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#1036713 - 09/22/08 10:13 PM Einaudi Concert
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Just announced: Ludivico Einaudi concert.
Scroll down to November 20.
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#1036714 - 09/22/08 10:19 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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That is November 20 at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco.
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#1036715 - 09/22/08 10:40 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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WOOT!!!! Thanks, BDB!! First thing tomorrow I start scouting out tickets. Well, maybe the FIRST thing is to start softening hubby up for taking care of the kids while I go... \:D
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#1036716 - 09/22/08 10:49 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Fabulous! I'm there. Thanks! \:\)
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#1036717 - 09/22/08 10:54 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Monica, let's just be honest with each other and admit that this could be the secret rendezvous we've been dreaming about :2hearts: .

It's time to come clean!. Just you and me, dinner, Einadi concert and, well you get the picture ;\) :3hearts: !

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#1036718 - 09/23/08 01:17 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Good luck to anyone planning to attend. I'll have to wait it out for something a bit closer to my neck of the woods (which will be without leaves and likely dusted with snow a few times by Nov 20.)
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#1036719 - 09/23/08 08:57 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Let's just say I'm running into a little resistance on the home front, when I asked my hubby if it was okay for me to fly to SF for a couple of days to attend a concert at someplace called the Bimbo Club[/b] with a mr_super-hunky[/b]. \:D

Actually, the problem is that hubby has a major coin show he has to attend those same dates. So I need to find somebody (a) I trust, who (b) is willing and able to stay with the children for two days.

I'm going to go ahead and order a ticket for the concert now, though, just so I don't get shut out. Worst case scenario is that I can't go and end up wasting the fifty bucks.
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#1036720 - 09/23/08 09:04 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Okay, I'm now the proud owner of a ticket to the Einaudi show!!

It's general admission, so if I'm going to all the trouble of flying out from Lexington, Kentucky, I'm gonna be in line five hours before the doors open to get a good seat.
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#1036721 - 09/23/08 10:07 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hooray, Monica!

Will this make you an official Einaudi "Bimbo"?...very Einaudi of you.

I'm sure your hubby remembers the Madonna arrangement. :p

I'll be happy to serve as a chaperone for you and the Hunkster, if you believe it necessary. \:D

Enjoy your trip, the concert, and your shoeless bare feet once "settled in". :rolleyes:
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#1036722 - 09/23/08 11:06 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Lisztener:

I'll be happy to serve as a chaperone for you and the Hunkster, if you believe it necessary. \:D
[/b]
I don't, but the hubby might. \:D

Seriously, if anybody from the forum is going to be there, we should arrange to get together and grab lunch or something before getting in line for good seats. I haven't made my flight reservations yet but I'll probably arrange to arrive the day before just to allow for Delta to screw up the way it always does. :rolleyes:
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#1036723 - 09/23/08 11:14 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Will this make you an official Einaudi "Bimbo"?...very Einaudi of you.
If it does, Mr. Super-Hunky may be disappointed. "Bimbo" means "little boy." Of course, it is San Francisco.

Mr. Bimbo was still alive when I first went there, although his son-in-law ran it then. Now his grandsons run it.

It is one of the most elegant night clubs in San Francisco.
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#1036724 - 09/23/08 11:34 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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BDB,[/b]

No offense intended as this banter is all in fun, but you may wish to check-out Dictionary.com definitions of "Bimbo"... especially No. 3.

I know that your observation about the elegance of Bimbo's 365 club is correct.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bimbo

Have a great day, \:D

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#1036725 - 09/23/08 11:40 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Look it up in Italian!
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#1036726 - 09/23/08 11:41 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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BDB, have you been to concerts there? Do people sit in rows of seats or is it more of a table/chairs setup? Are people quiet during the performances or do people talk and eat throughout the show?
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#1036727 - 09/23/08 11:58 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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It is tables and chairs. How quiet the show is depends on the show and the audience. There are drinks, but no food.

You probably will not have to get there really early.

Parking can be difficult. You may want to take the Muni. The 30 bus and the Powell-Mason St. cable car stop within a block. The 9X, 47 bus, F streetcar, and Powell-Hyde cable car are a bit farther away. (There are others, but I am restricting myself to lines that run at night.) The two cable car lines start at the same place, so if you want the Mason line, check the signs, as tourists often just take the first car to come along. Cable cars are $5 each way, everything else is $1.50.
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#1036728 - 09/23/08 02:46 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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BDB, I can't get your concert link to come up .

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#1036729 - 09/23/08 03:16 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Try this link, s-h:

Einaudi concert tix

This is the page specific to the Einaudi show.
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#1036730 - 09/23/08 06:53 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Fortunately he's in London too.

I'm seeing him on October 1st!



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#1036731 - 09/23/08 08:39 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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BDB, I can't get your concert link to come up .
Works fine for me. Actually, I thought you would know about it. With a name like Super-hunky, I would suspect you would be there October 3 or 4. \:\)
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#1036732 - 09/23/08 11:54 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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BDB, for some reason I still cannot get your link to work as it just comes up "network error".

I have a pathetically slow wild blue (they suck) satelite internet connection which is broadband so maybe the problem is with my provider.

Monica, thanks for providing the link as that comes up fine. Now I've got to try and see if I can make it for the show but I'll have to bring my wife as she does'nt trust me alone; especially if she knows Monica will be there \:D !

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#1036733 - 09/24/08 02:45 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Guess now it's my turn to be jealous of you all!!

America is out the question, and I don't live in England anymore, so journeying to London is a bit much.

Ludovico, if you are reading this, scrap these other concerts and come back to Scotland instead ;\)

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#1036734 - 09/25/08 10:21 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Okay, so I debated this for a couple of days and asked if it was worth many hundreds of dollars to indulge a mini-midlife crisis, and I finally convinced myself that the year I am on sabbatical and not teaching might be my best--perhaps only?--chance to go see Einaudi play, so I just bought (nonrefundable) plane tickets for SF. I am REALLY going to hear Enaudi play LIVE!!

