Fri 3 June 2022
Our 'Deciduous' piano recital last week in Urrbrae House was a great success. Elsabeth and I had a wonderful time sharing piano music that we both love, and people were very happy to hear it! Thank you to those who came along to support us, and to enjoy it.
And yes, for those wondering from the above photo, Elsabeth is pregnant. :) We hope that "Baby Lang" enjoyed the music as much as we and everyone else did!
I'm currently working on a particularly significant portrait piece for solo piano, which will be unveiled in a month or two. I've also been learning all about the Kaurna understanding of the seasons in the place where I live, as the first part of a large project I am working on with Bowerbird Collective. It's cold and wet here in Adelaide, and the river behind our house has been looking pretty full in the last few weeks! It's wonderful to get to live so close to it. Back in the spring of last year, I thought it would be a good spot for some new photos of myself and Elsabeth. Mary-Ellen Parkinson (Elsabeth's sister) came and did her thing while I noted down some random ideas in my composing notebook (yes, I was actually composing!).
Thu 21 April 2022
Elsabeth and I have decided that it's high time we played some piano duets together, so we've organised a small concert for next month, and we've been practicing Schubert's Fantasie in F minor. I've also arranged my composition Waffles for Breakfast for piano duet – as a composer who is usually relying on other musicians to interpret what I write, it is very rewarding to be able to play some things myself (and with my wife). In fact, I've been working on several pieces this year which I can play (if I practice enough!): look out for some more portrait pieces soon as well!
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