Denver area ABF members piano party!

Posted by: Strings & Wood

Denver area ABF members piano party! - 06/25/11 09:46 AM

I am hosting a ABF members piano party in my home ( Arvada, CO ) on Sat July 16th, 1-4:00PM. This will be a casual get together to meet and play if you are willing. There will also be a "special guest player". No, not me... but I might play something. smile

So far we have Jotur, Inlanding, WiseBuff, hawgdriver, & Mile Hi Steve that have expressed an interest or have committed to coming. We have room for a few more, spouses welcomed.
Post here & PM me for details.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 06/25/11 10:56 AM

Oh, I'm so jealous! I would love to meet all of you in person and spend time with you.

What great fun.
I do hope you'll post pics and some videos!
Posted by: Cinnamonbear

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 06/26/11 05:09 AM

Count me in as a jealous one who would love to be there!

--Andy
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 06/26/11 10:01 AM

You know Aspen & Vail are wonderful places in the middle of July. You & casinitaly can make this a pit stop on the way to a great vacation!
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 06/26/11 10:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Strings & Wood
You know Aspen & Vail are wonderful places in the middle of July. You & casinitaly can make this a pit stop on the way to a great vacation!

I have no doubt of that,.. unfortunately this July is out of the question frown
Posted by: jotur

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 06/26/11 03:49 PM

So what month works better, cas? Maybe we can do this a couple of times a year? I've been thinking of a hall where we could play here in Santa Fe (my place is far too small, and the pianos aren't, um, really suitable). We could make it the Denver area/International piano party smile

Cathy
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 06/26/11 04:25 PM

Oh, Cathy, that's really sweet.

I'll be on the right side of the ocean in August, but an excursion to Denver or Santa Fe really won't work...not this year. Plans are already set (and paid for!).

I need LONG range planning for my transatlantic travels as I generally have to get a LOT of visiting with family and friends in.

However, NEXT year I could well be in the USA. We have been talking bout visting parts of Arizona and San Francisco. If that should come to pass I would really be delighted if it were possible to hook up with some PW buddies!!!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/04/11 11:56 PM

Bump.

Just so it's on the front forum page for a bit in case anyone missed it smile

I am really looking forward to this. And we made Monica jealous! laugh

Cathy
Posted by: Augustina

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/05/11 01:15 PM

hmm only an 8 hr drive for me! I just love Colorado:) However; I am unable to come in July:( Maybe next time:)
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/05/11 01:26 PM

Yes, I am jealous indeed!! [gnashes teeth] laugh I hope somebody will take a few pictures at the event and post them for us.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/05/11 04:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Augustina
hmm only an 8 hr drive for me! I just love Colorado:) However; I am unable to come in July:( Maybe next time:)


Duly noted, Augustina.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/05/11 04:28 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Yes, I am jealous indeed!! [gnashes teeth] laugh I hope somebody will take a few pictures at the event and post them for us.


We know that Monica does not flinch in the face of long distance travel... so we will give you a pass on the short notice. smile
Posted by: CMohr

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/13/11 10:45 PM

Add me to the jealous list! You gotta take pics and/or video. Have fun, all you guys!
Posted by: jotur

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/14/11 01:47 AM

I'm packing tomorrow evening, hitting Trader Joe's for some twothree-buck chuck, leaving Fri eve about 5 to get to CO Springs to stay with my brother, then heading for Arvada Saturday! Whooopeee!

I would love to have had my latest ready for this, but it's going to have to wait for the ABF recital. "...the little birdies go tweet tweet tweet." Oh well.

Cathy
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/14/11 09:13 AM

rocking and-uh rolling and-uh singing that song?

See ya Sat.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/16/11 11:56 PM

We had our piano party today and it was great to meet some of the regulars on PW ABF. I would like to say thank you to jotur, WiseBuff, Inlanding, Hawgdriver, Randy (my piano tech), and a huge thank you to the lovely and musically exquisite, Carol Smith.

Here are a few photos from the event and I believe jotur has a few that she will post given time. Also, there is an audio link to some of the playing. The zoom was some distance from the piano and there is background chatter, but hey, it was a party first and foremost. smile

The pieces have been edited and are not in their entirety and I have left in a bit of verbal banter to convey a bit of the atmosphere. Also, the storage disk max out and I was unable to capture the playing of jotur and Randy much to my disappointment as their contributions were really good.

As I get permission I will add more photos.