I'm going to bring along my Einaudi sheet music books too in the hopes I can get an autograph like Euan did. \:\)
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#1036735 - 09/25/08 11:57 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Monica that is SOOO cool for you . You'll be representin girl! haha \:D .

I know cameras are not allowed but maybe we can rig one up on you anyway. Maybe a lapel pin cam or something. Then you can sell the bootleg tapes, make millions and buy everyone nice new grands \:\) .

Please do it.

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#1036736 - 09/26/08 12:20 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Oh Wow! Some PW members coming to the Bay Area-an opportunity to meet other members! Any Bay Area residents willing to host a piano party? My better piano is out in the shop(regulation work) and my Kimball is certainly not party worthy...Any takers?

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#1036737 - 09/26/08 09:55 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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In a similar vein, are there any piano stores that sell Steingraebers or Faziolis in SF? Those are two brands I've never tried but am very eager to do so. I'll have free time Thurs. during the day to window shop and/or meet up with anybody.
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#1036738 - 09/26/08 04:31 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Steingraeber, Sauter, and Fazioli concert grands are right across the bridge from SF. Piedmont Pianos carry the Faz and the R.Kassman's in Berkeley carries the other two.

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#1036739 - 09/26/08 04:57 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Steingraeber's, Fazioli's, ABF Meetings, Einaudi concert....

We want pictures!

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#1036740 - 09/26/08 05:07 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Could I get a count of how many are planning on attending the show? I might be able to arrange something. No promises, though.
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#1036741 - 09/26/08 10:57 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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You know, this got me thinking. If Einaudi is willing to perform at a smaller club (as compared to a large capacity venue) for $50.00, could'nt we all just literally hire him to perform for us at a mutually agreeable time/place/location?.

If you think about it, it would be a win/win situation. Einaudi has an opportunity to possibly make more money (by having more attendies) as well as perform for his target audience (people who will buy his albums, sheet music) and all of us who are willing, can go see him perform live in concert.

Who wants to broker this deal?

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#1036742 - 09/26/08 11:59 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Bimbo's has a capacity of about 700.
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#1036743 - 09/27/08 12:42 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hi


I have one Ludovico Einaudi ticket for sale which is about to go on ebay (12pm BST).

This is his only UK performance: Wed 1st Oct 7.30pm

This is Row A - Right in the centre of the Circle

Anyone interested: pls call Mark 07798 671 665

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#1036744 - 09/27/08 02:08 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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quote:
Originally posted by Monica K.:
Okay, so I debated this for a couple of days and asked if it was worth many hundreds of dollars to indulge a mini-midlife crisis, and I finally convinced myself that the year I am on sabbatical and not teaching might be my best--perhaps only?--chance to go see Einaudi play, so I just bought (nonrefundable) plane tickets for SF. I am REALLY going to hear Enaudi play LIVE!!

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#1036745 - 09/27/08 09:18 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by BDB:
Could I get a count of how many are planning on attending the show? I might be able to arrange something. No promises, though. [/b]
[Waves hand] Me!

However, I'm not arriving until late Wed. (and would probably be too tired from the travel to do much, if anything), and departing VERRRRYYY early Friday morning, so I won't really have time for parties. \:\( I'd be more than happy to meet for up lunch on Thursday with anybody who's around, and I also would like to scout around and try some Steingraebers.

BDB, I have a burning female-type question I hope you can answer. How dressy are these concerts? What do women there normally wear? thanks!

700, huh? I think I *will* get in line early. I'll be happy to serve as the designated queue person to nab a good table location for PW folks.
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#1036746 - 09/27/08 09:52 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I wish all of you who are going to the concert...great fun!

But, you must realize that you now will fall into the same category in which a poster put me. Namely, that of "blind groupie." Of course, this was in reference to my deep and abiding love for Chopin and his music. It's rather cool to be called a "groupie" at the age of 69. \:D

Just last spring, I was this close to buying a ticket to San Diego for a performance by Hershey Felder. He was premiering his one-man show about Beethoven. However, I talked myself out of it because I can be such a stupid conservative at times. And now...I could kick myself in every place my foot will reach. There are times in our lives when we just have to do what our heart bids us to.

Therefore, I am so happy for all of you. Enjoy your adventure to the fullest, and I can promise that you will never regret it.

My best,
Kathleen
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#1036747 - 09/27/08 01:47 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by BDB:
Bimbo's has a capacity of about 700. [/b]
, I had no idea!. That's a lot of tickets to sell for a special interest type of audience.

I just had this image of a small, intimate setting kind of like a piano bar or a lounge. Still, I'm sure most of the seats are good ones but I would'nt show up late just in case.

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#1036748 - 09/27/08 02:32 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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BDB, I have a burning female-type question I hope you can answer. How dressy are these concerts? What do women there normally wear? thanks!
It is San Francisco. Dress eclectically. Do not feel that you have to get tattoos or piercings especially for the occasion.

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700, huh? I think I *will* get in line early. I'll be happy to serve as the designated queue person to nab a good table location for PW folks.
I doubt there will be that many people that evening. That makes it very crowded, like when the dance floor is so tight you can barely move, and people trade off the chairs. I have been there when it is like that, but I suspect that the tickets will be limited to less than that.
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#1036749 - 09/29/08 01:32 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Ludovico's main site has been updated with two other dates besides the San Francisco concert.

+ 18/11/2008 - LOS ANGELES
+ 20/11/2008 - SAN FRANCISCO
+ 25/11/2008 - NEW YORK

I could not find ticket info for the other venues at this time.

Still nothing for the middle part of the country. Maybe Ludovico likes to stay near oceans or something. \:\)
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#1036750 - 09/29/08 02:21 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Oh man. NY would probably be cheaper for me to get to, but it's too late now--I already booked the airfare.

Not to mention the 25th is pretty close to Thanksgiving. My hubby is a tolerant man, but he probably wouldn't take it too well if I told him I couldn't prepare Thanksgiving dinner because I wanted to go to an Einaudi concert.... \:D
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#1036751 - 09/30/08 01:37 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica K.:
 Quote:
Originally posted by BDB:
Could I get a count of how many are planning on attending the show? I might be able to arrange something. No promises, though. [/b]
[Waves hand] Me!

