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Post-NASA exhaustion and inspiration – Jennifer Blackwell

12422385_10156626356020494_1805153238_oThe NASA conference ended a few hours ago, since which I have been enjoying the beautiful Texas weather, spending time with (old and new!) friends, and reflecting on the many fantastic and inspiring performances I witnessed in the past few days. Despite the absolute exhaustion I feel at the end, I always leave NASA conferences feeling inspired to pursue ever higher levels of musicianship. I am forever grateful to be a member of such a dynamic and passionate community of musicians.

For my part, in this event, I had the privilege of premiering Jay Batzner’s Abstain Red Hells for soprano saxophone and electronics this morning, in a recital with some excellent performers. Yesterday, Myles Boothroyd and I gave a presentation on the Saxophone Symposium, which I hope will inspire our community to write scholarly articles about our wonderful instrument.

In terms of the concerts I attended, there were far too many incredible moments to list here, but some of those that stand out in my mind are the musically sensitive and technically masterful performances by my friends in the Kenari Quartet and Barkada Quartet. You should absolutely check them out if you haven’t heard them!

The photo here (which is the only one I got all weekend that I’m actually in!) is with my friend and former UWO classmate, Gerard Spicer – it’s always great to reconnect with saxophone friends! I’m off to Atlanta for NAfME tomorrow morning, exhausted but happy!

 

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