It's been a busy month, what with signing tours north to Seattle and Portland and south to San Diego and the Los Angeles area, followed by Left Coast Crime in Sacramento.
But in between all the running around, I paused to join in a concert in support of national Play the Recorder Month, under the auspices of the American Recorder Society, Eugene chapter, aka EARS, and the City of Eugene's provision of a space for free concerts by amateur musicians.
If you think of recorders as those things elementary kids play--well, you're half right. They do, but so do a large number of musicians, a few professional and many amateur.
Recorders range from the 6 inch Garklein (German for Very Small) to the Double Contrabass, two meters high. Soprano (descant), alto (treble), tenor, and bass are the most usual, and we have players of all of them in our group.
Sometimes we're joined by viols (violas da gamba):
All photos courtesy of Dennis Galloway