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Feb 11, 2014

Ontario Tour - February 6-8, 2014

Talia Harrison-Marcassa, Tour Manager

The Ontario Tour 2014 or Moving the Harpsichord Around Ontario – From the Perspective of a New Tour Manger

Dec 2, 2013

Hanyang University - South Korea, November 2013

Jeanne Lamon, Music Director

They may be too shy to say much, but their level of comprehension is very impressive indeed! This speaks to the universality of music and its expression. Where words may not convey subtleties, a quick demonstration of a bowstroke or of a musical gesture is worth a thousand words.

Nov 25, 2013

Nearing the end... - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 23, 2013

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

While we were waiting, we noticed an unusually large number of young women outside the arrivals door, and learned from Jiwon Choi, who met us, that there was some K-pop star on a flight arriving around the same time as ours. When he and his posse of security left the arrivals area, there was a huge shriek, cameras were flashing, and Brandon Chui (viola) got smacked by three different pursuers as they trailed this guy. Maybe when we get back to Toronto, Tafelmusik will get the same reception…

Nov 22, 2013

Beautiful "Contradictions" - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 22, 2014

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

We’re off to Korea this morning, and as we leave Japan, I feel a need to revisit one word I used in the second installment of this blog. I wrote of the “contradictions” that one experiences as a Westerner here. This trip, my fifth over almost 20 years, has given me an opportunity to see those “contradictory” experiences in a new light.

Nov 21, 2013

Welcome to Niigata! Japan/South Korea Tour, November 21, 2013

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

The colours of the changing leaves and the general juxtaposition of nature and agriculture was a nice change from the sometimes brutal urban landscape that is Tokyo. As the mountains fell away, we entered the rainy plains of Niigata Prefecture, the largest producer of rice in Japan.

Nov 20, 2013

A stroll through Tokyo - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 19, 2013

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

Yesterday was our day free of performing obligations, and people headed off to do all manner of things. Some people went swan-boating at Ueno Park. Several people ended up at the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa. There was an impromptu trip to the Toho Conservatory, which was about 3km from our hotel in Chofu. There were several separate excursions to the Tsukiji Fish Market. Judging by the purchases of my colleagues, Tafelmusik has single-handedly kept the knife-makers of Japan in business for another day.

Nov 19, 2013

Yokohama's fantastic fans - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 17, 2013

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

I have never seen a Japanese audience respond so immediately to a piece of music as the two houses have so far.

Nov 18, 2013

Concert Time - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 15/16, 2013

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

The amount of planning that has gone into any tour of this magnitude boggles the mind, and everything so far has gone very smoothly. A huge thank you to Masako-san and her team!

Nov 15, 2013

Lost in Translation - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 14, 2013

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

Wandering around in Japan until you find a place that looks interesting is one kind of adventure; locating a specific place, the precise location of which you do not know is another kind of adventure altogether.

Nov 14, 2013

Jet-lag relief gods - Japan/South Korea Tour, November 13, 2013

Patrick G. Jordan, viola

Experience remains a great teacher. Our 13+ hour flight yesterday seemed more like a breeze after travelling Toronto to Perth 18 months ago, a travel period that clocked in around 30 hours door to door.

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