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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

Epilogue: the Seamlessness of Dream and Reality We awaken to black skies and rumbling thunder, as if Russia doesn’t want to let us get away with too warm and sunny a stay. . . thoughts of delayed flights and unanticipated … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

IV. Moscow: the Mind of Russia The countryside dotted with picturesque farm communities and their ubiquitous onion-domed churches merges occasionally into small towns, through most of which the train merely slows down. . . we stop only two or three … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

III. Yaroslavl: the Memory of Russia Hearty breakfast and a brisk walk around downtown Yekaterinburg before loading into the van for a rocket ride to the airport. . . the famous regional malachite is copiously displayed throughout the terminal in … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

II. Yekaterinburg: the Muscle of Russia One last fabulous breakfast buffet at the luxurious Hotel Corinthia, then into the van and off to the airport for the flight to Yekaterinburg. . . contrary to American stereotypes of Russian airlines the … Continue reading

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A Drummer’s Eye View of the Nakai Trio Russia Tour, April 2012

I. St. Petersburg: the Soul of Russia Long Lufthansa flight from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Finland. . . wet cold landing in St. Petersburg. . . glad I packed my jacket and hat in my carry-on. After … Continue reading

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“This performance is just for you…”

Thursday, April 19, 2012, the day of departure for arrival in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday morning April 20th and a day of thankful downtime at the Grand Hotel Corinthia. We briefly met our hosts and travel companions to discuss … Continue reading

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Standing Ovations and Multiple Encores throughout Russia

The Wilde Boys (aka, the R. Carlos Nakai Trio) tour in Russia was an amazing, exhausting, rewarding, demanding, life-altering experience. The enthusiasm and generosity with which our music was received by our Russian audiences was inspiring and humbling: we played … Continue reading

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