Mr.Gary Washburn, Honoka'a High School Music Director, held a concert at the Honoka'a People's Theatre. His music students are often highlighted there, but this time the focus was him.
He presented two sets, one traditional jazz music of his composition. The second set was his opus.
He played his first set with some music buddies who, like him, somehow make a living on this rock playing music, their passion.
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In the second set, Gary and Alex play prepared pianos, meaning that they have been instrumented to allow both of them to reach into the guts of the piano and pluck the strings instead of hitting the keys.
The stage contained an amazing array of percussion instruments. Check out that beautiful singing bowl on the rosewood stand, and the gong at the back.
The musicians signaled to each other throughout the eight movements.
At the Intermission, the Emcee annnounced that a tsunami was headed directly for the islands. We were safe here at 1000 feet, but we might want to warn any loved ones in harms way.
Unfortunately Faye was sleeping over at Ivy's house, and they live in a tsumani inundation zone on the west side of the island. I had BG contact Ivy's mom with the news.
At the end of the Intermission, the Emcee once again addressed us, this time with stories of his long musical relationship with Gary. Slowly he brought our attention to the second set, the reason we were all here. We were about to listen to "Earth Life: October Full Moon."
All photos (except this one) courtesy of Sarah Anderson
I’d seen three of the four musicians perform before. Gary Washburn played horns at the Blue Dragon when I went to hear his Legacy Jazz Band. This night he played the grand piano. The other piano player was Alex Czerny, who played twice for Third Thursday Thrive.
One of the percussionists, Noa Eads, had been Gary’s student. I saw him play that night at the Blue Dragon too. The fourth performer, Doug Johnson, played the stranger percussion instruments.
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