However, I'm not arriving until late Wed. (and would probably be too tired from the travel to do much, if anything), and departing VERRRRYYY early Friday morning, so I won't really have time for parties. \:\( I'd be more than happy to meet for up lunch on Thursday with anybody who's around, and I also would like to scout around and try some Steingraebers.

BDB, I have a burning female-type question I hope you can answer. How dressy are these concerts? What do women there normally wear? thanks!

700, huh? I think I *will* get in line early. I'll be happy to serve as the designated queue person to nab a good table location for PW folks. [/b]
Hi Monica,

It's wonderful that you will be able to visit the bay area to attend one of the live performances of one of your favorite idol. While I don't live in San Francisco, I welcome this wonderful opportunity to meet you and some of our other PW forum members, and would've loved to play host with you for a day but I have to work on that day, at least until early afternoon if all goes well.

I'm not even sure what time I'll be heading up but with commute traffic, and all, GRRRR... I certainly would appreciate some reserved seatings. Thanks for offering to be our designated queue person, but hopefully it won't be sold out.

I hope you'll enjoy your visit no matter how brief.

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#1036752 - 10/01/08 09:44 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Gosh...too bad I don't have any vacation time left, otherwise this would be a trip I would not want to have pass.

Monica, I hope you have fun when you go. Do tell all after the concert.
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#1036753 - 10/02/08 01:54 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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That's really too bad, I wish both of you ladies, Loveschopintoomuch and Kawaigirl1, could attend as well. The more the merrier. \:\)
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#1036754 - 10/05/08 06:05 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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One thing I should add: Einaudi has an interesting way of finishing songs.

Sometimes he will bow his head and remain silent for a long pause. Then he will relax, have another moment of contemplation, and then start the next piece (no applause)

Other times, he has the moment of silence at the end of the piece, then he will get up and allow the audience to applaud.

I'm sure he wouldn't mind being applauded after every piece, but certainly at the concert I was at he had control over the audience!

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#1036755 - 10/06/08 11:58 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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It's going to be hard for me to refrain from applauding after every piece! I wonder why he does that... or if it's even intentional and/or he's sitting there thinking "why is nobody clapping?" \:D

BDB, I am probably wearing your patience thin with all these questions, but I'm hoping you'll indulge me with one more: How far is the Bimbo from the airport? I'm going to priceline a hotel room, and I'm wondering whether I should try to stay close to the airport (my return flight is at the ungodly hour of 7:00 am) or the club. I'd probably prefer the latter, unless it would be a gruesome commute in the morning.

Kawaigirl, I have way too much integrity to suggest faking an illness in order to attend this concert, but it sure would be nice if you came down with some short-acting, noncommunicable disease on the 20th. Just sayin'.
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#1036756 - 10/06/08 02:19 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Monica K.:
It's going to be hard for me to refrain from applauding after every piece! I wonder why he does that... or if it's even intentional and/or he's sitting there thinking "why is nobody clapping?" \:D
[/b]
Lol, it's definately intentional - he knows exactly what he is doing! My guess is that it is to create a mood of peace, by not having the applause every 5 minutes or so.

I just read a review of a recent concert on the official Einaudi board. Seems he did lots of medleys of pieces stitched together. In fact the reviewer was struggling to identify each piece before he was moving onto another!

Wonder if he will continue this idea into the USA, or will he play a straight-up concert of his most well-known pieces? I hope it's the latter \:\)

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#1036757 - 10/06/08 04:55 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
One thing I should add: Einaudi has an interesting way of finishing songs.

Sometimes he will bow his head and remain silent for a long pause. Then he will relax, have another moment of contemplation, and then start the next piece (no applause)

Other times, he has the moment of silence at the end of the piece, then he will get up and allow the audience to applaud.

I'm sure he wouldn't mind being applauded after every piece, but certainly at the concert I was at he had control over the audience! [/b]
Thanks Euan for the heads-up in regards to his performance styles and preferences. We certainly wouldn't want to disturb the master's performance or concentrations in any way. \:\)
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#1036758 - 10/06/08 05:44 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Okay, here is a working example of what I'm talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vbE-7kjT6M

at 3min 46 or so, he finishes Nefeli and pauses. At this point, the natural reaction is to clap, but he isn't looking for applause as he leads into the next piece from the silence.

It's difficult to explain without seeing him, but you *know* when he wants the applause and when to stay quiet!

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#1036759 - 10/06/08 07:32 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Two new concerts now on the US trip still West and East coast locations:

+ 18/11/2008 - LOS ANGELES
+ 20/11/2008 - SAN FRANCISCO
+ 22/11/2008 - BOSTON
+ 23/11/2008 - BOSTON
+ 25/11/2008 - NEW YORK

The two new shows are the Boston shows on November 22 and 23
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#1036760 - 10/06/08 08:28 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Nice example Euan.

I hope you'll be able to make it to one of his show sometime soon Anthony. \:\)
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#1036761 - 10/07/08 03:37 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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So I was googling the Club Bimbo to see what else I could find about it (I'm still worrying over the eternal female question of What To Wear), and I came across this one review:

"If you want to actually see the artist, don't get a table on the floor because it's standing room only, in front of the best tables. Either sit at a higher table in the back or stand in the crowd."

hmmm... maybe it won't be so crowded and nobody will be standing? Or maybe I'll have to bring an umbrella with me and fight my way through the crowd if anybody tries to block my view. :p
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#1036762 - 10/07/08 04:02 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I do not think that this will be a standing room show. You should be able to see him from anywhere in the room. The normal configuration of the stage puts the piano pretty high up.

I guess I did not answer questions about the airport and where to stay. You have your choice of airports, San Francisco or Oakland. They are both about equally as far from Bimbo's. If you do not want to rent a car, you can stay at one of the hotels/motels near Fisherman's Wharf, which is within easy walking distance from the club. There are shuttle services that can get you to and from the airport, and they know how long it takes. You can reserve your seat in a shuttle on-line. If you rent a car, there should not be too much traffic when you will have to leave, and you would mostly be going against the commute.

