During the festival each #band joined with another #symphony, and all five hundred were to play one piece together during the finale.
The Americans and #Japanese were partners.
Our Japanese counterparts were technically brilliant. Fingers flew over the keys. Embouchers didn't relax a bit as we played for hours. No squeaking from the clarinets for once.
Being so close to other musicians playing the same #musical pieces we'd been practicing for months was eye opening.
Many of my bandmates noticed how our styles didn't match. The Japanese were more regimented than emotive. Was #creative interpretation not part of playing this #music as our conductor had told us?
Was the difference in style down to #training, or a conscious choice?
I wondered this too, when they crowded in our #practice room doorway to listen to Chad's improv sessions.