Just back from the European premiere of A Book of Hours at the vs. Interpretation festival in Prague. Not only was it the European premiere, it was the first time I had all three of the vocalists together on stage: Theo Bleckmann, Audrey Chen, and Phil Minton. Wow. That is just an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the human voice. Honored to share a stage with them, let alone have them perform my (our!) music.

This project is now ready for the road. Hopefully, more performance opportunities will present themselves soon.

Many thanks to vs. Interpretation and the Agosto Foundation for making this possible.

http://www.vsinterpretation.org/2016/book-hours-bob-ostertag-0

Beyond A Book of Hours, there were many festival highlights for me:

Hearing Mazen Kerbaj and Sharif  Sehnaoui play with Tony Buck and long-time collaborator Christine Abdelnour

Finally hearing percussion virtuoso Le Quan Ninh

And hearing the incredible bamboo flute organ of instrument builder Hans van Koolwijk

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Hans van Koolwijk’s amazing bamboo flute organ, vs. Intertation Festival, Prague, 2016

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with Hans van Koolwijk at the vs. Intertation Festival, Prague, 2016

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Hans van Koolwijk’s amazing bamboo flute organ, vs. Intertation Festival, Prague, 2016

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Hans van Koolwijk’s amazing bamboo flute organ, vs. Intertation Festival, Prague, 2016

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Hans van Koolwijk’s amazing bamboo flute organ, vs. Intertation Festival, Prague, 2016

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Hans van Koolwijk’s amazing bamboo flute organ, vs. Intertation Festival, Prague, 2016

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With drum master Ninh Lê Quan at the Vs. Interpretation Festival, Prague, 2016.

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