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Apart from my experiences in the worlds of classical music and early music, The Heckeler centers.. around entrepreneurial skills for the classical musician and runs features on new ensembles, as well.. as some more established ones.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • Eubo's Big Bash in Bruges
    on Aug 2, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    After completing our second full day of rehearsals in Bruges towards our biggest program of the year, Handel: A Royal Celebration, the hotels in Bruges are especially full. The program includes Handel's four coronation anthems (1727), the B...
  • Zadar
    on Jul 30, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    Walking through the streets of Zadar one gets the distinct feeling that the city has had a rather mixed history. For over twenty-five hundred years Zadar has existed under threat from the outside interests. From the Romans, to various barbarians, the...
  • Through the Pyrenees
    on Jul 26, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    As we take the long and winding road to Andorra from Puigcerdà I can't help but feel a strong sense of nostalgia. The route through the Pyrenees is one surrounded by hills below tree line, and it is only occaisionaly that we get a glimpse of the gre...
  • EUBO Takes to the Skies
    on Jul 25, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    Zefira passing time at the gate. Wednesday morning. An early breakfast, a quick double-check of our hotel rooms and then the orchestra headed to the bus for Luxembourg airport. Leaving exactly on time at 8:15 (something, I gather, worth noting)...
  • Puicerdà
    on Jul 25, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    Lying near the top of a mountain, Puigcerdà's old city centre overlooks a vast valley in Catalonia. The air is fresh, the temperature perfect. The inner city is a mix of old and new; the narrow streets carve themselves out from the mass of edifices...
  • Puigcerdà
    on Jul 25, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    Lying near the top of a mountain, Puigcerdà's old city centre overlooks a vast valley in Catalonia. The air is fresh, the temperature perfect. The inner city is a mix of old and new; the narrow streets carve themselves out from the mass of edifices...
  • 2 Guys, 3 Sandals
    on Jul 22, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    Guillermo, cello, and Roldán, violin, went down to the river yesterday evening for a swim. We had all learned from previous trips to the banks of the river that the rocky bed wasn't very comfortable to walk on barefoot so the dynamic duo decided to...
  • Missing in Action
    on Jul 19, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    Rafael, one of Eubo's three violists, came to Luxembourg by plane this past Monday. Unfortunately for him, his luggage was lost and he had to cope for the first day of rehearsals with what he managed to carry with him on the plane. Yesterday, Wednesd...
  • Rehearsing in Full
    on Jul 18, 2013 in EUBO On Tour
    After a full day of strings-only rehearsals, the orchestra was joined Wednesday evening by its three reed players. Lucky for me, I managed to arrive to listen to the tail-end of the final rehearsal and meet the group as they headed out for a picnic b...
  • Packing for EUBO
    on Jul 13, 2013 in EUBO On Tour Andy's Handy Hints
    Basel, July 14, 2013. Packing for a three-week tour takes quite a bit of planning, especially if it's your first. This Monday will see the first assembling of The European Union Baroque Orchestra of 2013 at Echternach, a village in the Duchy of Luxe...
  • EUBO and The Heckeler on Tour
    on Jul 9, 2013 in EUBO On Tour Early Music
    On the 16th of July I will take up my position as bassoonist for the European Union Baroque Orchestra with which I will be going on a series of five tours across the continent. Over six months, the ensemble will take on a number of different programs...
  • The Hornettes to do Ottawa Jazz Festival
    on Jun 28, 2013 in Ottawa Jazzfest
    Tomorrow (Saturday, June 29) afternoon will be the Jazzfest premier for Ottawa's own The Hornettes. At 14:00 the group will take to the OLG Stage performing a mix of Motown, Soul, and R&B. Formed in 2010, The Hornettes have been making waves...
  • EUBOFollowing up to my previous post titled EUBO Auditions I thought I should mention that I did, in fact, get chosen as the sole bassoonist for the 2013 tours. The audition process was absolutely grueling and I have spent the past month waiting for the...
  • An Hypothetical Concert Introduction
    on Apr 21, 2013 in Me Early Music
    Cicero wrote that there were three apparent goals which an orator must aspire to achieve in speaking: to instruct, to please, and to move the passions. What you will listen to this evening comes from a time when two media were inextricably linked.
  • A Unique Opportunity
    on Apr 21, 2013 in Early Music
    To me, a concert is an opportunity to shape discussion. I want my audience to talk about context, the performance itself, or how they felt during the event but absolutely not about my equipment. As early musicians, we seem to get carried away often e...
  • Wietfeld Bassoon for Sale
    on Apr 11, 2013 in Baroque Bassoon
    For those of you who have been reading my baroque bassoon series, you may have noticed I have been collecting a number of instruments for myself. In order to finance my classical instrument, I have decided to sell my Orriols/Wietfeld instrument...
  • EUBO Auditions
    on Apr 1, 2013
    Next weekend I'll be off to audition with 9 other bassoonists for a place in the European Union Baroque Orchestra 2013. Over the past few months I've been very busy in preparation for this event and I hope that my hard work pays off. What really su...
  • A Question of Substitution
    on Feb 15, 2013 in Me
    The other day I saw an interview on TVO of author and journalist Chris Hedges about his book, Empire of Illusion. Mr. Hedges is a thought-provoking speaker and his take on all of the topics which the interview touched upon hit home with me. Most rele...
  • Don't mess with MIf there's a term which musicians have been throwing around lately when theorizing on attracting audiences, it's "Multimedia". "We should be using multimedia! There should be something for people to look at!" Yes, but remember that all of this adds...
  • Setting the Right Goal
    on Dec 30, 2012 in Me
    One of the many life-altering habits that began two years ago was setting goals for myself, both long and short-term. Since I began setting them, I've managed to cross many of my original ones off, though new ones are added in time to replace the old...