Friday, January 4, 2008
If the trip to Israel's northern tip was fun, the one to its southern extreme is paradise. The Mariinsky (previously Kirov) opera house is visiting Eilat for a three day desert musical fest, which I'm covering for a newspaper.
Maestro Velary Gregiyev, The fest's chief star, is to classical music today what Dylan is to popular music. Speaking to this man is like listening to a Mahler symphony, listening to him conduct a Mahler symphony is like looking out the window of a posh hotel room at the Kingdom of Jordan, its city of Aqaba nestled beneath massive mountains (image provided).
Provided are also a few studies I made during one concert of musical instruments and women's heads. Brass and the glockenspiel are first, then harp and cello and finally percussion. BTW, I never photoshop nor even crop. All images here are presented as they were taken. Hope you enjoy.