I wrote a post back in December of 2011 describing almost exactly what I'm doing now, and I just found it while combing through old emails. A beautiful double-epiphany of realization, both that I wanted these things then and that I have actually found a way to do them, now. I'm not done yet. There is still so much to do and learn, but I might actually be headed down the right path and that is HUGE.
If you don't know HOW it is I am doing those things now, check out Church of Beethoven-Tucson and ChamberLab. Yes, that's me with the bassoon and the train and the AMAZING Chris Black.
Larry's Music = CLOSED. Unceremoniously and without warning. I'm currently investigating every music store in town, as well as all music academies, for options. So far, it seems all of them will require added cost and travel for my families and for me. Larry's Music wasn't exactly nice, but the location was perfect and it allowed me to keep my rates incredibly low. Bassoon is already the most expensive instrument to rent and I think impossible to master without lessons. Renting space from an existing music studio is going to be the best option, but I need to find a place with just the right magical combination of location, cost, and available space.
I suppose I should have seen the writing on the wall when the light switch in the bathroom never got fixed and the owner told his employees to let the phone ring, and ring, and ring. Can't bring in business if nobody answers the phone and the voice mail is full.. for months! Ugh. Very Not Ideal.
In the mean time, if you have any ideas or know anyone with a studio to rent that doesn't mind all levels of bassoonering going on next door, Leave a Comment!
Freelance bassoonist and carpenter of the reedy persuasion in Tucson, AZ.
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