Inlanding/Yes, that is a cast on his foot- never missed a beat!




Strings&Wood





Audio Link


Carol is from the beginning to about the 7 min mark.
hawdriver is about the 8 min mark.
WiseBuff is about the 12 min mark.
Inlanding is about the 13 min mark.
Yours truly is about the 15:40 mark.



Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 09:21 AM

Posted by: Cinnamonbear

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 09:42 AM

What a great time that must have been! Thanks for the pics, and I really enjoyed hearing the recording. You had mighty fine piano playing going on at your house! And your piano sounds like a dream!

--Andy
Posted by: Inlanding

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 11:56 AM

Yes, Andy...it was a wonderful gathering.

Carl~
Thank you, thank you, to you and to Melanie for hosting such a fine party in your beautiful home!

It was a joy to meet everyone, share conversation, food, wine, and fine music on your wonderful piano. It is clear why you chose that Schimmel over all the pianos you test-drove. Such a responsive piano from (ppp to fff), with a clear, resounding bass, singing treble, and bell-like uppers. Randy does very good work. It is a beautiful instrument in a beautiful setting. What an amazing place to practice and play!

It was great that Cathy (jotour) could drive up from New Mexico and that WiseBuff, Hawgdriver, Randy, and Carol could attend. So good to meet you!

Thanks for getting us started here in Denver - there will be more. Once I can get the living room cleared out, I'd like to host one!

Glen
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 12:02 PM

WiseBuff did not hesitate to entertain us and she has promised us a future date with her Grotrian!

Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 12:50 PM

It's sooooo nice. I wish I could've joined you... My work is too unpredictable this year to join any event or host one in here in AZ...
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 01:21 PM

Randy is my piano tuning guru and has a very relaxed fluid style of play...easy for him, he's very good! I suspect he may moonlight at some of Denver's finest.

Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 09:28 PM

hawgdriver's "Raindrop Prelude" got my attention... well done!




Carol's 45 min performance was spectacular.

Posted by: jotur

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 11:20 PM

Carl's pictures cover most of it, but here's a couple more:



and yours truly - I love his piano smile



Oh whoops! I did something wrong with the embedding! Oh, figured it out smile

Cathy
Posted by: jotur

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/17/11 11:30 PM

Oh, and I have to say that cake was over the top good. And served in generous slices smile There were also some really good sandwiches, fruit, and other goodies. But we turned out to be water drinkers extraordinaire laugh

Cathy
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/18/11 06:45 AM

Looks like (and sounds like) everyone had a wonderful time!
(That cake is gorgeous - who made it?)

It is great fun to see photos of everyone - (Is Carol Smith a PW member?, if so - what is her nickname?)

I'm listening to the audio as I type and it is delightful!

I think it is really wonderful that the cyber-friendships developed here in the forums translate so beautifully into real-life enjoyment of each others' company!
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/18/11 09:23 AM

Great pic of you Cathy. Much better pic than my wife's smartless phone. Thanks for posting.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/18/11 09:28 AM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
Looks like (and sounds like) everyone had a wonderful time!
(That cake is gorgeous - who made it?)

It is great fun to see photos of everyone - (Is Carol Smith a PW member?, if so - what is her nickname?)

I'm listening to the audio as I type and it is delightful!

I think it is really wonderful that the cyber-friendships developed here in the forums translate so beautifully into real-life enjoyment of each others' company!


Cas,
The cake came from a local bakery - Das Myers.

Carol is a local pro and piano teacher. Quite possibly my teacher if a spot opens. smile
She's booked at the moment. frown
Posted by: MaryBee

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/18/11 12:17 PM

It looks like great fun! I'm jealous.
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/20/11 12:23 AM

Wow, looks like everything turned out just perfect. You couldn't ask for much more. Beautiful setting and piano too.
Posted by: apple*

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/21/11 09:37 AM

Can I save a picture of that cake and give it to someone on their birthday?? pretty please.

What kind of piano do you own strings and wood, it sounds awesome.. and looks spectacular.. I am so jealous.

pm me if you wish.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Denver area ABF members piano party! - 07/21/11 06:17 PM

Quote:
Can I save a picture of that cake and give it to someone on their birthday?? pretty please.


Absolutely!

Quote:
What kind of piano do you own strings and wood, it sounds awesome.. and looks spectacular.. I am so jealous.


Apple, it is one of your favorites- a Schimmel K213 NWS.