Philly Day 1: It Begins!

Concert week – that emotional rollercoaster leading us into Friday’s recital – has officially begun! The out-of-town composers are heading into Philadelphia as fast as they can, but fortunately Melos already has boots on the ground. Dan, Ryan and David have been directing traffic, tying up loose ends, and – most importantly – leading rehearsals of the music with our friends at ensemble39.

A lot of our concert prep has stayed constant from our smashing San Francisco debut in 2011, but we are doing just a few things differently this year. For example, Philly marks the first time in Melos history that the concert will feature live technology! While there’s no live electronics processing or manipulation involved, Jason’s Asymptotic Flux features an amplification setup designed to make the quartet sound much, much larger. Check out just a taste of the hardware at play:

A look at the quartet, all wired up

A look at the quartet, all wired up

The amplification console for Asymptotic Flux

The amplification console for Asymptotic Flux

Jason, drunk with the power of electronic assistance

Jason, drunk with the power of electronic assistance

Some things never change, though. While we’re conducting rehearsals this year at the Curtis Institute of Music and not the San Francisco Conservatory, the luxury accommodations are about the same.

David rehearsing his Trio in a Curtis rehearsal room

David rehearsing his Trio in a Curtis rehearsal room

Naturally, our guest performers this year are just as incredible as ever.

Stas Chernyshev, clarinet

Stas Chernyshev, clarinet

Jessica Chang, viola

Jessica Chang, viola

…and of course, the exhaustion is just as overwhelming as last year.

David, it's not even Day 2 yet.

David, it’s not even Day 2 yet.

We’ll be keeping you updated all week with audio samples, photos, and stories from the city of Brotherly Love, all leading up to our 2012 3rd Annual Recital this Friday, December 7, at the Ethical Society. If you’re near Philadelphia, we hope to see you there; if you’re at large, check back here often – we’ll do our best to make you feel like you’re right here with us!

3rd Annual Recital… here we go!

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