Thursday, May 24, 2007

Successful concert with UPOL

Yesterday we had a great concert with University Symphonic Winds Ljubljana. As described before, we played the Queen Symphony. Our preformance was good, and people were suprised with our sound.

Here are two photos from the concert:

And link to some other beautiful high resolution photos from the practice:

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Practicing with helicon leadpipe

Tuba players usually don't like practicing with mouthpiece. I believe reason for that is the requirement to the huge amount of air (usually poor sound). Playing with smaller mouthpiece (ex. trumpet) is much louder and easier in that view. If you add lead pipe of helicon or sousaphone, these problems are suddenly reduced. I recommend it to everyone who doesn't have nerves to practice with mouthpiece only. If you do have nerves, you should continue with using only mouthpiece (you are forced to work harder).

I will publish the sound comparison (mouthpiece only and using lead pipe) later...

Monday, May 21, 2007

Pre-concert Queen Symphony!

Tonight at 21.00 we will have a test pre-concert with UPOL. I will report about it tommorow or late tonight.

EDIT: I just came back home from the pre-concert. I think it will be good concert in Wednesday! If you will be in Ljubljana, come there to listen, it's free!

Hitchhiking with tuba

In Friday I hitchhiked about 50 km with tuba. Actually that wasn't for the first time. I HH with tuba about 4 times before. It's not such a big problem at all. The driver must have free back-seats, and that is all. So, I rejected only one car. I believe that I could easily hitchhike through the Europe with tuba. All I would need is time. There is also a problem, if you don't want travel alone. Often there is not enough space for one more men.

Anyway, the other day I was at home before bus, saved 7€, meet few new people, had great time...

Playing with percussionist Evelyn Glennie

In July we (IYWO) will play with world famous percussionist Evelyn Glennie. We will play Percussion Concerto by Joseph Schwantner (USA) - Schott-Helicon arr. Andrew Boysen. I am really proud to work with such people as Evelyn Glennie. It will be a great experience. I can't wait!!

Check also her homepage:

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

IYWO msn group!

All members of the IYWO 2007 (Ireland), please join the our msn group!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

UPOL poster!

A nice poster for our 'Queen Symphony' concert next week! I hope it will be a great concert. Come on and see!

Friday, May 11, 2007


Piano exam: 23.5.2007
Tuba exam: ~10.6.2007
Solffegio exam: 2.7.2007

Can't hardly wait...not!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Kar Ces Brass Band in Bovec?

Wind band Eta Cerkno will have a over-week practice in Bovec. All the members of Kar Ces Brass Band except me are permanent members of that wind band. So I will probably go there too, to have some practice with our band. We will probably have a concert-party in Saturday at night. Come on and see! I will confirm it...

EDIT: We won't play there, because a few members are not avalible.

Monday, May 7, 2007


Yesterday I played with Medvode wind band. We were in Dolina in Trieste. It was a nice experience. We played mostly marches, but it was fun anyway. I played on sousaphone, which is in property of their band (Yamaha). Usually I play on helicon, so it was a little bit different this time. Firstly it has 3 pistons and not 4. Sound is also different (bursting, plastic) and directed in other direction. Second piston also did not run clearly, so it was a little 'harder' to play. Unrenewed homepage, but anyway link:

In previous post I wrote about Morricone. It is a very big coincidence, that we (Wind band Idrija) will play the soundtrack right from that movie (Once upon the...). The title is A moment for Morricone, arr. Johan de Mej. There are two themes from the movie. You can listen one in previous post, the other one is more slowly and with vocal. Our vocal will be a Elvira Hasanagic. She is a very good sopran vocal and she is from Idrija. I think she will be perfect for that song. We will play it at the opening of the Lace Festival on 22/07/07.
Check who is Elvira Hasanagic and Andrej Lazar in video from concert in December 2005! (Con te partiro)

Next weekend I'm going to Komen (near Italy) to intensively exercises for University Symphonic Winds. We will have a concert on 23/05/07 in the hall of FDV faculty. We'll play Queen Symphony.
Everyone invited!