This would probably make it a much nicer trip than staying at the airport. You could do a bay cruise, walk to Coit Tower, take a tour of the city, do all that touristy stuff.

So check Mapquest or Google Maps, decide on things you would like to do, and make your choices.
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#1036763 - 10/21/08 05:04 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I guess I'll dig up the thread to mention that I purchased a ticket to the San Francisco show and purchased hotel and airfare. Airline prices were similar to what I could have gone to Boston for but I've never been to San Francisco and the weather will no doubt be nicer than Boston that time of year. \:\)
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#1036764 - 10/21/08 05:42 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Yeah! That's fabulous Anthony. Glad you can make it. Yes, of course I look forward to meeting you and the others. Hopefully we'll be able to regconize each other.

Key Notes \:\)
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#1036765 - 10/22/08 08:46 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Well, I'll be the one at the front of the line wearing the "Einaudi I want your baby!" t-shirt. :p (Er, just kidding, I hope it's obvious.) Hmmm.... maybe I'll tape a card with the letters "PW" discretely on my purse. And I'll be carrying my Einaudi sheet music book. Euan got his autographed so I'm hoping there will be a similar session here.
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#1036766 - 10/23/08 02:00 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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The radio station that is sponsoring this show is now announcing it on air. But you heard it here first!
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#1036767 - 10/23/08 02:19 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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"Well, I'll be the one at the front of the line wearing the "Einaudi I want your baby!" t-shirt."

\:D

BDB, We certainly did. Thanks again! Will you be attending?
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#1036768 - 10/23/08 02:29 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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BDB: Yeah, I suppose they would likely begin announcing it. I think that was the only one I saw that mentioned it was being "sponsored" by a station, but I wonder if they are limiting themselves to stops where at least one local station will play his music.

I feel a bit conflicted that while I want Ludovico to sell a lot of tickets I would also like to see him in a concert without loads of people to get in the way. But, that's the way it goes I guess.

You should try to come if you can BDB. Of course, I don't think we can afford to have too many more people in the group because if we're all at a table then nobody is going to want to face away from the stage. \:\)
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#1036769 - 10/23/08 02:49 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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"I don't think we can afford to have too many more people in the group because if we're all at a table then nobody is going to want to face away from the stage."

Perhaps without visual distractions, we may better listen and absorb the nuances of sounds(?) I'll volunteer to face away, with hopes that I won't be distracted by all of the other faces. \:D
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#1036770 - 10/23/08 09:03 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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It may also be the case that people in the area planning on attending the concert may wish to attend with significant others or loved ones, *not* random strangers from the internet, especially random strangers who might be prone to throwing their bras up on the stage. :p And that's perfectly understandable.

Tell you what: I'm going to be at the concert, and I will be in line early (maybe not HOURS early, but I will plan to get there promptly when or slightly before the doors open, which I think is 6 or 6:30) to get a good location. (Where "good location" = a table with a good view of the keyboard, as my middle-aged knees won't take standing up the whole evening) Anybody who would like like to join me should send me a PM so I know how big a table, or table(s), to stake out.

I pricelined my hotel room, have my plane tickets, got the babysitter lined up, so midlife indulgence adventure is all set.
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#1036771 - 10/23/08 12:21 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I can guarantee that I won't have a bra to toss up on stage. Well, unless I can convince some other audience member to give me one. (I was going to include some mention of the proper gender but then I did realize that this is San Francisco we're talking about.)

They do server drinks but somehow I still don't think it will happen. \:\)

And who would want to spend an evening with a significant other rather than complete strangers from the internet?

I'm even planning on meeting someone else from the internet on Wednesday at some point.
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#1036772 - 10/28/08 09:28 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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The last time I was there for a show, there were a number of bras being tossed around, but that was for another show.

I would expect that drinks will be served.

In case you were wondering, I am still waiting to hear whether my attendance is mandatory or optional.
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#1036773 - 10/28/08 10:30 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Are you going to be tuning the piano for his concert, BDB? Wouldn't that be exciting?! Are the musicians usually present when you tune for a show?
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#1036774 - 10/29/08 01:11 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Yes, drinks will be served. My ticket came in the mail and clearly states over 21 and 2 drink minimum as well. It also says something about no cameras on it which will be annoying if they're really serious about that. I'll be a tourist in San Fran and I'd hate to have to go back to the hotel just to drop off a camera.
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#1036775 - 10/29/08 02:29 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I would not worry about bringing a camera, just bring a bag and leave it in there. After all, cameras are all over these days, usually in cell phones. I have suggested that when the announcement is made that no photography is allowed that they add the line: "If you are going to ignore that, at least turn off the flash. It is annoying, and you are too far away for it to do any good!"

Monica: I do not know yet. Not particularly. Eventually, almost always (sometimes we lose some of them*), but rarely when I am working.

* At times, people have gotten snowed in, had visa problems, things like that. Now that is exciting! Last week, the musicians showed up at one of the shows, but their instruments got stuck in Sacramento. Sunday, I got there an hour before the pianist, who arrived about five minutes before the piano. That incident was the only problem for me, at least recently.
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#1036776 - 11/10/08 02:04 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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OK, we're 10 days out from the concert in San Francisco. So far it seems that Monica, Key Notes and I will be attending the concert. Any other piano world members attending the show?
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#1036777 - 11/10/08 04:50 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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OK, we're 10 days out from the concert in San Francisco. So far it seems that Monica, Key Notes and I will be attending the concert. Any other piano world members attending the show? [/b]
My spirit will be there; unfortunately my body will be 6,000 miles away \:\(

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#1036778 - 11/10/08 05:12 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Monica K.:
It may also be the case that people in the area planning on attending the concert may wish to attend with significant others or loved ones, *not* random strangers from the internet, especially random strangers who might be prone to throwing their bras up on the stage. :p And that's perfectly understandable.
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It is becoming rather obvious that a seat facing _Monica_ would be the most entertaining seat in the house by far!! \:D
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#1036779 - 11/11/08 09:50 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Monica K.:
It may also be the case that people in the area planning on attending the concert may wish to attend with significant others or loved ones, *not* random strangers from the internet, especially random strangers who might be prone to throwing their bras up on the stage. :p And that's perfectly understandable.
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It is becoming rather obvious that a seat facing _Monica_ would be the most entertaining seat in the house by far!! \:D [/b]
Perhaps Monica could also attend a UK 2009 venue to encourage the faithful \:D
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#1036780 - 11/14/08 11:55 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Here's another treat that appears to have just become available for people in the San Francisco area:

event name:
SAN FRANCISCO
event address:
Instore Concert VIRGIN MEGASTORE 2 Stockton St. San Francisco, CA 94108
event time:
17.30
event date:
19/11/2008

