This residency has been going well, but I’ll be honest I was dead tired today. It’s about 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 C) outside and as I was telling my Scottish friend, David, the Jews have thrived in many climates throughout their history on this planet, but there have never been any “Jungle Jews.” We’re not cut out for this heat.
The AC wasn’t working in my hotel room the first night and though my Vietnamese is pretty bad, I was able to say to the owners, “Rất nóng. Em có nhiều lông.” Which means, “it’s very hot, I have a lot of body hair.”
They got the point and helped me out.
Last night we saw another absolutely unbelievable show by Lune Production called, “Teh Dar.” It’s based off the culture of the Tây Nguyên people of the Central Highlands in Vietnam. This show was action packed with mindbending acrobatics, amazing music, and stunts that take your breathe away. Palao I found to be more of an emotional show, it had less acrobatics, but more deep emotions behind I felt, but Teh Dar is seriously incredible and all I could say afterwards was, “Hay F$*#&#@ Qua!” Meaning, “So F$*#&#@ Beautiful!”
I also need to ask some of the Tây Nguyên people in the Seaphony where to buy their cool clothes. You might see me dressed up in some sharp attire pretty soon.
As for the Seaphony, we’ve been working in smaller groups to try to come up with ideas. Again it’s been very tough because there aren’t a lot of places to break up and go to. Yesterday, was really cool though because we combined a Scottish and Tây Nguyên tune together that sounded very similar. It came out quite lovely and I’m looking forward to trying to expand upon that song.
Most of the time I’m doing more bass line kind of figures because there are very few instruments in the Seaphony with a low register. I don’t really mind that though, the low tones on the cello are my favorite and usually blend really nicely with all of the other instruments sitting on top sonically.
I did have to bust out my earplugs today though. I’m sorry, I just can’t stand to be next to drums that are blasting my ear drums to smithereens. That being said, I think the drums are necessary aspect because a lot of the stuff we have been working on has been more free floating and rhythmless. That is cool, but there needs to be rhythmic sections in order to have contrast and interest in the piece.
I'll just wear my earplugs.