daily kaddish: supine


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.

About erin

Erin Vang, PMP, BMus, MMus, is Owner and Principal Pragmatist of the consultancy Global Pragmatica LLC®, offering custom JMP scripting, localization program management, and facilitative leadership services. She is also an orchestral horn player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area and plays assorted brass for the celebrated dance bands Midnight Smørgåsbord and contraPtion. More about Erin…
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