Kirk Mechem Recording, Geoff @ Carnegie, Vienna @ Bitter End

Two evenings ago, I played in a recording session at Stanford's Memorial Church. Stephen Sano conducted the Stanford Chamber Choral, accompanied by a small pick-up band; we recorded a short Christmas piece by composer Kirk Mechem. It's always fun to play in the church, and walking through the old quad always conjures up a good amount of nostalgia. Before the show, I hung out with Heidi Hau and Adam Tow at the Peninsula Creamery, where I ate a bacon burger -- a reaction to having a month of Indonesian food, no doubt. Heidi is busy preparing for this year's Van Cliburn competition (a frightening prospect!), so we're all going to wish her luck and then leave her alone to practice for the next month. ;)

Heidi Hau and me at the Peninsula Creamery, Palo Alto
heidi hau and me, at peninsula creamery (photo: adam tow)

New York has been fun so far. I got in late last night and cabbed it over to Tony's place in Jackson Heights before wandering over to the Upper West, where Geoff and Livia were hosting a little party. It was great to see familiar faces: Claire, Julie, Todd, and others were there, enjoying home-cooked Korean food.

By the way, I'm here to see Geoff perform at Carnegie with Dawn Upshaw. I'm pretty excited to see the show. :) I'll also be at Vienna Teng's show on Sunday at the Bitter End.