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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IB Expo 10 Again

I slept nine hours last night. This is almost unprecedented for me! I must have needed it. The mouth is slightly better but the infection is sore and the extreme sensitivity is coming back. In the meantime I've been enjoying lots of IB Expo memories and flashbacks...

Chinwagging with Marco Minnemann after the gig = mucho laughs!; Julie Slick being terrific fun & sounding superb & on form; 4 drummers on stage going for it! Hearing Mela from Julie Slick's solo album played live; hearing e & Thela with a horn section was a real toe-tapper; Ade saying to me "apart from the band itself, you're the only person who has seen the band at the start and the end of this European tour!"

One of my favourite pieces from the night has surfaced online. Entitled G Named Cloud, it's written by Luca Calabrese and features some of his gorgeous flugelhorn...



Midaircondo were a real revelation for me. Here's the duo and Adrian in action.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Down In The Mouth

Despite wanting to stay in bed for a week, there was work to do and an overdue visit to the dentist. A nasty infection was treated with some antibiotics and some gel was put on the affected tooth to lessen some of the sensitivity. However it was likely that things are too far gone and an extraction is needed. Urgh and double-urgh.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

From Sweden With Love

Bed at 2.30 ish + up at 6.30 a.m. for 7.00 a.m. lobby call = one very tired Sid Smith. Not everyone was looking as grim as me however...

Hitting the road at around 7.05 a.m.

A couple of hours later daylight was upon us and the magnificent Oresund Bridge was coming into view...

Into Copenhagen airport for an easy check-in and saying goodbye to Thomas, Ade and John...


The downside of arriving here at 10.00 a.m. was that my flight wasn't until 2.00 p.m. However, that meant I could get sat down, get the office out and work for a couple of hours. There were delays of course and in the end my 2.00 p.m. flight didn't get airborne until sometime after 4.00 p.m.

Back into a snowbound Newcastle and homeward bound...



Very glad to be going back home.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

At IB Expo 10

Bed at 2.00 a.m. ish again but up at 6.30 a.m.

It had been snowing throughout the night...





Sadly we've no time to play. Thomas and Otto lead the way to the van...

We're Halmstad-bound today! Here's a road sign guaranteed to make the hear of Wallander fans quicken...





I was very touched by the warmth of the greeting I received from the folks when we got to Halmstad. It was great meeting up with everyone from IB and the AB3...



We leave the team to do what they need to do and head over to a nearby pizza parlour. As we chatted we pondered on what a small world it had become; pals from Portugal and the UK sitting in an Italian restaurant in Sweden cooked by people from Turkey.



Meanwhile back at the gig, last minute preparations are being made in the soundcheck...

Luca Calabrese was on particularly good form. I love the clarity of his tone (not pictured)...



As the audience take their places I'm asked to snap the team before the show...

The team after the show...


Aftershow fun at IB HQ...


A brilliant evening. The IB Expo seems such a good way of producing music - no competition just lots of co-operation and exciting, different music. The IB folks are achieving something very special here.

After a couple of beers, those of us with an early start were driven back to the hotel.

It was about 2.30 a.m. when I turned off the light.

Zonked!

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Lecture In Lund

Being someone who goes to bed early (usually around 9.00 p.m.) if I tell you that my head didn’t touch the pillow last night until around 2.00 p.m., you’ll know that I spent most of today feeling pretty bushwacked. The fact that I woke up at my usual 6.00 a.m. time with just a little over four hours sleep in total, coupled with raging tooth-ache and general head-pain didn’t help either.

However, it’s amazing what the proximity of good company will do to lift your spirits.

Last night after Thomas picked me up from Copenhagen airport and drove us for around 30 - 40 minutes to his house, I met his partner, Annika and child, Otto. Thomas went upstairs to make the beds for their other houseguests who were due to arrive later that night.

When I say make the beds, I mean literally make the beds. As Annika and I chatted about the vagaries of freelance work, drilling and hammering could be heard upstairs as Thomas assembled the beds out of IKEA flatpacks for Noca, Angela, Catia and Luis who were traveling in from Portugal via Gothenburg.

Their arrival sometime after 1.00 a.m. meant we chatted and made introductions and I learned that in fact Luis and Catia had in fact just come in all the way from their holiday in new New York. I think they’d been awake for about two days! So my feeling a little bit tacky around the edges paled into insignificance as to how they must have been feeling.

Being up at my usual time meant I could think a little more about the lecture and also one or two other jobs which are looming large on the horizon when I return to Whitley Bay. Over breakfast Noca helped me tweak the slideshow I had planned to accompany the lecture. Luis and Noca told me that instead of relaxing for a day they intended to come in to Lund to hear the lecture.




The drive through the flat landscape was beautiful. I talked about our love for the Swedish series of Wallander and felt bizarrely at home in this place.



Having parked the car in a nearby side street, we walked through to the university passing some interesting looking private housing...




Thomas points to the building where we'll be doing the lecture...

Inside the hall...
Two and a half hours later, as far as I could tell, the lecture went well. Everything worked as it should have done from a technical point of view. Everything seemed to make sense, and the audience, though low in numbers, appeared engaged throughout the talk and indeed asked lots of questions at the end.

The minute it was all over the tooth-ache kicked in big time. I expect the adrenalin that kicked in at the start had been turned off toward the end. It was pitch black by the time we got back to Thomas's place and though everyone was tired a very enjoyable meal ensued.

Catia, Angela and Annika say hello...

Luis gets the Lumix flash at close quarters but manages to smile through it all...

Thomas and Noca chew the cud...

Meanwhile outside, it really begins to snow....

The same again but without the flash...

A lovely evening spent chatting to new friends. Bed at 2.00 a.m.

Zonked!

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