Leslie Lewis et Gérard Hagen "Bonjour de Paris". 13 Janvier 2019
Bonjour de Paris ...
We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah holiday season and New Years celebration. We wish you all the best for 2019. We enjoyed a quiet December 24th and 25th, two nice, calm days surrounded by a totally crazy rest of the month. It was pretty busy but it also wasn't overwhelming. We really enjoyed our gigs and we are starting the year in a very good place. Our six night "end of the year" run was so much fun. The progression from night 1 to night 6 was perfect in that we started with two nights as a duo, followed by two nights in trio with Peter Giron and finished with two nights featuring our quartet with Peter and Mourad Benhammou. Our sixth night was New Years Eve and was also pretty mellow compared to past years. We finished playing at 2:00 am and I think we were home by around 4:00 am. (In past years the sun was rising as we walked home from the gig!)
Leslie on New Year's Eve at Chez Papa Jazz Club, in Paris, FR.
In the coming months we are looking forward to some time on the road. We will be playing Soyaux, Sens, Bordeaux and Grenoble in France, Minsk Belarus, and a jazz cruise that will visit Messina Sicily, Argostóli, Monemvasía, Kalamáta, Náfplio, Mykonos, Iraklio in Greece, Valletta, Malta and Portoferraio, Italy. Later this summer we have plans for vacations (actual non-working trips) to Milan and Lake Como, Italy and a few days with friends in Porto, Portugal. We are always amazed and grateful for all of the experiences and the places that music has taken us. I am never surprised anymore by our travels, I just expect that every so often we will end up someplace that I never imagined I’d be. So we are curious about our gigs in Belarus later this month. Leslie has already informed me that she is buying a winter wardrobe for the trip. I don’t know exactly what that entails but I’m guessing it includes one of those faux fur hats with matching gloves. Like our tour in Japan, the musicians we are going to work with don’t speak English so any discussions about the music will require that we sing what we want them to play. Music is truly an international language.
Poster for our concerts at the Jazz Club Minsk in Minsk, Belarus.
So here’s to 2019 and the hope that all of our experiences will be the ones we desire and that the difficult times are manageable and leave us with some additional wisdom or at least strength.
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Until next time, Leslie et Gerard
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