when two of your favorite musician friends ask you to contract strings and play for their senior recitals that are two days apart... you say yes.
the first was mitch. mitch and i have been friends and fellow orchestra nerds since middle school. i remember playing concerts with him in his fedora and me in my shiny white shirt. i spent most of my senior year of high school at his high school football games instead of my own. he is easily the best trumpet player i know and it was an enormous pleasure to contract for his recital. he's one of those guys that is making it right here and now and inspires me continuously.
the second recital was ryan's. ryan was one of the first composers i met at csun. i played on a cue for his composition class and he ended up inviting me to join a string quartet that would later come to be known as the whyman project. ryan gave me a chance and ended up helping my career as a recording violinist. and he is easily the best pianist i know. this guy pulls music out of thin air that blows your mind. he has the most innovative ear for harmonies and texture. his recital had the largest audience that i had ever seen in that tiny hall. standing room only. a whymaniac adventure.
i love helping my talented friends. they've done so much for me, i felt like this was my thank you to them for their friendship. i love making beautiful music with beautiful people.