Today I was supposed to have an organ demonstration for a group of art students but it got postponed to Tuesday. Instead, I practiced the 1st page of Toccata for Eric by Paul Ayres 10 times. Then came Grazina Petrauskaite to practice in the church for her Saturday recital. I went downstairs and lifestreamed a couple of her pieces while walking around the church. Since I didn't have much to do while she practiced, I went to the Music Academy to hang a poster. When I came back, I shared the video I made earlier.
After lunch I had a podcast conversation with Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, my organ professor at Eastern Michigan University back in 2001-2002. I met her a year ago in Paslek, Poland at the organ festival there. We talked about improvisation, playing carrilon, composition and lifting up marginalized voices with music.
Bought "Contrastes" by Denis Bedard on his website cheldar.com.
Wrote 3 emails inviting 3 composers to be my guests on the Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast - Carson Cooman, Paul Ayres and Denis Bedard. Cooman agreed at once. We have scheduled it for November the 1st.
Wrote a message to the Dominican brothers here in Vilnius asking for information whom to contact if I wanted to take a look and try out their carillon with our Unda Maris studio. Received an answer with a contact less than an hour later. Will write to him tomorrow.
In the evening I colored one of the Pinky and Spiky comics I drew during lunch and watched "Bones" on TV about an investigation of the murder of a girl who had aging disease. Finished the day by writing about it and reading David Sedaris' diary.
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