It's actually pretty darn close to were I'll be getting off the train from the airport is is only blocks from my hotel. Now the only thing that might stop me from attending this little show would be a meet up I had planned with some other people on Wed since previously I had nothing better to do...
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#1036781 - 11/17/08 04:03 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Now that I'm through gnashing my teeth in bitter jealousy and regret about this added event (my plane gets in too late Wed. night... ), I can concentrate on the fact that the concert is literally just days away!

The next 48 hours will be crazy with trying to get some stuff done at work before I leave, but it'll be worth it to get away... especially since the low here tonight is supposed to be 24 degrees, and we've had flurries all day. Sunny Calif, here I come!
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#1036782 - 11/17/08 04:53 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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The next 48 hours will be crazy with trying to get some stuff done at work before I leave, but it'll be worth it to get away... especially since the low here tonight is supposed to be 24 degrees, and we've had flurries all day. Sunny Calif, here I come! [/b]
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Tonight: Scattered snow showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. North northwest wind between 11 and 14 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
I couldn't agree with Monica more on this one! \:D
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#1036783 - 11/17/08 06:52 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Monica, we are all looking forward to a review of the concert.

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#1036784 - 11/17/08 11:17 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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[quote]Originally posted by AnthonyB:
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Tonight: Scattered snow showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. North northwest wind between 11 and 14 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
I couldn't agree with Monica more on this one! \:D
Hi Anthony and Monica,

It appears that you folks are tough in terms of cold weather resistance, but while the bay area weather have been super nice, warm and beautiful in the high 70s and low 80s. It's supposed to be in the high 67 and low 52 this Thursday in the city. Perhaps tropical for you folks but layering is required for wimpy Californians such as myself. See you all this Thursday.

From the sunshine state of California.

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#1036785 - 11/18/08 07:58 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I'd really hoped to convince my friend to take me to the Los Angeles concert tonight. I didn't manage to, but alas, it doesn't matter, because I have a night class and have already missed too many classes to skip. \:\(

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#1036786 - 11/19/08 11:32 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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*bump.

1 day to go!

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#1036787 - 11/19/08 12:09 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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[rubs hands together in glee and anticipation]

I'm getting ready to head off to the airport. I got a call from Anthony a couple of hours ago, and he was sitting in the Chicago airport waiting for his connection.

I had a close call, actually... two nights ago my son threw up in middle of the night and apparently had one of those stomach bugs. So I spent yesterday morning taking him to the doctor and hoping he would recover quickly so I could go to the concert and not feel like the Worst Mother In The World. Fortunately, he was fine all afternoon and last night, and chipper as can be this morning. So I sent him off to school and can go hear Einaudi reasonably guilt-free.
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#1036788 - 11/21/08 09:45 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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It was a fabulous experience and evening. Einaudi's performance lasted approximately an hour and fourty five minutes, without breaks, but it felt a lot shorter than that. I'll let Monica and Anthony, the true experts and admirers of Einaudi, to send in their reviews and elaborate on the details.

Many thanks to Monica and Anthony for getting there so early and saving us all the best seats and table in the house. It was definitely a pleasure to meet both of you, and I hope that you've enjoyed your brief yet memorable visit to the bay area.

Warm Regards,

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#1036789 - 11/22/08 12:05 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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It was indeed a fabulous evening. \:\) Magical, even. I got there 35 minutes before the doors opened at 6:30 (for an 8:00 pm concert time), and I wasn't even the first person in line! But we did indeed end up with an excellent table--if not THE best, the second best in the house. And Anthony and I zealously saved seats for Key Notes and her guest, despite repeated attempts by ushers and other patrons to nab the good seats. \:D

The concert itself was fantastic. Einaudi devotes a lot of time to improvising and rarely played a single piece at a time... instead, he would weave 3 or 4 pieces together in a medley of pieces strung together with improvised bridges. About halfway through he took a few minutes to chat, and he explained that he liked to improvise a lot, and that in fact he couldn't tell us what he was going to play next, because he didn't know himself. Yet. \:D

It was a humbling experience to hear him play live, because it was crystal clear that whatever I can accomplish with his music comes off as sounding ham-fisted and leaden compared to his performance. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but his playing is so much more delicate and full of emotion (and LOTS of rubato) live than it is on the recording. It is definitely worth hearing, because it differs so much from his recordings, and I am so glad I took the time and money to go to SF.

I was also fascinated by trying to analyze his technique. He sat pretty far back on the bench (which I always thought was a no-no), and he played with his right pinkie curled up most of the time (ditto). Yet he played with a delicacy, emotion, and beauty that mesmerized me. Shortly after he began playing I became aware of somebody humming to the music. I was getting all ready to identify the offender and send him one of my patented Withing Glares, when I realized it was coming from the speakers (the piano and stage were mic'ed), and it was Einaudi himself getting into his music!! \:D

Most of what he played were familiar pieces from I Giorni, Una Mattina, and Divenire. My favorites were "Nuvole Bianche," "Dietro Casa," "Divenire," and "I Giorni." There were two stretches where he played material that I and Anthony were unfamiliar with, but we couldn't tell if it was new pieces from his forthcoming album (Hurray!) or just some of his improvised bridges.

If I had a complaint at all, it was that the evening was over way too soon. I could've listened to him all night. \:\) But the lights came on, we clapped like crazy, then he played "Le Onde" as an encore, and we all gave him a well deserved standing ovation.

But when the concert was over, Anthony got some good pictures of us standing in front of the piano (which I hope he will post later), and Einaudi signed autographs, too. I bought two CDs and had him sign them, and we got some more pics of us standing with him (on Anthony's camera, again, because I forgot to bring mine. [gnashes teeth]).

