(by Joshua) I have to confess to have been very nervous to go into rehearsal with Kronos playing my music on Friday. They have been my heroes for decades, and to have them in the room at the service of my score was pretty overwhelming and humbling. But the nerves went away after about 5 minutes into the three hour rehearsal. Their generosity, laser focus, clarity, alertness and humility set me immediately to the task of realizing what I had set out to achieve with this piece of music. With Kronos, not a single second was wasted. Literally. David H's intensity made everything move forward so quickly, and the gentle and generous nature of John and Hank was extremely warming - as if they were holding out their hearts. There was nothing extra, just a full dedication to the music in the moment. Each of them lend such a clear vision and selfless communication to their work. John said to me at the after party, that at some point they realized that when we (the general we) find ourselves insisting on doing things a particular way - a down bow for example - most of the time, we are stuck to this idea because it is easiest for us. But that if we make a habit of trying things other peoples way - or the hard way - we discover much more and find even much better ways of doing things. So I come out of this magnificent experience inspired to bring this perspective of efficiency, generosity, focus and dedication to all of my rehearsals in the future. Thank you to everyone who came and worked on this project and to everyone who came to witness it.
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On Sunday we completed a video shoot for "Warrior" from our new work Predator's Songstress with filmmaker Ian Lucero at the gorgeous Triple Door in Seattle. This is the first cinema-like shoot of our work and it has really come out stunning! Can't wait to share this one. Finally a chance for Ian to really take artistic lead and produce a shoot the way he wants (without shooting over audience heads and around venue restrictions). A very exciting next step for us for sure.
We have been working at the Cornish College for the Arts' dance studio for the past month. This has given us the amazing luxury of time for working on our newest project. Its in that raw state. We sometimes don't really know what we are doing. Following a thread. Following the seeds that we believe in but don't quite understand. Yesterday we invited 20 mostly strangers into the studio with us to experiment on some ideas we have been throwing around. We had an amazing group of people who took a chance and dove into the work with us.