Reflections on my time in Italy

August 3rd, 2009

August 3rd, 2009


Art Monastery


It was an odd week to say the least.

I'm not entirely sure what happened, but somehow I went from creating new work on a strange baroque organ to cooking for 20 for a week and getting a pretty awesome tan.

It's not that I didn't enjoy my time in Italy, I definitely did. It ended up almost being a proper vacation - something I haven't had in a long time. I just didn't go there with the plan of having a vacation. I had fully expected to be cooped up in a dark church for a week listening to drones and trying to write. Instead I sat in the hot sun and cooked in a hot kitchen.

I did meet some amazing people, and reconnected with some old friends. The Monastery was able to put together a group of truly, fantastically talented individuals to take part in a strange little performance that, unfortunately, was much more about entertainment than it was about art - and there's nothing wrong with entertainment - it was the right thing to put on in the little labyrinthine town of Calvi dell'Umbria - it just wasn't why I was there, and it's not what I'm interested in doing these days.

I've since come up with some new ideas for new pieces, and I'm hoping to find ways to work with many of the people that I met while I was there. Who knows, it may turn out to have been an incredibly beneficial experience.

Just not in the way I thought it would be.