While the travel itself was not so great (have they shrunk coach seats more than ever????), it was a wonderful trip. Anthony and I had a great time touring Alcatraz the afternoon before the concert, which I had never seen before. It was fun to meet PW buddies in the flesh. The weather was beautiful, compared to the 25 degrees waiting for me at home in Lexington.

Apparently the SF show was a sell-out. I hope the rest of his U.S. tour does similarly well and that he comes here again. I would love to see him perform live again, if I could. \:\)
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#1036790 - 11/22/08 12:21 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Monica,

I am sincerely thrilled that you, Key Notes and Anthony had such a great time. I hope to see some photos, soon. \:\)

Key Notes,

Thanks to you for your gracious comments. I'm glad that you, Monica and Anthony had this opportunity to meet and share this experience.

Good on all of you.

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#1036791 - 11/22/08 12:25 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hey BDB... was that you tuning the piano I saw as we entered the room?
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#1036792 - 11/22/08 12:48 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I got home a few minutes ago and took care of a few things then fired up the computer to offload the images I have. Unfortunately it appears that Monica decided to blink in the group shot we have, but I think there's a a chance that Key Notes has a good group picture then as I think they took a few before we took one with my camera.

I'm not sure if the others want a picture up here at this point or not, so I'll just post the one I have of Ludovico and myself.



I'll have to post a summary of my thoughts when I get the time late on Saturday.
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#1036793 - 11/22/08 01:57 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hey BDB... was that you tuning the piano I saw as we entered the room? [/b]
No. I was asked to come in and touch it up, but I was not feeling up to it. My wife had a lot of dental work that day, and I got the word after 5, and I had not made dinner. It was not the house piano, but a rental, and I preferred that the rental agency's tuner take care of it. I suppose that is who it was.

I hope you liked Bimbo's. I think of it almost as a museum piece, a nightclub out of the past, very well preserved. Had I been there, I would have looked for you.
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#1036794 - 11/22/08 03:49 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hey guys,

So glad the concert went so well! Sounds like it was everything you expected and more. Good job on getting the autographs and photos too!

Did he play Divenire without the string section? Or was there a backing track?

Also, love the fact the played Dietro Casa and Nuvole Bianche. Would have loved to have heard them live \:\)

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#1036796 - 11/22/08 10:41 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I'm glad you guys had a great time! More pics please.

And what type of piano did he play?

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#1036797 - 11/22/08 11:09 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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#1036798 - 11/22/08 11:22 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Sounds like you all had a Divine time!!!!!!! \:\)

Just last night I was trying to play Le Onde again, I couldn't get it to sound anywhere near what it was supposed to sound like! It is alot harder to play than it sounds! It always amazes me as to how well he keeps that constant rubato going and he really does have excellent tone! What a great finale song, it is a real soulful and peaceful song and I just love it!!!

I also like Divenire , that song always gives me energy. I never tire of listening to it. Did he play it any different than he does on his CD? And I am also wondering if there was any backup instruments for that song.

Glad to hear you got autographs, I am sure you will treasure those forever!

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#1036800 - 11/22/08 12:41 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hey... y'all GOT a pic! That's a nice shot, Anthony, of you and Einaudi. \:\) And thank you for not putting up the unflattering group photo with me blinking. :p With any luck, Key Notes will have some other photos to put up.

The tone of the piano was very nice, though the pedal creaked audibly maybe 3 or 4 times... the rental company really ought to fix it.

Babs, Einaudi played Divenire differently than on the album. (He played ALL the pieces differently, and he said something to the effect that he does that deliberately to keep from being bored by playing the same thing over and over again.) The main difference is that he played the intro part much slower than the main theme, which I was intrigued to hear, because it's that intro part where I keep making mistakes trying to play it at tempo. So now I can play it slowly and justify it by saying that I'm doing it the "live Einaudi" way. \:D

He didn't use the looping iPod thingy for Divenire, but he did use it for (just) one of the other pieces.

BDB, I was pleasantly surprised by Bimbo's. It does have an older charm to it. I was impressed by the staff. I had been worried about it being a nightclub setting and that there might be a lot of noise and disruption, but the waitresses were skilled at moving unobtrusively among the tables and taking and delivering orders in an almost unnoticeable manner. Our table was at the front, to the left of the piano so we had a good view of Einaudi's hands, but not so far left that we couldn't see his face. Perfect positioning, actually.
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#1036801 - 11/22/08 03:32 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Sounded like you guys had a blast at the concert

Hmmm, never did try to play the intro part slower than the main theme for Divernire. Must go try it \:\)

Can't wait to see some more pics of you guys with Einaudi.
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#1036802 - 11/22/08 10:45 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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:D \:D \:D Boy, talk about pressure. But Swreek!!! I'm kind of shy... AnthonyB was nice enough to captured a photo of each of us posing with Einaudi, perhaps he'll be kind enough to post one of Monica, who looked gorgeous in her dress.

I wish that I could've taken more pics of the huge club itself. It's definitely an elegant venue for holding concert performances. They even have a full time attendant inside the ladies' restroom to hand out paper towels after you washed your hands and to make sure that everything is immaculately cleaned.

Thanks everyone for your nice thoughts and comments, I wish that many of you could've joined us. Let me see if I can find a good group picture out of the three that someone was nice enough to take of us, then collect my nerve before I post it. \:D
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#1036803 - 11/23/08 02:07 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I was lucky enough to see and meet Ludovico twice during my trip to San Francisco thanks to him having an in-store concert at the Virgin Mega store on 2 Stockton Street in San Francisco on the 19th. At first there weren't too many people showing up and sitting down so it was just a few of us in the front row of chairs for a while. The seats did manage to fill up pretty well before he started playing and we had some folks standing by the end. It was a somewhat strange experience to walk into a music store and hear tracks from Ludovico Einaudi playing over the speakers though.

