The Bassoonist

Update 25 Dec 2014: I have launched a new sub-brand Arte that caters to musician portraits. Visit there instead for even more work. I was, indeed an active flute player for the span of about 8 years, ended few years back before I touched the DSLR. Recalling back, it is still a huge pain having to decide to give up music for my tertiary education due to some personal and financial concerns I have written in a personal blog post before. I missed the time performing at public, hearing applause and "encore!" from the audience, rehearsing in orchestra every Friday at the P.Ramlee place which would flood every time it rains heavily, tuning "A..." with the orchestra(if you know what I mean), and joining fellow musician friends for supper after that. Been several years now since I get to catch up with them as my time is mostly the opposite.

Getting back to this post, this gentlemen that I photographed is a good friend I knew since high school and we joined the same school band and orchestra. Am happy for him cause he gets a place in the NUS music conservatory which I drooled all over few years back as it's one of the top music conservatories available in Asia and entry to this music school is very, very competitive. He will be performing for his graduation recital this April, or in other words, I'd call it the 'final exam' just before he graduates. Students will have a sort of booklet with a profile picture of them together with the instrument and this is what I'm doing for him. It's kinda awkward now for me to meet fellow musicians cause what I'm holding now doesn't really make music, unless it's considered a "percussion instrument" with the help of a speaker. lol...

Now, believe me. This whole series were taken in Penang and this beach of the first photo is really that beautiful and clean when we were shooting. Happy Friday!

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&.b.t.w. - This instrument is called the Bassoon. Good ones were made from Maple wood which if not mistaken, is getting rare. So this piece of 'wood' cost a car and would crack in places too hot/dry/cold.

&.&.b.t.w. - I want to save money to buy a good handmade Japanese flute, in 3 years time(I hope so). Sold mine few years back cause I have no time to touch it.

&.&.&.b.t.w. - Please visit our Page this month(March 2012), I've pinned something on the top of it. Need you guys' inputs for a giveaway to celebrate our second anniversary!

&.&.&.&.b.t.w. - I wonder if I could make a living playing flute during a wedding reception's march in. Any takers, brides?! :p

&.&.&.&.&.b.t.w. - How I wish to have a decent profile picture of me with the flute...taken professionally.