The season of calm is setting in. Julian has finally chilled having moved home - meaning his website home which he assures me is as all consuming as moving actual home - and we are finally free to consider the first lavender over in the Luberon (the sea of same plus smellies in its name at Sault on the other side of the Ventoux coming soon), the ultimate granite work surface, the perfect tap, the possibility of a stone sink (rejected), lunch on herby leaves and artisanal berry sorbet in bonnieux, and an aperitif in the vines with a chopped tomato slathered on garlic-infused toast. Thismorning we walked for an hour and a half in amongst vines and wild flower meadows, over-run, because of the recent rain, for the first time by the mallow flower after which our hamlet is named.
Meanwhile, while I should have been mixing fromage blanc, ammonium, smoke black 'n green pigments and wax to paint the doors, I was having a clean girlie lunch with the lovely
Kate thinly disguised as discussing further chamber music and wine projects...
We are interested in bringing together the listening and the tasting experiences - giving people permission to hear or see or taste or feel or remember whatever it is that they do without feeling they don't 'know enough'; to have their own experience and know that it is valid. We are also interested in building a local audience rather than a touristy one. So here's the question:
The idea has come up of doing a concert in which we play a piece, discuss how we feel about it, answer questions and then play it again. Goodness knows how many times I have listened to my favourite music (Andras Schiff playing the Bach partitas possibly three thousand times, Haendel's Theodora close to two, and Steven Isserlis' Bach suites which have just come out already in the thirties and looking forward to the rest of my lifetime digesting them) but we all know music gets better each time we hear it. I am not Andras Schiff, nor am I Steven Isserlis, but still, why not one piece twice in a concert?
I would love some feedback.