I am very excited to start this new blog. My old blog slowly faded out. In spite of my various attempts to resuscitate it, it just became stale and mostly, very slow. Also, its address was nuke.alessiobax.com, which I always found weird. So, here I am, taking full advantage of the Google empire and trying this out. My old blog will still be up for a while, so by all means, go and visit it so that you know why I changed.
So, where to start. There is just so much to say since my last entry on the old site, that it's probably easier to start fresh.
(le) poisson rouge, on 158 Bleecker Street. "Bach Transcribed" has finally been released in the US (following Japan first, then Europe) and it's time for a celebration. I will play some works from the CD and have invited my friend, and amazing jazz pianist/composer Dan Tepfer to be a guest and play excerpts from his Goldberg Variations project where he plays the variations and improvises on them. It's going to be a lot of fun. Many of my friends will be there and it will really be a celebration of everything Bach....
On the 3rd I have been asked to record a national TV ad for AMEX. I have never done such a thing, but am really looking forward to this new experience. In order to do it I had to change my ticket to Guatemala and the new itinerary is less than perfect. I will leave that same night at 3am, arrive in Guatemala at 915am, rehearse with Lucille the big two piano program and play the concert that same evening. Oh, the joys of traveling!! At least I managed to keep the return portion of the itinerary on American Airlines. That's one thing I am proud of. Last month I became an Executive Platinum for the fourth year in a row, and that really makes next year's travel a lot easier. Airlines have definitely found a way to keep customers loyal, or at least to keep me loyal.
Now off to cook! I ran 5 miles today in a pretty decent time, so Lucille and I are more than ready for the nice rib roast (rare, of course) which I am going to slow-cook right now with a side of grilled fennel perhaps. I might even have to open a nice red wine to go with it, since all I have left at home are a couple of really good bottles... :-)
I am so excited about tomorrow, and hope everyone (including myself) will have a great time!
Welcome to the new blog!