New Experiences

Music is an amazing thing. I love live music and I don’t get out to hear enough of it these days. But sometimes the opportunity almost literally knocks at your door and you’d be foolish not to answer.

Such was the case this past weekend. I live in a building full of artists, models, actors, other photographers and musicians. It’s a good group of people. One floor up from me is an organization called Music in the Loft. It’s basically a very generous couple who has decided to support young emerging classic musicians by turning their home into a residence for select artists to grow and perform their work.

They have a program of about ten performance weekends a year and on Saturday I saw an amazing string quartet called The Biava Quartet. They were total rock stars. First hey played the String Quartet No. 6 in F minor by Mendelssohn, a really aggressive moody piece, which sort of mirrored my mood that day, so it was pretty cool.

Then they played the world premiere of String Quartet No. 2: Demons and Angels by Stacy Garrop. Another very dark piece. It’s actually about a former boyfriend of hers who actually turned out to be a murderer. Pretty intense. She was there and it was really fascinating to be there to see that unveiled.

Out of pain… art.

The final piece was much more light. The String Quartet in G minor by Claude Debussy, one of my new recent favorite composers. Clair de Lune is one of my favorite pieces of music of all time. Crushingly beautiful. When I go, I want them to play that when they scatter my ashes somewhere amazing.

The Biava Quartet were amazing. They all played standing, with the exception of the celloist which I thought added to the emotion and intensity of the performance. Completely physical. Rock stars.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a stringed instrument that hasn’t been plugged into a stack of amplifiers. I’d forgotten how amazing it is to hear classical music straight from the instruments to my ears. Big sound coming from four people.

So yeah, it was great to meet them and as always, music helps me clear my head when it needs clearing. It was an emotional evening. Just perfect.

On Sunday I had dinner with an amazing woman and her younger sister who I met recently. She’s from Poland and it was great to finally really get to know her and have one of those great evenings full of conversation. It was so good in fact that I decided to walk them home nearly three and a half miles even though it was completely the opposite direction from where I was heading. But it was a beautiful night, and a full moon and we laughed and talked and walked through Lincoln Park and before we knew it, we had arrived at her place. It was a great night.

So yeah, new experiences are good. Always good to try new things and meet new people.

I’m in the process of updating the website with a new design. There are also plans in the works for a Billy Sheahan Photography 2007 calendar and perhaps some limited edition hardcover books, just in time for holiday gift giving. The marketing department of Billy Sheahan Photography is in full swing gearing up for lots of exciting things! Stay tuned.

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