LET’S TALK ABOUT CANCUN!
As per usual, there are a lot of things happening around Juilliard.
Actually, I just came back from spending a week in Cancun, Mexico with my Juilliard jazz ensemble. We had to perform at the Cancun International Music Festival. The week consisted of a LOT more than just the performance. We had rehearsed the music a lot before we got there, so we only did one full rehearsal before the gig.
First of all, I didn't expect the kind of heat that Cancun has to offer. I'm from New Orleans, so I'm used to heat, but it's humid in New Orleans, which makes it more bearable in my opinion. Cancun was a lot drier (being by the beach helped a bit!)
We went to the beach and the pool quite a lot during this trip, and it was amazing! But the real adventure was toward the middle of the week. We (literally) propelled into a Mayan cave in the middle of a jungle. The town we went to was called Nueva Durango. I can’t even put into words how fulfilling of an experience it was to climb up and scale down rock walls to get through the cave.
Needless to say, we got really dirty.
And when it came to the music, we got even dirtier. The people who came out to our performance seemed to REALLY enjoy it. We performed “The Latin Side of Dizzy Gillespie”, featuring arrangements done by most of the members of the band.