He started off (both concerts, actually) with Uno and Dietro L'Incanto. He played quite a few tracks from Divenire during both concerts, with only just handful of others. The in store concert mainly featured pieces from Divenire and I Giorni because those are the two albums the store had for sale, no doubt. The Divenire tracks came first followed by a trip to some I Giorni pieces. Ludovico played for just about an hour or so at the in-store event. He brought some bottles of the family wine with and proceeded to be nice and sign autographs after the show.

Monica and I spent the time before the concert on Thursday sightseeing. We visited an aquarium, walked around quite a bit, visited some sea lions and took a tour of Alcatraz Island. Once we got back from our hotels we headed back to our hotels to prepare for the concert.

My hotel was further away so it took me a bit longer to get ready and back to the club, but Monica had already gotten us a nice spot in line. When we arrived inside a tech was just finishing making final adjustments to the piano and we were seated and begun some eating and drinking while waiting for the concert as doors are one and a half hours before the actual show begins. It took quite some work keeping the ushers from handing off the prime seats at the table we had as they were already taken by our late arriving guests.

Again, the pieces were mainly from Divenire and I Giorni. I'll have to say I didn't write anything down and don't have a good enough memory to recall the tracks played. I will say the audience was great and gave him plenty of well deserved rounds of applause. The tracks he seemed to really get in to while playing seemed to be “Oltremare” and “Andare”. He was making audible noises the most during those songs. He actually shocked me the first night at the in store concert when he was making occasional humming and other such noises likely to help him play and keep time during some of the faster sections. It might be a side effect of playing Divenire pieces with accompaniment. He was much more audible during his actual concert. This could have been due to the piano being mic'd for audio. We were fairly close to the loudspeaker. I think he played Ascolta with his electronic backing track from his iPod. I really enjoyed all the modifications he makes to his music and the bridges between different songs that he comes up with. That makes the performance much more interesting. The encore he performed for us was “Le Onde” which was excellent to hear. I think everyone there wanted him to keep playing, but it wasn't to be. \:\)

When he was signing things after the show I once again failed to ask if he ever had plans to do future shows in the USA after these. Darn it. From what I could tell the other shows on the east coast had not been selling all too well which was rather depressing. The fact that only a handful of people went to the Saturday Boston show and they flat out canceled the Sunday show isn't good. I should have also asked, if I got the chance, what he was planning on doing before his show in Mexico. There is a week between his concert in New York and the show in Mexico so I wonder if Ludovico will visit some cities and look for some more musical inspiration. Either that or maybe he'll take the time to get some work done on the new album.

There wasn't much that I did the day following the concert as I pretty much packed up my stuff in the morning and did just a bit of walking around before taking the subway back to the airport.

Overall the trip was well worth the money spent. I had a great time meeting some of the people who I only get to talk to on-line. I really hope that Ludovico will some day take another trip to the USA so that I can see him play again. It would be great if he could manage to stop by Chicago next time as this way one of our other posters here (aw2pp) could have an easier chance to see him play. I'm sure Monica and I could find a way to head there for a concert as well.

I don't have a lot of pictures of Ludovico as they stated no cameras during the concert and the pictures I took the night before were also mainly without flash and thus a bit grainy on the digital camera. I'll get around to posting some of those soon.
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#1036804 - 11/23/08 02:30 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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As promised... a group pic \:\)
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#1036805 - 11/23/08 03:57 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Thanks, Key Notes! That one turned out pretty nice, I think. \:\) You can see the piano in the background. I will confess that I reached up and depressed one key so that I can say that I "played" the same piano that Einaudi did. \:\)

And thanks for the detailed review, Anthony. You did a better job of remembering the pieces played than I did!
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#1036806 - 11/23/08 04:16 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Great photo! We're so jealous!
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#1036807 - 11/24/08 12:05 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Anthony that was a great review. It's great you guys pulled this whole thing off without a hitch.

I'm super jealous as well.

Next time, I say we all get together for a Nobue Umatsu concert. ..[Final Fantasy series composer].

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#1036808 - 11/24/08 10:48 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Well, even though I forgot my camera, I can contribute a photo after the fact. Here's my two Einaudi CDs with autographs. Um, let's just say that I was near the end of the autograph line and Einaudi was clearly getting tired of writing by then. \:D

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#1036809 - 11/24/08 10:56 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Um, let's just say that I was near the end of the autograph line and Einaudi was clearly getting tired of writing by then. \:D
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I'll say! If you showed me that and gave me a million guesses of whose "signature" it was I'd probably still not get "Ludovico Einaudi" from that.

Oh well, at least you[/b] know who it is!
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#1036810 - 11/24/08 11:15 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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So glad you all enjoyed, and shared with us! Einaudi isn't really my "cup of tea", but neither is solo cello, and just that by Rostropovich was absolutely the finest show I've ever been to (likely the finest I'll ever be to...), and I've been to a blue billion. My point is that to be in the presence of a master--whatever the particular 'flavor'--is both an humbling and an elating experience, to be savored and cherished. Methinks I would have enjoyed it in spite of my 'New-Age aversion'...
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#1036811 - 11/24/08 11:42 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Monica K.:
Um, let's just say that I was near the end of the autograph line and Einaudi was clearly getting tired of writing by then. \:D
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Yeah, I must say that I got a little more ink when he signed my book:
http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/32/3215/11.html

It seems like he wrote something extra above his name for me then. Probably 'regards' or 'best wishes' or 'good luck trying to play the intro to Divenire, hahaha'.

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#1036812 - 11/24/08 11:45 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I'm betting the extra was his first name, Euan... that looks like an "L". Sort of. \:D

Maybe Anthony can upload a photo of his autographed iPod, as that was a signature with distinguishable letters.

I'm not complaining... I'm delighted to have the autographs, and I have to say it's very gracious for a musician to take the time after a concert to mingle with the fans. Must get very tiring and boring for him, but for us... what a thrill.
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#1036813 - 11/24/08 02:13 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Images \:\)









Is the thread a bit less worthless now?
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#1036814 - 11/24/08 05:22 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Monica K.:
Thanks, Key Notes! That one turned out pretty nice, I think. \:\) You can see the piano in the background. I will confess that I reached up and depressed one key so that I can say that I "played" the same piano that Einaudi did. \:\) [/b]
You're welcome Monica. \:\) I'm sure glad that one of them turned out decent.

