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A Double (bass) Date
Saturday, November 29, 2014


Amelia, Curtis, Patricia & Nicolo


It was a hot date involving two Americans and two Italians. In our version the Italians kept to themselves while the Americans raised a storm of a conversation about the origin of the Italians. 

The two Americans Nuyorican Patricia Hutter (formerly a bassist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and now a full-time painter) and Curtis Daily, Portland-based baroque bassist (Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra and frequent player with our very own Pacific Baroque Orchestra and with Early Music Vancouver programs) met half a block from my house in Patricia’s house on Athlone Street. They met so that their respective Italian basses (both made in the 18th century could have a visit.

There was one problem. Hutter’s bass, Nicolo insisted in knowing the name of Daily’s bass. But Daily explained that if he were to ever have children they would be unnamed. He simply did not like to name people or things. I interjected that perhaps Hutter could name the bass but that since Nicolo was a male, Daily’s should be a female. It would not be decent (at the very least in the 18th century) for two basses of the same sex to have a date.

Hutter gave Daily’s bass the lovely name of Amelia. All four of them sat together and I snapped the picture.

For most of the time there I was the odd man of the fifth column. There was rapid conversation which included the weights of Amelia and Nicolo, who had manufactured them and how they had been adapted to modern playing (in the case of Nicolo) and how and where Amelia might have been brought back to her original shape as a bass that would have been used as it was in the 18th century.

I have no record of any of the words that might have been exchanged by Nicolo and Amelia. I don’t think that I could have possibly heard anything as I am sure that if they did communicate it was well below my audible frequency. 




     

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3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

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5/21/17 - 5/28/17

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7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

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8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

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9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17

10/1/17 - 10/8/17

10/8/17 - 10/15/17

10/15/17 - 10/22/17

10/22/17 - 10/29/17

10/29/17 - 11/5/17

11/5/17 - 11/12/17

11/12/17 - 11/19/17