a teatray in the sky

counterpoint premiere

Posted in 5D Mark II, Music, Photography, Washington, DC by firthefirst on October 29, 2010

had the amazing opportunity to shoot the premiere performance of CounterPoint, a new ensemble that was co-founded by tina’s old friend jory herman.  you run into people in the craziest places, and sometimes that place is onstage at the kennedy center.  jory invited me to take some photos during a benefit concert at the Embassy of Pakistan which would raise money for the flood victims in pakistan.  great cause, great music, what’s not to like?

I don’t think I’ve ever heard an hour-long set of music with so much variety; it was pretty much sonic joy for me.  plus, getting to put the new 70-200 through its paces is quite a bit of fun in its own right.  definitely looking forward to hearing more from this new ensemble.

the opening shot and the shot above are probably my favorites from the night.  it’s about that moment when you’re playing music and you realize it’s not the keys or the strings in your hand that’s generating the music, it’s your entire body that’s generating the music.  it’s an awesome feeling and I’m not sure it can be understood unless you’ve played an instrument before.  there are times when it’s an absolute grind when you’re practicing and things are just beyond your grasp, but there’s a moment of magic when you’re on stage that makes it all so worth it.

thanks again, CounterPoint!

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  1. Kai Brockbank said, on October 29, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Nice captures! Looks like an interesting collection of sounds!

  2. truels said, on October 29, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Very evocative photos from this concert, I think I would have enjoyed this very much too. Counter Point, did they record any music that you can link to or refer to, so I can listen to them here!?

    • firthefirst said, on October 29, 2010 at 8:30 am

      they’re a new group and still working on getting their website together, but you can listen to some of jory’s work on his website (link is at the beginning of the article)

  3. Jory said, on October 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Man…. these photos are incredible. Crisp. I can’t thank you enough for coming.

  4. Debu said, on November 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Great shots….captured the mood very well indded!

  5. […] your breath waiting for a formal review, but you can see it in action in the teaser set from the counterpoint premiere.  also, since I haven’t shot with the older versions of this lens, I have no real point of […]

  6. […] I got the call to meet up with them at the Pakistani Embassy again (last time’s photos are here).  the thing that CounterPoint really tries to push is to make classical music performance […]


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