

Guitar Craft day 6

The group challenge over, I have a slight tension headache. Talking about applause and the need for approval, Fripp says he doesn’t look for approval or liking, just someone who’ll tell him honestly if a performance made it or sucked. At lunch, performed Flee As a Bird with Ben while Hernan mugged on the phone … Read more

Guitar Craft day 5

Most of the day is spent working towards the evening’s performance. Our trio (Trio el Reporter) ditches last night’s idea and brew up a short piece that’s about 80% improvised, which is Ben and Roberto’s preference. I play as little as possible but the little I do play seems to enhance the piece.

Discussions on stage management get quite fraught at times, but eventually a strategy emerges. It’s necessary because Guitar Craft audiences are notorious for sabotaging performances, in order to make the players ‘wake up’.

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