First show in Hsinchu

I felt like the jet lag was mostly shaken off when we arrived in Taiwan and I was looking forward to playing the eight shows we had scheduled. The first concert was just flute and piano which we were a little worried about because the venue was fairly large. I am always wondering if my music will translate to a large crowd with just a two piece.  I met my new accompanist Oren Dashti at KHS where we rehearsed. KHS is a major retailer in Taiwan who generously lent me an Altus bass flute for the duration of the tour.  
Oren is originally from Israel but has lived in Taiwan for over ten years and speaks Mandarin fluently.  He is very active playing jazz in a number of different groups. We had only corresponded through email where I had sent him my charts and mp3 a month earlier. He had worked on my material quite a bit on his own and we were able to put together the program without much problem.
 It was a long drive from the city of Hsinchu to the International Conference Hall which is up the mountain.  Our set up was very basic, just one ambient microphone for the flute and nothing for the grand piano. You can see I am standing back quite far from the mic which is really just giving the both of us a bit of support.   It is nice to perform simply this way without drums , bass and monitors etc. etc. You can see Oren is using an IPad where he can read the charts.

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