I’m looking forward to collaborating with tubist John Manning and choreographer Charlotte Adams at the University of Iowa again in a few months. Chaz’s latest choreography will begin with me playing horn—probably something quite Kaddish-like, yet!—while lying flat on my back on the floor. I assured Chaz that this can be done, and tonight I thought I’d better make sure about that.
I’ve got some work ahead of me to get better at playing this way. Breath control is harder—and having just gotten back from a four mile run probably didn’t help with that, nor did my feeling like I was going to hurl because of the cheese I’d eaten before I went running. Mouthpiece pressure is harder, because my arms are holding the horn away from my face more than up to my face in the usual way. Water-rattling noises start sooner and are more prominent because holding a horn upside-down does not optimize its drainage patterns.