Lovely to be back in Zagreb which is looking picturesque, especially the old town, covered in snow and ice. I’ve been giving some masterclasses to talented cellists, and had a great impro session today with the celebrated Zagreb soloists, with whom I play in their 55th birthday concerts on Monday and Tuesday; Haydn C major, and some new arrangements of Golijov, Piazzolla and Jobim for cello and strings. I was taken out to lunch today by a colleague, who was about to order a fish stew with eels and frogs, but the waiter said it would take too long (we had a rehearsal deadline). I was a little relieved, but maybe I should go back and try it? After all, I did try a sheeps brain in Kazakhstan a few years ago…not terribly pleasant if I remember rightly…
Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.