Rhapsody for your Blues
April 21, 2020 11:29 AM   Subscribe

Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz hosts a surprising Zoom meeting. Featuring Eric on clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano. Watch for the sax in bed, stick around for the klezmer.
posted by Cuke (5 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Great video, and very impressive! Unfortunately it has rekindled my desire to add a clarinet to my collection of wind instruments I can't practice in my apartment without disturbing the neighbors, so there's that.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:38 PM on April 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

Earlier today my son was standing right here, watching a YT video of Abramovitz playing Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet. Absolutely perfect (or so my son tells me), so he's using that as his subject for a music class project.

I close the tab, MeFi comes up, and this post is at the top of the stack. Eerie!

Even weirder, and at the risk of a derail, is what the top comment on YT notes -- Abramovitz nearly had his career derailed by a bizarre and cruel act by his (now) ex-girlfriend. The NY Times story (possibly paywalled) adds a bit more for a happier ending.
posted by martin q blank at 2:14 PM on April 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

Damn, that was fun. Loved the klezmer. Sooo much talent!
posted by kinnakeet at 6:19 PM on April 21, 2020

Videos like this (and this one was very good) make me think the real "new skill" people are learning while at home is video editing.
posted by jazon at 7:46 PM on April 21, 2020

On a similar note, this video of the old showtune "Good Morning!" (from Singing in the Rain) by the Four Tads made me smile a lot, as much for his irresistably cheesy showmanship as his chops. (he is, nonetheless, the principal clarinettist for the Salt Lake City Orchestra.)
posted by msalt at 9:40 PM on April 23, 2020

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