Yes, I did noticed your wandering fingers and hand and I was tempted to do the same except I didn't want to end up on Alcratrez. \:D

Have a happy Thanksgiving week and I hope that you'll come back and visit us again soon!

Key Notes \:\)
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#1036815 - 11/24/08 05:28 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Kawai, HI:
Great photo! We're so jealous! [/b]
Kawai, HI, You are always so nice. If you and polostrings ever visit the mainland and in the area, please let me know. I would love to meet you guys.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and best regards.

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#1036816 - 11/25/08 11:26 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Anthony,

In my mind there never was a question concerning the worth of this thread.

I believe it to be a vivid and upbeat thread of three ABF members meeting for the expressed purpose of sharing in each other's company a wonderful experience, that being the enjoyment of a respected and admired composer and pianist in concert.

Each of the three of you has contributed your verbal thoughts on this wonderful experience. Now, each of the three of you has contributed photos of this momentous occasion.

You, Key Notes and Monica have thrilled each of us interested in your experience.

Many thanks to each of you for sharing your excitement with us in a very thorough and engaging way.

I have bookmarked this thread so I can come back in the future and revisit the enthusiasm of your shared experience. I am thankful that each of you kept the rest of us in mind while enjoying yourself and being so immersed in the moment of enjoying Ludvico Einaudi.

Thank you all for your consideration, \:D

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#1036817 - 11/25/08 11:48 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Lisztener,

I personally don't think we should let them off that easy!!! Sure the pictures and the comments are great - but we here at the forum need more. How about some recordings of Einaudi played by the members while still frresh from basking in the remaining glow of the master himself? See, give us here at ABF enough time and we can always find something more to whine about....

I'm glad everyone had a great time and the stories and pictures really are appreciated. Those of us limited to just reading about your exploits enjoy your sharing.

Thanks,

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#1036818 - 11/25/08 01:50 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Is the thread a bit less worthless now? [/b]


Thanks for posting the pictures. I really like the one in front of the window, I'm guessing that was at the Virgin store?
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#1036819 - 11/25/08 02:13 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Yes, that was at the in-store concert. I didn't dare try to use my camera during the show at Bimbo's as I wasn't about to fly half way across the country only to get kicked out of the show. \:\)

I think the cutest part of the in-store concert was when an ambulance went down Market Street right outside the window. Ludovico calmly paused his playing turned to the audience with a smile then continued on playing. Oh, and the most annoying part of the in-store concert? The creaky piano bench. I can just imagine what Ludovico must have been thinking the first time he shifted his weight on it. After that I think he tried to shift around as little as possible. Still quite funny. That's what you get when you play at unknown pianos, I suppose. \:\)
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#1036820 - 11/25/08 02:59 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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That's what you get when you play at unknown pianos, I suppose. \:\) [/b]
I've always admired people that can play any piano and make it sound good. I've played a few pianos in churches and nightclubs (not professionally, just fooling around) that were awful[/b] and yet they get played all the time. At least in a concert venue the piano is usually properly prepped.
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#1036821 - 11/25/08 03:36 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Great photo! We're so jealous! [/b]
Kawai, HI, You are always so nice. If you and polostrings ever visit the mainland and in the area, please let me know. I would love to meet you guys.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and best regards.

Key Notes \:\) [/b]
Thanks! And if you are ever in Hawaii the same goes. Happy Thanksgiving too.
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#1036822 - 11/25/08 03:37 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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I've played a few pianos in churches and nightclubs (not professionally, just fooling around) that were awful[/b] and yet they get played all the time. [/b]
And the keys are filthy \:\( I think I've cleaned the keys on every publically available piano in town (that's an exaggeration, but. . .) \:\)

Cathy
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#1036823 - 11/25/08 04:44 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Looks like you all had a great time. Nice to see the "Piano Forumites" meeting up like we do on the car side. I've got friends I've now known for over 4yrs and we've stayed at each others houses, gone on weekend breaks and partied, gone to events etc and this was all from the love of a specific car.

But let me get this straight, you went to a place in NorCal called "Bimbos"? \:D

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#1036824 - 11/25/08 04:52 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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You bet... hey Anthony, do you still have that napkin? I think mine got thrown away in the confusion of unpacking. Let's just say that the design on the official Bimbo's cocktail napkins were as hard to explain away to my hubby as the name of the establishment itself. \:D
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#1036825 - 11/25/08 06:45 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hey Monica, is this the design you mean?

http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/dolfina.gif

(Just in case, I used a link instead of IMG as to not offend anyone - can't imagine it would, but a guy never knows....)
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#1036826 - 11/26/08 10:52 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Originally posted by Kawai, HI:
Great photo! We're so jealous! [/b]
Kawai, HI, You are always so nice. If you and polostrings ever visit the mainland and in the area, please let me know. I would love to meet you guys.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and best regards.

Key Notes \:\) [/b]
Thanks! And if you are ever in Hawaii the same goes. Happy Thanksgiving too. [/b]
Thanks! \:\)
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#1036827 - 11/26/08 11:01 PM Re: Einaudi Concert
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Hey Monica, is this the design you mean?

http://www.pianoworld.com/Uploads/files/dolfina.gif

(Just in case, I used a link instead of IMG as to not offend anyone - can't imagine it would, but a guy never knows....) [/b]
Yeah... I'm pretty sure that was it. Rather wild, huh? \:D
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#1036828 - 11/28/08 12:22 AM Re: Einaudi Concert
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If you want another napkin, I could probably pick one up sometime.

I have only seen the girl in the fishbowl once. At one time, there was one who was a city councilmember across the bay in Richmond. She is only there for special events nowadays.

Mr. Bimbo was still alive when I first went there. His wife was, too; she died first. I went to his funeral. His grandsons run the club now. Old-timers tell me that during the war, soldiers in uniform would get free meals there. That would have been in the original location at 365 Market Street. You can read the history of the club here.

My next shows there are Aimee Mann's 3rd Annual Christmas Show, next weekend, and then New Year's Eve.
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