Gigging during a pandemic?
2021 didn't start with a bang, but things got better for live music as restrictions were lifted in June 2021. Jazzlinks has been very busy during the summer with outdoor music in Bear Creek Park (Linda Szentes solo piano/voice), Maple Ridge (Memorial Peace Park) and Pitt Meadows (Spirit Square). As vaccination rates have increased and senior's homes have opened to visitors, we have been incredibly fortunate to be able to entertain seniors with our music during the summer as well
202o started and ended with successful Jazz Vespers performances from my combo - Linda Szentes and Jazzlinks - at United Churches of Langley in Murrayville; the first was a live performance in January and the last was a livestream in November (no, I don't mean fishing). What happened in between was the Covid 19 pandemic: like many other musicians, we had a number of gigs cancelled in spring and summer. However, with a little help from our friends, we discovered a great space to have our first self produced Livestream on Facebook in July (see videos below). Based on the success of this performance, we were invited by the Abbotsford Arts Council to perform for another online show in August. I have to thank not only my band - Mike, Joe and Zoltan - but also my tech crew: Laszlo for video production and the cool basement, and Garth, my hubby, for sound engineering. I'm also grateful to UCOL; special thanks to Brad Jarvis, video and sound production.
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