Jet lag is all about time. Time differences between places, time spent on planes, time not slept. Coming back to the US from a recent trip to Asia with 12 hours time difference my jet lag experiences from US-Europe travels seems to pale compare to what I am going through. 12 hours time difference pretty much exactly turns the inner clock upside down. Typical symptoms include nausea, sleeplessness, sleepiness, lack of appetite, huge appetite and many more. I often hear questions like: are you over your jet lag already (one day after returning) or just get some sleep (after a night not being able to). What to do? Whilst the usual upper and downer methods I use in everyday life are travelers' best friends, my best bet is patience with myself and listening to my body. Good to know is, that the old rule of thumb 1 day per 1 hour time difference is somewhat true. I guess it all burns down to Socrates: Know Thyself.
Intensity and focus are just some of the words that come to mind, when I play ‘Le Vent dans La Plaine’. I love how the piece paints a picture of gusting winds, slamming windows shutters and blowing leaves.
I just returned from my China Tour 2018. What a wonderful success! I loved playing there, getting involved with teaching and judging, and I was able to use my still somewhat rudimentary Mandarin all the time. It was so much fun to be able to make new friends and to see so many different things. Looking back there were so many things I truly loved about my visit. Here are four of them:
Happy Valentines Day! What a beautiful celebration of love and romance. For me this is definitely a time to start thinking about Spring.
Playing Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard music is a great pleasure and also a big challenge. Besides the complications of playing baroque ornamentations, of mastering the rather difficult technical requirements, and of simply finding a compelling interpretation of a piece written so long ago, there’s also the huge question of truthfulness to a historic interpretation.
What a great experience to record for Spirio, Steinway’s high resolution player piano! Lots of people have asked how the process works, and it really is a bit of piano magic.
I am thrilled to announce my return to China next month! Some of you might recall my first China concert tour back in 2015. I absolutely loved my time there since it was outside of my comfort zone and way of life. Now in February 2018, it will be fantastic exploring new and familiar parts of this country.
Half a year ago I joined a gym. My main goal was to increase strength and energy levels. I had no idea how inspiring this decision would be!