Jet way versus air stair? Most major airports use jet ways, but as frequent traveler I do come across the air stair on occasion. A jet way is btw. that movable bridge connecting the airport terminal gate to a plane. The air stair is just a staircase from the Tarmac into the airplane. It is something I much prefer, since it leaves me with a clear impression of what I get myself into. Even small planes are pretty huge once we stand right next to them. It's quite a rush to see up close. Embarking via air stair gives me that tiny rush of the bygone romance and excitement of aviation. Nowadays realities like tight seat rows (under 30 inches forward space in economy!), luggage battles (I now only fly with carry on luggage having lost too many checked bags) and meals (I have no words...) become an easy burden in light of the air stair, the awe of a machine that flies, and the romance and excitement of aviation...
...or do they?
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!