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I love Vermont! August 28, 2013

Filed under: HuaHua,Music,Travelog — Jung @ 4:11 am

Fab time making music with the best ppl at the Central Vermont Music Festival this summer. HuaHua even made it in the papers TWICE — I am a proud mama Smile

HuaHua on Vermont Standard

HuaHua on the Herald

San Francisco Sourdough Starter I used:
san fracisco sourdough starter

and love my super strong kitchen torch for Crème brûlée Smile
Kitchen Torch

Judge for a day :-) January 30, 2011

Filed under: Music,Travelog — Jung @ 11:59 pm

Judging a competition in Bridgeport, CT today. Didn’t really like the idea that I had this much power over some poor kids for a few hours in their lives, but made it fun anyway. Bridgeport is one gorgeous place! Had a ball even after, toro and sake and all the Japanese goodness… Thanks, Ben Smile

Bridgeport, CT, view from the University

The finalists awaiting the announcement of the winners

believe… November 8, 2010

Filed under: Music — Jung @ 8:46 pm

Just heard Tim live, blown away, beyond moved…

Juliet’s Death July 8, 2009

Filed under: Music — Jung @ 7:05 am

Haven’t closed my eyes since walking home from my 4th time to ABT’s performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet at the Met late last night (smooches to Linda for the most fabulous seats Smile ). The final scene hunts me for — don’t know how many years now. Really should write a transcription of it for myself…

The morning sun outside is hurting my eyes… what glorious music…

Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony Orchestra — Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (Scenes from the Ballet): XXIX. Juliet’s Death

Minimalist for a day June 21, 2009

Filed under: Music — Jung @ 8:00 pm

I am the one at the left piano with my very goth black loooong dress…
Make Music New York, Jung Lin

Played our New York premiere of Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato in Make Music New York today ON THE STREET under a tent, after 2 hour sleep and 4 hour teaching =P

But, FUN!!! Rain came in and out, lots of people stayed for the whole thing, was told by two enthusiastic audience afterward that they drove in from DC just to hear us!

A whole recording and filming crew was there, during the performance, the wind even blew a heavy high def video camera down, smashed into my arm and landed on my piano keyboard making a big BANG to say the least… LOL quite a scare but I had a few chuckles…

We did many many hours of rehearsals the whole week, my very first time playing a minimalistic work, the kind of focus needed to perform it was something I’ve never experienced before… quite glad I did this.

Check out the mentions of us on New York Times & The New Yorker

If you want to catch us doing this again, I will be playing it with Jed on Aug 14th, 2009, 6 pm at the Cornelia Street Cafe Smile

Franck Piano Quintet April 22, 2009

Filed under: Music — Jung @ 6:50 pm

This Quintet was Franck’s very last composition. The story says, Franck was madly in love with his pupil, a very talented young woman composer who was, unfortunately, happily married. The poor old Franck could only bury his passion in this work.

Saint-Saëns, a student at the conservatory at the time, was the pianist who premiered the composition. At the end of the performance, Franck, extremely happy with it, in front of the audience, gave the manuscript to Saint-Saëns as a token of appreciation. A genitor later found it left on the stage — Saint-Saëns didn’t take the score, for that he was in love with the same woman…

hah, I am a sucker (excuse my language) for this kind of stories… Wink I heard the music was not published until after Franck’s wife passed away — she wouldn’t allow it… sigh…

Molto moderato quasi lento

Lento, con molto sentimento

Allegro non troppo, ma con fucco

Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Pennario, Israel Baker, William Primrose, Gregor Piatigorsky performing.

This recording always gets me boiled up… I could hear the impassioned and saddened heart beats restlessly in this gorgeous performance…

A preview for you, FrankenBob, until I record my own — it suits your mood and all our moods… hope the weather in England gets better… Smile

Fun Night :-) April 20, 2009

Filed under: food,Friends,Music — Jung @ 1:34 pm

Making dinner at bff Linda’s last night. Had mover packed up all my books — didn’t have enough time nor resources to sketch up a more complexed menu… But it was still a tasty dinner, well, I assume, and as I was told Smile since I didn’t eat any of the food — on the 4th day of my raw vege juice fast — trying to regain my health. 

