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Mees, kes teadis ussisõnu

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Mees, kes teadis ussisõnuAjavahe ei lasnud vahepeal üldse magada – ükspäev isegi juhtus, et suutsin uinuda alles kell 7 hommikul. Ent leidsin ööseks väga õdusa ajaviite – ETV arhiiv Doris Kareva luulesaadetega – üks isegi aastast 1982! Ja siis tema hiljutised ETV õhtused luuletused.  Lisaks veel tõesti inspireeriv vestlus õnnest Ööülikoolis. Väga diip! 😀 Nojah, igatahes, magamise suhtes läksin ma kergema vastupanu teed, võtan nüüd unerohutablette – Dormicum 😀 Olen väga rahul, uinumine on lihtne nagu nupule vajutamine.

Eelmisel laupäeval avastasin Mees, kes teadis ussisõnu lauamängu (Andrus Kivirähk, Asko Künnap). Haa, ikka nii super vaimukas huumor, Kivirähk ikka nagu tõeline eestlane! Olen kuulnud, et kirikuinimesed olevat jubedalt pahandanud selle asja pärast ja ma saan aru ka, mispärast. Metsik kirikute põletamine ja munkadega võitlemine. Ainult eestlased tuleksid selle peale, et taoline lauamäng teha. Täielik klassika. Veel Kivirähku – käisin Eesti Draamateatris “Vombat”-it vaatamas. See oli nii naljakas. Mulle eriti meeldisid need joodik-sõbrad, kes Elmot grünesse õlut jooma kutsusid. Need olid nagu otse elust. Ja naabrimees Rulling – arvas, et on saksa soost, aga välja tuli, et hoopis neeger. Read the rest of this entry »

Some great new music

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Gretchen Parlato, Jason Lindner, Stefan Harris

Gretchen Parlato, Jason Lindner, Stefan Harris

NPR Music has a great selection of music under the folder All Songs Considered –  The Year’s Best New Jazz. I really like Ben Allison’s Kramer vs Kramer vs Godzilla.  And Jason Lindner’s Now vs Now have their new album out! There’s a song from them, called Seven Ways – Mark Guiliana plays the drums! How many drummers do you know who have blood on their ride cymbal ?

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October 21, 2009 at 9:38 am

Estonia in four days

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Business models

Developing business models in Pärnu

Came back to Estonia for a few weeks now… Been all over it in just four days –  a management conference in Pärnu, a hip play in Viljandi,  a Mozart opera in Tallinn, and now just hanging in Tartu, the city where I’m from :D. Drinking tea and listening to smooth jazz with my PhD brother – from an amp he built himself:) Sounds great!

Well but, first visited the seaside summer capital town Pärnu (not so much going on in the winter season) – by a funny chance happened to take part in a management conference @ Strand hotel. Heard the current prime minister Andrus Ansip and a former prime minister Mart Laar give a long talk about team work and all those good things about politics 😉 Or actually, what did they say, really? What did they say, I can’t remember so well. They sounded pretty smart, though. But then a Swiss lecturer Alex Osterwalder on developing business models. That was interesting – is about time to start developing some business models now! I drank so much of that strong (free) fresh coffee during the breaks that I thought I was going to faint.

Then saw the sold-out play (by the Swedish playwright Lotta Lotass) Kogujad in Viljandi. It took place in an old plane factory, unheated and dirty, I never even know there was such building in the area. Was a great spot for some serious art, though. Felt kind of grim. They have a blog about it, too.

Kogujad

Kogujad in Viljandi

And then the premiere of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Tallinn, in the Estonia National Opera. Directed by Walter Sutcliffe (UK). That was really good, actually, I enjoyed it a lot 😀 And real cheap for a good opera, I guess. We bought bottles of champagne on the break and since there wasn’t enough time to finish them at the cafe, we took them in. 🙂 That was nice.

