• Tanya Tomkins
  • July 30, 2013

The Matrix…and Music in the Vineyards


Yesterday I was called suddenly to sub with San Francisco Symphony. We played the score of the Matrix while the movie was screened on the stage. Don Davis, the composer, conducted. This definitely required a different skill set than the Baroque cello recital of last week!  I now have a new understanding of action film music. As a cellist, it means alternating between playing unbelievably fast notes (scary!), and holding very low notes for a very long time (suspenseful!). Who knew?

Next week, I will be at the Music in the Vineyards Festival. Music in the Vineyards is a unique and wonderful event that has been taking place in Napa Valley for almost 20 years, featuring chamber music in intimate winery settings. This year I’m playing at Frog’s Leap on August 9th and and Clos Pegase on August 11th.

I’m very much looking forward to playing with Axel Strauss and Paul Neubauer.

For comic relief, check out Paul being interviewed by talented New York musicians, cellist Nick Cannelakis, and pianist, Michael Brown (who made this film):

Go to my events page and click on the concerts for more details about Music in the Vineyards and links to buy tickets.

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