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Matt DeStefano

Failed Postcards From Hong Kong

A walk through Kowloon’s Flower Street in Hong Kong. I was hoping to see the bird market, but it had closed two hours early. I swear to you, this was the one and only time there weren’t at least 10 people in front of the hotel incessantly begging for my business. This was also the more…

Last Day in Shanghai, China

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra completed their final concert at the Shanghai Grand Theatre last night. It was the second night straight with hundreds of music fans outside the gates hoping for the chance at purchasing somebody’s extra ticket before being turned away. The theatre’s artistic director, Qian Shi Jin, told us in an interview in more…

Extras From Tokyo

The life of a radio producer on the road (as I’m learning for the first time) is exciting – and hectic. There are no amount of tour books or English-speaking locals in faraway lands to guide one to where he wants to go or create enough time in a day to record, edit, post and more…

Hong Kong – Pirate Ships (fishing and tourist boats)

Have you seen The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou lately (Bill Murray, 2004)? Fishing boats (and some tourism boats–we think) look much like the pirate ships that take captive Bill Murray’s crew in the film. Here’s Andrew with another Postcard from Hong Kong.

Ferry Boats to Downtown Hong Kong

Greetings from Hong Kong! Firstly, I must say that the climate here is incredible–humid and roughly 65 degrees Fahrenheit–a huge difference from what locals called a “mild winter in Japan” (we could see our breath on the streets a couple of days). Many commuters that come to Tsim Sha Tsui (the island on which the more…

General Nogi’s Garden

This is just a block and a half from our hotel in Akasaka, Tokyo. Recorded our final day in Tokyo. General Nogi House and Garden

Postcard from Tokyo – Suntory Hall

Hey everyone! I recorded this postcard yesterday during load-in just after an early morning earthquake (!), and just prior to the CSO’s rehearsal of Mahler 6 for last night. It was a wonderful performance, and the orchestra received a 10 minute ovation. Most of the players left the stage around the 9 minute mark, but more…

CSO Concert #1 – Yokohama, Japan

We’re back at the hotel from tonight’s concert at Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan. The program was Mozart’s Symphony 41 in C-Major K. 551 (the “Jupiter”) and Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben,” Op. 40. The hall, in its 10th anniversary year, sounded great. The players tell us it sounded great on-stage as well. The concert concluded more…

Critical Thinking on Tour: Tokyo Swing-Era Music

A taste of Tokyo Swing-Era Music

Critical Thinking on Tour: Spice Shop in Tokyo

Spice shop in Old Tokyo