¿Welcome to Quebec?

My welcome to Canada was not at all as I expected…first of all I was really tired because I wanted to spend the most possible time with my friends in Chicago before I leave.. so when I arrived in Montréal I just wanted to meet up with Luc and sleep.. or at least get rid of my luggage. but there was this huge line for customs… finally I made it to the counter.. some questions okay.. but then I had to go to immigration… me and two other guys where there, everyone else could pass without problems.. more questions.. I really don’t want to stay here forever.. hm.. okay.. I found my backpack and thought I would head to the center (I was already 2 hours late). but no.. this was not the way it would work out.. I had to go to see another policeman who checked my bags and my recorder again. more questions.. what could I possibly do with my wooden recorder.. but.. yeah.. I guess he’s never seen anything like this.. so lot’s and lot’s of questions on my instrument, my savings, friends etc.etc…he checked my recorder for drugs asked my about my Zoom h4n  … okay I’ll stop now.. So I arrived downtown  hmmm.. maybe 3 hours later than expected and I could not find Luc.. so I had to wait more.. at this point I was really tired and sad and cold, the weather here is not the nicest at the moment.
I was really not in a good mood for Montréal and I just wanted to go back to Chicago 🙂
so yesterday, my first whole day here, I decided to allow myself to be sad.. but I have to say it is getting better and better…yesterday was quite nice.. I spent about 2 hours at Notre-Dame Basilica … it is really beautiful. someone was playing organ and I stepped out of the city and found myself in another world! Sometimes I enjoy going to churches, basilicas… I liked the way the guy played the organ.. the part I preferred most was when he played really low notes and you could (or at least I felt it 🙂 ) feel the vibrations spreading through the main room there… I had to think of Substrata and the Tim Hecker performance in Seattle again probably because Tim Hecker is living in Montréal…
Today it’s rainy again.. where is the sun? I was walking around in Rosemont and Little Italy.. what made my think a lot of Ottakring in Vienna.. now I’m in Mont Royal .. I like it better here.. found a nice coffe store and try to figure some things out.. where to go, what to do.. so far I’m going to a party this evening.. let’s change my first impression of Montréal to a great 2 months stay here…

good morning my Polish plumbers

nearly every day I wake up because of heavy noise from some working next door. one day the walls were moving and some dirt fall from the wall.. I was really afraid that they would break a hole into the wall. today I woke up ’cause of long never ending knocking on the door, there they were again.. my friends the polish plumbers, they ask me to turn on the water and then told me that they have to shut down the water for two hours. oh yes two hours.. that was about three hours ago and when I left they told me.. we change the whole pipe.. yeah.. so no water for me I guess…

I’m in Chicago now for more then two weeks. after my John Cage experience I spent a lot of time with a french couchsurfer Axelle.. she is a great cook.. I miss that someone is cooking for me 😉

On Friday and half through Saturday I was waiting for an other couchsurfer to arrive but she changed plans a lot and finally didn’t show up.. I was really bored.. and a little bit offended so I started playing. Here you can listen to the outcome of my waiting waiting.. waiting…     waiting….

This weekend my experimental music experience in Chicago started. On Saturday I was at the ESS (experimental sound studio) where Michael Thieke a german clarinetist and composer played a solo concert. Sunday I went to the Lincoln Park Conservatory where the opening of the sound installation “wood music/Holzmusik” from Michael in cooperation with ESS took place. I think the ESS is a great place, a place for music and interdisciplinary artwork. They have a whole house and a nice garden in the backyard for concerts and where for example next Sunday a wine tasting paired with music takes place. One of their aims is to build an archive of experimental music in Chicago. I’m happy that I found this place and I’m going to spend some time there while I’m in Chicago. Through the amazing people at ESS I also get to know lot’s of interesting people, artists and venues for sure. And I want to add that I feel very comfortable at ESS.

So yesterday evening I went to a weekly concert series at the hungry brain. Two bands were playing

SET I: Summerfield/Lonberg-Holm/Kirchner/Rosaly
SET II: Thieke/Gregorio/Baker/Zerang

Both sets were very energetic and I enjoyed listening to them. I had the impression that the second set was  more calm, although there was a lot going on too. I felt that there was a different kind of listening in both sets and for sure for every musician too. They seemed to enjoy themselves and I felt a desire to play myself.


at the hungry brain before the show