Cosi fan tutte

Cosi fan tutte in Tallinn

But otherwise, I’m a bit dissappointed. Generally it’s not even that much cheaper than New York these days. Beer and coffee is the same. Wine by glass is a bit cheaper, I guess. But  most of all – the weather here is just TERRIBLE… My conclusion is, for now, don’t want to live here. Maybe just come hang in the summer. Well, but after saying that, to be fair, I definitely feel so very Estonian 😀

Autumn

Autumn leaves

Valmistun Eestisse tulekuks

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Need pühad

Need pühad

Pakin asju – jälle! Igatahes, ausalt öeldes pole üldse sellist tunnet, et oleks vaja Eestisse minna. Muidu küll ei läheks, kui pilet selleks kuupäevaks poleks juba ammu olemas…Üldiselt on plaanis varsti tagasi tulla – sest siin on palju rohkem teha kui Eestis. Pole veel kõike jõudnud, mida tahtnuks :D.

Naljakas oli korraldada seda, kuhu siin vahepeal asju saaks jätta – nüüdseks on küla peal laiali (3s kohas) riided, kitarr, võimendi (selle mis ma ukse eest leidsin ükskord, kole suur on, aga töötab), joogamatt, lamp. Päris keeruline oli kõikidele asjadele ajutist kodu leida – ja huvitaval kombel on suurem osa asjadest nüüd ühe sõbranna pool Soho’s. Justkui Soho oleks see koht, kus inimestel ruumi igasugu suvalist koli hoida 😀

Tasuta kohvri sain sõbranna käest – ja laadisin selle Trader Joe beef jerky’t täis – lohutuseks väikevennale – kuna iPhone’i ta seekord minu käest ei saanud… 🙂 Need on ilma lepinguta ostes ikka meeletult kallid praegu.

Lend on mul seekord Newark’ist (New Jersey), mis on üsna ebamugav – ei saa Metrocardiga kohale minna. Tellisin hoopis shuttle-busi. Lennujaam oli täitsa tühi. Ei ühtegi järjekorda. Imelik on see ärasõit praegu. Justkui oleks see täiesti lambist – sinne elu tundub kuidagi nii normaalne, et ma hästi ei tunneta, mis mul sinna Eestisse nii väga asja praegu. Aga noh, eks näis. Sugulasi tahaks näha küll, mul on üks täditütar juurde tulnud vahepeal, keda ma pole veel kunagi näinud! 😀 Põnev!

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October 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

Tuesday-night jam session @ Royale

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They even had vibes

They even had vibes @ the session

Walked by from Royale yesterday, just in time to check out their Tuesday-night jam session. Heard peoples play I Hear A Rhapsody and What Is This Thing Called Love. And then the house band. With Loren Stillman (alto sax), Nate Radley  (guitar), Gary Wang (bass), Diego Voglino (drums).

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October 14, 2009 at 11:18 am

Douglas Bradford Group @ Vox Pop

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Douglas Bradford group @ Vox Pop

Douglas Bradford group @ Vox Pop

Douglas Bradford (guitar and compositions), John Beaty (alto sax), Greg Chudzik (bass), Nick Anderson (drums). I heard the same thing in June  @ Solo Kitchen Bar – I really like that band and the music. And besides all I think the guitar player has a cute haircut 😉 Nice neighborhood cafe @ Cortelyou road, Vox Pop – played some great background music there.

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October 13, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Dave Binney Group @ Solo Kitchen Bar

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Dave Binney Group @ Solo Kitchen Bar

Dave Binney Group @ Solo Kitchen Bar

His regular Tuesday-nights-@55Bar group with Jacob Sacks on keys, Thomas Morgan on bass, Dan Weiss on drums. Somehow it sounded even better @ Solo!  And it was packed. On the way there, on the Q-train, I heard people talking about it, how they were actually making the trip to Cortelyou just for that. So Solo Kitchen Bar is getting really popular, attracting crowds from Manhattan as well now. Maybe it’ll take over the Japanese tourists from the Blue Note some day once people realize how hip the place is 😀

That concert was so killin’! That band together, wow, they have obviously played together a lot :). Really great killin’ New York jazz, I enjoyed it so much! And now that Mark Guiliana is out of town for a while, I think Dan Weiss is the perfect drummer to start stalking next 😉

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October 12, 2009 at 11:43 am