Arts Letters & Numbers & Keyboards

I just got back from a productive and inspiring week with fellow pianists and composers, Melinda Faylor and Mary Prescott. We visited a residency upstate called Arts Letters & Numbers where we were graciously taken care of by Frida Foberg and Rikke Jørgenson. Rikke picked us up from the bus station and took us to the grocery store. In addition to Frida and Rikke, there was a lovely community of friends surrounding the residency: a ping-pong group that consistently meets once a week, and regular ALN folks Farmer Adam (moniker courtesy of mua) and John, who were great company, not to mention they generously gave us rides to the store and bus station.

Every day we hit the studio to work on a new multidisciplinary piece. Not going to say too much about that since it's very early in the process, but I will say that Mary and Melinda rock. Our work was intense, we were physically sore every day from all our moving around, and it was fun. We danced, sang rounds, played little pianos that were not of the grand variety. When we weren't working, we were either eating, practicing on the 9-foot Baldwin (however, after a couple of days I simply didn't feel like touching the piano), talking a walk, or relaxing. We all forgot to bring a nail clipper, so being the pianists we are, we were sad to leave but eager to get home to trim our nails. I'll remember to do so at our next intensive week, which I am already very much looking forward to. 

  Melinda, me, and Mary at the House on the Hill

Melinda, me, and Mary at the House on the Hill

  Love this vegetarian chili recipe I found on epicurious. Leftovers for days!

Love this vegetarian chili recipe I found on epicurious. Leftovers for days!

  Inside the Mill

Inside the Mill

 I wore this exact same outfit EVERY SINGLE DAY minus the additional sweatshirt around the waist

I wore this exact same outfit EVERY SINGLE DAY minus the additional sweatshirt around the waist

  I liked working on the large surface area of the kitchen island

I liked working on the large surface area of the kitchen island

  Can you remember who's who? The answers are above! :-P

Can you remember who's who? The answers are above! :-P

  Thumb piano; a Casio tone from the 80s we nicknamed "Gene," as in Gene Belcher; melodica; Melinda's accordion; and some cow bells that were hanging out at the mill

Thumb piano; a Casio tone from the 80s we nicknamed "Gene," as in Gene Belcher; melodica; Melinda's accordion; and some cow bells that were hanging out at the mill

  Ping-Pong set up

Ping-Pong set up

  Our new buddy, Gary, who brought some delicious posole

Our new buddy, Gary, who brought some delicious posole

  Outside the Mill. Can you tell we really loved the Mill?

Outside the Mill. Can you tell we really loved the Mill?

  Steps from the Hill to the Mill

Steps from the Hill to the Mill

  Mary called me "Kenny G"

Mary called me "Kenny G"

  Working on movement

Working on movement

  Working on the porch because the weather was beautiful

Working on the porch because the weather was beautiful

  Leaf imprint in the snow

Leaf imprint in the snow

  Mary was stoked for the moss on this leaf

Mary was stoked for the moss on this leaf

  We're starting a Go-go's cover band called S & M's.

We're starting a Go-go's cover band called S & M's.

  I wish I swung more on the swing

I wish I swung more on the swing

  Working

Working

  5 seconds later

5 seconds later

  View from the house

View from the house

  Sculpture in the house

Sculpture in the house

  Heading back

Heading back