Day 1: Eat, Drink, and be Merry

Officially, our 7-day marathon of rehearsals, recording, and musical worries starts tomorrow. The proverbial prep to the downbeat consisted of two principal tasks, neither of which are foreign to composers: cooking and schlepping.

It’s no secret that composers tend to be closet gourmet chefs. Our resident epicures Tonia and Dan entered the kitchen at 10AM to feed the Melos crew of composers and performers that evening. The epic, five-hour culinary escapade resulted in a feast of pepper salad, chicken salad, roasted eggplant, grilled veggies, and pasta primavera… but the composers still opted to sample the local cuisine for lunch.

In-N-Out Burger: New music is always better animal-style.

Meanwhile, Ryan, David and Jason were in charge of rounding up the zoo of percussion that will be featured on our program. As anyone who’s ever been a musician knows, moving percussion is a cruel, tedious task full of pulled muscles and raised blood pressure; luckily, we had a pro on our hands.

The percussion zoo: Dan pimps his ride by adding unwieldly mallet instruments.

Three hours of blood, sweat and tears later, the percussion was delivered to our home base for the week, a classroom at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, just up the street from the Community Music Center. With the arrival of Greg from Denver in the evening, the Melos crew was finally complete; we met a few of our fantastic performers in Mission Dolores Park to enjoy Dan and Tonia’s gastronomic creations.

The composers and Amy Foote, soprano, talking shop in Mission Dolores Park

Add a gorgeous, fog-addled sunset over the Mission District, and you get a pretty happy (albeit exhausted) group of musicians. We’re all excited to start putting these new pieces together, and the fun begins tomorrow morning on the SFCM campus. Check back here often; we’ll have daily updates with video, audio, and photos to give you a taste of what’s in store.

The composers and Amy: Get used to these smiling faces, you'll see them all week.


~ Melos Music

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