How do you like the above photo. A fellow by the name of James Grimaldi shot some drone footage of the Dyngus Day Parade and I was able to capture this shot of the sun behind St. Stanislaus Church and above the Buffalo Skyline. I like how Peckham Street, where I lived as a child, is all aglow. I can just make out my house. By the way, I have been thinking for a while now about getting a
drone myself, and if I were to do such a thing I'd use it to get some good aerial shots of the church... but I don't think I will do it. This is good enough. Thank you James Grimaldi.
Anyway, I had a great time with family and friends at the parade and later enjoyed my evening stroll along the Niagara River trying to get a shot of the Peace Bridge. I had heard that the Bridge authorities had plans to use red and
white lighting as part of the Dyngus Day celebration, so I thought I should drive down there for a picture. I parked at LaSalle Park then waited for it to get dark enough. What a beautiful sunset! Then I took the 15 minute walk to the Bridge along the new bike path. Wow! So nice... After taking a number of shots, I returned to my car and drove closer to the bridge to get a few shots from a different angle. I must say I am not at all satisfied with the quality of my photography. By then I was too tired to go the Millennium Hotel for Val's Dyngus Day Party which I seem too miss every year. Finally I stayed up until 3 a.m. putting together my parade video so viewers could watch it with their morning coffee. I mean, who wants to watch it two or three days later!
Here is my 2017 Dyngus Day Parade video and a nice photo of my posse:
April 20, 2017 - Teton Guitar Collaboration
So I will spend the next day or two putting together video clips of me playing two Teton guitars. Tetons are my favorites! Then I will forward the clips to Teton so they can film and attach the intro and outtro. I am honored to be asked to collaborate with the folks at Teton. Have a good day! The completed video should be posted on Teton TV sometime in May.
April 22, 2017 - Concert at Hochstien School of Music and Dance
Performed by Jolanta Ziemska, Pianist, and Maciej Ziemski, Guitar
in a concert of music by Chopin, Piazzola, Boccherini, Brahms, and other favorites
Saturday, April 22nd, 4:00 pm
Hilda D. Taylor Hall, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.
Free and open to the public.
Jolanta Ziemska and Maciej Ziemski graduated with awards from the Music Academy in Łódź, Poland and have been performing together as Duo Klavitarre for twelve years. Their brilliance, together with their stage experience in various countries: Poland, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Austria, Venezuela, Canada, USA and South Korea, offers a polished and lively interpretation combined with astounding sound. Their repertoire includes Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern pieces. With their own arrangements of works of Chopin, Piazzolla, Tansman, Bach, Boccherini, Mozart, and others, the two musicians bring an amazing development to the music world. As soloists, they took part in many international competitions, and performed solo, in chamber ensembles, and with orchestras all over the world.
Hochstein School of Music and Dance
Jolanta Ziemska and Maciej Ziemski
I attended the Jolanta Ziemska and Maciej Ziemski concert and today at Hochstein and they were brilliant! Sensational! It amazes me that people can have such talent and perform so flawlessly. The Ziemskis played tangos, nocturnes, waltzes and a variety of classical pieces on guitar an piano. The following video, "Introduction and Fandago" by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) is one of the pieces they played at the concert.
If you did not attend, I have to say you missed something special. Oh well, too bad... but they are on tour, so maybe you will have a chance to see them in another venue if you are lucky.
OblivionAstor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
CavatinaStanley Myers (1933-1993)
Introduction and FandangoLuigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
Waltz in C Sharp Minor Op. 64 No. 2 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9 no. 2Chopin
CsárdásVittorio Monti (1868-1922)
Racuerdos de la Alhambra Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909)
Romance de amor Vincente Gomez (1911-2001)
Cuatro piezas para dosGerhard Schwertberger (1941-2014)
Hungarian Dance in G Minor No.5Johannes Brahms (1806-1862)
Tango en SkaïRoland Dyens (1955-2016)
Hilda D. Taylor Recital Hall Stage at Hochstein School of Music and Dance
April 23, 2017 - Spring has returned to Rochester ... I hope!
*** Bike Ride Video #16: Cobbs Hill Via Washington Grove ***
I videotaped my ride to Cobbs Hill today, but instead of my usual route I decided to approach the summit of the hill the back way through Washington Grove. Washington Grove is a special place. It's a semi-secluded wooded area near the center of the city and a favorite stopping-off area for migrant songbirds and other birds not as musically talented. The first part of May is the best time to see the birds. I went last year, but was a little too late to see anything other than a few woodpeckers. I usually bike to the top the Cobbs Hill once each week on the average, but this was the first time I carried my bike up the hill through the woods. Biking is not allowed in the grove but I don't think anyone would object to carrying a bike through the grove.
About Part l: It's truncated. Part l was was meant to be 29 minutes long and include my stroll through Washington Grove at Cobbs Hill Park. Unfortunately, the second half of the video kept disappearing for some reason not matter how many times I reprossessed it. (Initially it was in, but then it was out. Weird.) The second half of the video, now Part ll, in my opinion was the better part, so here they are:
May 27, 2017 - This spring has been the pits!
I have been looking forward to biking in temps at least in the seventies, but it has been too cool or rainy for me to get into the mood. I did manage, however, to get out a few times, once to bike from Buffalo, New York over the Peace Bridge into Canada and again to take a short hike along Eighteen Mile Creek in Hamburg, N.Y. Here are my YouTube videos or the two outings:
PolishFest in Latham, New York
I am very much looking forward to attending this huge Polish celebration near Albany, NY. Photos and videos will be posted HERE.
Oh, by the way, I recently sold a duet concertina to a Japanese musician living in Tokyo. I have been reluctant to sell to customers out of the USA because the shipping charges can be excessive. However, if the customer is willing to take care of the shipping charges, I would be happy to ship internationally. Hadyen-duet concertinas are getting to be very popular and I am having a bit of trouble keeping them in stock. More have been ordered and are on the way!
Friday, June 2, 2017 - On the road to PolishFest NY in Latham
Since I was travelling east on the NYS Thruway and had the time, I decided to stretch my legs and pay a short visit to the new Old Erie Canal Park in Port Byron. I'm a bit of an Erie Canal buff and I really enjoyed the visit. Check out my photos on the right.
If you would like to view photos and videos, and read about my PolishFest experiences, please CLICK HERE.
Port Byron OLD ERIE CANAL Heritage Park
June 10 & 11, 2017 - Mississauga Polish Day/Cracovia Folk Festival
According to one of the festival officials, Mississauga (near Toronto Ontario) is the home of 50,000 Polish-Canadians. Every summer they hold a huge party at Celebration Square in the center of town, so this year (after paying my respects at the Polish Soldier's Cemetery in Niagara-On-The-Lake) I finally got around to checking it out. Then later on, I drove to London, ON for the Cracovia Folklore Festival the next day. Both events were spectacular. The following videos represent only a small portion of the performances:
June 17, 2017 - Milwaukee Polish Fest
I won't be there, but I had a blast last year. (CLICK HERE). I hope you can go. Instead this weekend I will be biking in Canada with family. It's our 10th year and we even have t-shirts. Should be fun; hot and muggy, but fun. Next weekend is the Syracuse Fest, but I will miss that one too. I have something really special planned, so check this page at the end of June to find out what it is.