The Mark Sherman/Tim Horner Quartet in Russia

The Mark Sherman/Tim Horner Quartet in Russia

Our final concert last night in Vladivostok was just incredible. The band is really playing itself at this point. The concert took place at the Philharmonic Hall in Vladivostok to a sold out standing room only crowd that was over appreciative. We opened the second half of the show with 2 of my tunes entitled “The Winning Life”, and “The Great Triplet“. After that we went into one of TIm Horner‘s new compositions entitled “Museum Piece” which is just a gorgeous piece of music with a free rubato melody with really great chord changes.We took 3 choruses each and then went directly into another Tim Horner composition titled “Passion Dancer”, in which Tim played the Cajon which is basically a box that has various sounds and you sit on top of it and groove away. Tim played the hell out of it, and we found a home inside this tune. It was a premiere for this composition, and it came off beautifully. After that we closed with Jim Ridl’s “Smile Said The Drum” dedicated to Elvin Jones for the never-ending grin Elvin carried on his face when playing. The sound on stage was fantastic last night in this hall, and Jim Ridl had a nice 9-foot Steinway to play. The band really reached new territory last night, and gave a really inspired performance. We are really playing well together. Afterwards there was a standing ovation for us and we received a huge bouquet of white roses, which we gave to our host Euzhenia from the consulate in Vladivostok who took really good care of us our entire stay. Then there was a reception, and when we entered the room there were about 50 people waiting for us with hugs and huge round of applause. Many pictures were taken. Everyone wanted a picture with us. We drank lots of champagne, and ate some food, and we received a beautiful plaque and some written awards from the consulate General Tom Armbruster. The whole night was really gratifying. This morning the embassy picked us up at the hotel and we went to a final lunch, and then to the airport for our flight to Seoul Korea where I am writing from now. The Hyatt Regency in Incheon. A beautiful hotel. Our new host from South Korea’s embassy took us out for the food we have been talking out for over a month now. Kam Chi and Korean Barbecue. I am seriously stuffed. A good night sleep will help. Tomorrow we have a master class in the afternoon at the conservatory in Seoul and a concert at night.

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