I spent this past week roaming through the beautiful wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, from the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, down through the Porcupine Mountains, through the middle-of-nowhere forests in between, over to the Pictured Rocks along the coast of Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake by surface area in the world. Incredible nature and wildlife Up North. I even got to hang out with this very cool bald eagle who was perched in a tree about 20 feet away from me in the forest along the coast. We both hung out and listened to the Lake Superior waves for about two hours...
On Sunday I finally had the chance to visit the great Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France, the estate in Normandy where he spent the second half of his life and where he painted much of his work. I’ve been a huge Monet fan for many years now (my 2012 LANDSCAPE SCRIPTURE album was a tribute to him) so this was very special for me to be here. Super inspiring.
Here was Monet’s daily routine at Giverny (from Caroline Holmes’s book, MONET AT GIVERNY)…
“During his years at Giverny, Monet's daily routine seldom varied. He woke early, at four or five. Opening the window, he would study the sky. If the dawn augured well for that day's weather he would take a cold bath followed at 5:30am by a hearty breakfast. He then set off to paint, sometimes with members of his family as helpers, returning at 11:00 am. Lunch had to be served on the dot of 11:30am, and was followed by coffee and home-made plum brandy. After a short rest he resumed work out of doors, observing changes in the sky as reflected in the nearby river or, in later years, by the pool in his garden; alternatively he would paint in his studio. The bell for dinner would ring at 7:00pm, and bedtime, like Monet's hour of rising, was early, at 9:30pm. Any variation in this daily routine was extremely unwelcome, and he would be most displeased if he had had a bad day or the sky had not been to his liking. However, this rigid time table was no obstacle to the generous hospitality shown over the years towards many friends and relatives, for whom Giverny became the heart of a large extended family.”
photo from the scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo concert at the jazz-initiative frankfurt concert in frankfurt, germany
Tonight the Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform the last concert of the June 2022 European tour, at Green Hours in Bucharest, Romania, 19h. We've had an incredible time performing in Germany and Romania. Many thanks to the cultural centers, the Goethe Institut and the jazz clubs for having us, and a big thanks to Rozana for arranging everything for the Romanian portion of our tour and taking such great care of us! Thanks a lot also to Victor for driving us on the long road trips all over Romania! We can't wait to come back to perform again soon!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo performs tonight at the Jazz-Initiative Frankfurt (DIE FABRIK - Kulturwerk Frankfurt) in Frankfurt, Germany, 20h!:
scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo live AT the Centrul Multicultural al UniversitATii Transilvania (in partnership with the Goethe Institut BraSov) in BraSov, Romania on June 12, 2022!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at the Centrul Multicultural al Universității Transilvania (in partnership with the Goethe Institut Brașov) in Brașov, Romania on June 12, 2022!: https://fb.me/e/1ArS6rWHO
scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo live at the Sinagoga din BistriTa in BistriTa, Romania on June 11, 2022!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at the Sinagoga din Bistrița in Bistrița, Romania on June 11, 2022!: https://fb.me/e/1wwj3XDAx
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at Green Hours in Bucharest, Romania on June 13 & 14, 2022!: https://www.greenhours.ro/evenimente/the-scott-dubois-gebhard-ullmann-duo-1/
Scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo live at the jazz-initiative frankfurt in frankfurt, germany, june 9, 2022!
The Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo will perform live at the Jazz-Initiative Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany on June 9, 2022!: https://www.jazz-frankfurt.de/veranstaltungen/scott-dubois-gebhard-ullmann-duo/
watch the Full 90-min. scott dubois quartet live in munich live concert film tomorrow, jan. 7th, starting at 17h22 CET on stingray djazz tv!
The full 90-minute SCOTT DUBOIS QUARTET LIVE IN MUNICH live concert film will be broadcast tomorrow, Friday, January 7th on the Stingray DJAZZ TV Channel starting at 17h22 CET! Here's the quartet performing my composition "First Light Tundra" in the film:
Thanks very much to Spain's Missingduke for choosing SUMMER WATER as one of the "50 Favorite Records of 2021"!:
Summer water chosen for journalist dan bilawsky's top 10 new jazz albums of the year list for jazztimes magazine!
Many thanks to journalist Dan Bilawsky for choosing SUMMER WATER as one of his Top 10 favorite new jazz albums of the year for JazzTimes Magazine!:
France's Jazz Magazine also published a very nice review of the Jazzkaar Festival, writing about the Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo's concert:
"They create two conversations drawn in a zig-zag way in unmarked spaces...The sounds of the guitar at first slide in harmonious arpeggios. Then suddenly, as if by surprise, angry, dissonant, tortured chords emerge...in this singular duo a universe of moving liquid forms."
Visit the FROM FRANCE tab on the REVIEWS page for a link to read the full review!
Some very nice words in estonia's sirp newspaper about the scott dubois / gebhard ullmann's jazzkaar festival concert
A very nice review of the Jazzkaar Festival in Estonia's SIRP newspaper includes some really nice words about the Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo's performance:
"The aforementioned Scott DuBois concert with Berlin saxophonist and bass clarinetist Gebhard Ullmann was like a meditative journey where the sounds were inspired by life and nature..."
Visit the FROM ESTONIA tab on the REVIEWS page for a link to read the full review!
Photos from this week's Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann duo concert at the jazzkaar festival in Tallinn, estonia
great scott dubois / gebhard ullmann duo live concert review from one of germany's largest newspapers!
One of Germany's largest newspapers, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, published in Tuesday’s newspaper a very nice live review of Sunday night’s Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo concert at the Jazzclub Unterfahrt in Munich, DE:
“Built on the Water”
"The guitar is his universe of sound associations...He lets it shimmer harmoniously, sometimes only in contrast to individual dissonant effects, on the whole more like an interior designer who fills a room with ornaments until the dark corners at the back are also lined…DuBois thinks in terms of textures, colors, moods, diffusely in space, so that imaginations can arise. Ullmann acts concretely, powerfully even in soft tones, clear and powerful from the individual motif to the improvising noise. In the combination, the music, which brings standstill and movement together, becomes fundamental in the auditory impression, as one can imagine water."
Visit the AUS DEUTSCHLAND tab on the REVIEWS page for a link to read the full review in German!
Tonight the Scott DuBois / Gebhard Ullmann Duo performs the last concert of their August 2021 European tour at the Jazzkaar Festival in the incredibly beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia. It has been an amazing tour! Many thanks to the promoters and everyone else involved who took such great care of us!