Monday, September 18, 2017

End of Summer Into Fall, Part 2

Yes, there's more.

08/27. Nisei Week Ondo.

The Nisei Week Ondo marks the end of the Obon season. It was less populated this year, which made it a bit more enjoyable. I didn't dance at this one either. Actually, I've never danced at this one. Somehow it is less inviting, although this year is the only year I considered dancing.

Some miscreants scaling a local building.

Actually, I talked to them later in the day. They were nice kids having some fun. I'm glad they didn't get caught.

The Elvis' are at many of the Obons. This is the first time I've
seen this young guy, usually it is just the old guys. Mostly
really old guys. It is good to see that they are thinking of the future.

I see these enthusiastic guys at a lot of the Obons, but as individ-
uals. Today they found each other and jumped for joy.

I take a shot of this prison whenever I can find an excuse.

09/02. Hats from the Masonic Museum in the Marciano Museum in the old Scottish Rite Auditorium.

I have a thing for caps and hats. Needless to say, this place was an eye-opener. There are several I wouldn't mind having.

09/04. A new old instrument - the Cornu.
An instrument of the ancient (Hey, what's going on with the spelling rule: "i" before "e" except after "c?") Roman Legions. This horn was made by Brad Close. He made one for himself first. You can see it hanging on the wall in the top photo. I had him make one for me, with a receiver that could take a bass trombone mouthpiece, be a bit more conical and most importantly in pieces so that I can break it down for travel. A horn shaped like this one is very delicate and I intend to use it. I don't want damaged getting it around town. Brad didn't like doing it, but he did a very fine job. 

09/07. Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Fred is an improvising cellist based in Chicago, soon to move to New York. He had a performance scheduled in Los Angeles and was kind enough to ask me to join him for an improvisation. It went very well. Quite a lot of fun actually. It also gave me an excuse to have dinner at Fusion Burgers.

The two Michaels. Michael I., in the background; Michael V., in the foreground. Michael V., is not asleep, he is listening deeply.

09/12. Carl Stone.

Carl was also in town. A performance was offered at Art Share L.A. First was a duet with Akaihirume, followed by two improvisations with the large ensemble adding Tania Chen, Kio Griffith, Hans Fjellestad and yours truly. Masa Tsuzuki did the sound. It was Akaihirume's birthday. The cake was tasty. 

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