Greetings from Tianjin, China, our first stop in our WVC Trio +1 China Tour 2013.
It’s been a fun trip so far, and we are here for quite a few days, from the 23rd till the 24th of May, where we will leave for Shanghai and stay for a night, then to Suzhou to play our second show. Our hosts in Tianjin had been more than gracious and generous (albeit a little disorganized with the program), treating us quite well, especially in the feeding part. As like our previous trips to China, we got to try all sorts of different dishes that you probably wouldn’t find back home (mine being the vegetarian variety, while my mates eat EVERYTHING else). And it’s not just the kinds of food, but also the amount. Talk about ridiculously large portions, and many dishes, too. I think we feel really bad that a lot of it would go to waste, simply because it was too much to finish.
The music part of it was fun, too. Our concert went well, relatively responsive and good attendance by a lot of students from the Tianjin Conservatory. We got to do some workshops and master classes as well. In addition, we also got to meet with one of the faculty of the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), trumpeter and educator, Joe Parisi. He is there to shape up the Conservatory Big Band to perform a few big band pieces for their show (which takes place tonight, at the time of writing). Also, we may get to meet and watch one of the most killer saxophone quartets in the world, the Prism Saxophone Quartet. Our band will also do a short set of our songs, and Joe Parisi will also join us for two tunes tonight, so it’s going to be lots of fun.
Good start to the trip. Looking forward to the rest of our shows in China!
Till the next post.
(PS: this post is available, courtesy of VPN and also the hotel wifi, LOL!)