Chilled Yellow Tomato Soup with Avocado Sorbet

Chilled Yellow Tomato Soup with Avocado Sorbet (my fav soup in the world)

Arugula and Watercress Salad with Vanilla Bean and Cracked Pepper Dressing

Arugula and Watercress Salad with Vanilla Bean and Cracked Pepper Dressing

Pappardelle Bolognese

Pappardelle Bolognese (one of my favorite things to make, love making pasta from scratch and Mario Batali’s Bolognese recipe is to die for…)

Espresso Torrone with Drunken Cherries

Espresso Torrone with Drunken Cherries

Went off to hear my dear friend Jed‘s jazz piano performance after at Cafe Vivaldi, the lady singing in the clip actually works at the cafe bar… Enjoyed it very much, fun night Smile

Becoming spoiled :-) March 11, 2009

Filed under: Hello Kitty,Music,Toys,Travelog — Jung @ 2:13 am

Have been practicing at Yamaha Artist Service Center Taipei daily, where I get to go online with government owned Wifly public wifi which only cost 500 Taiwanese Dollar for 1 month unlimited usage. My parents’ home where I have been staying at has no internet… imagine!!!!

People at YASC Taipei are sooooo kind, they not only let me bang the hell out of their pristine piano in this soundproof room, they worry about my lunch, dinner, and water supply, I am treated sooooooo well here, I almost want to move in! Smile

Here are a few pix of my practicing condition

Hello Kitty

The Hello Kitty collectable stuff toys and the Hello Kitty cash card with smart chip for 7-11, are gifts from Mr. Hung, the manager here, who on his off duty day just came in to bring me these gifts after he read about my thing with HK on the newspaper (the reporter must have gotten it off my silly blog here… Smile ), did I say I am spoiled here? Wink

Yamaha piano

At times updating FB for bff Linda, she has all my FB updates sent to her phone, don’t know how she does it, hmm… Smile

front view

Outside of one window, Taipei 101, the tallest building in the world right now! It only took me 3 days to realize it was outside of my practicing room, I guess I wasn’t looking… Smile

left view

Another side of the window, looks a little Time Square like.

Sound Devices 722

Charging my fab new toy Sound Devices 722, just tested the sound yesterday, it is fantastic!!! Don’t know how something so small could be so fabulous — love love love it!


Three thermostats for my comfort… Should I say I am getting really very spoiled? Wink hmm, time to actually practice the piano now…

The National Concert Hall! March 10, 2009

Filed under: Music,Travelog — Jung @ 11:44 pm

At the Taiwan National Concert Hall during dress rehearsal today.

Taiwan National Concert Hall

The good looking concertmaster was my classmate and chamber partner at age 10! Smile I can’t remember ever being that young any longer…

Taiwan National Concert Hall

The orchestra manager, Louise, who worked so hard for us, thanks Smile

Taiwan National Concert Hall

Really love this hall, the look and the acoustic… hmm, forgot to take pictures of it from outside, it is gorgeous. This was a tough day, 1 p.m. practicing on the stage, 4 p.m info. dress rehearsal, 7:30 p.m. concert!

Taipei has changed entirely since my childhood, it is really beautiful. After the concert, I hung with my big brother, Ray, just the two of us at the Brown Sugar Jazz Club, listening to a singer I actually heard of when I was young. Really enjoy spending time with Ray, he has turned out to be a person of so many admirable qualities, not to mention he himself is a genius in so many different things! Getting to know him has made this trip worth a very long while… I am grateful.

more Szymanowski January 30, 2009

Filed under: Music — Jung @ 2:53 pm

another track for you, Linda…


recorded live at the Juilliard Evening Division January 29th, 2009

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