Dreaming of Venice? Well, dreams really do come true! Here’s the story: some of you saw the beautiful black-and-white photos I posted last week, by the incredible photographer Andrea Peller. We have been looking for the right photographer for my Who’s Who album cover. I’ve always adored Andrea Peller, but she lives in Vienna so I didn’t really consider her an option.. until other local photographers simply weren’t working out. So I gave her a call. She was on her way to Udine, which is near Venice in Italy. The only days we are both available are this coming week. I called my amazing producer Felipe Souza, and now my flight to Venice has been booked. I am leaving soon! Thank you infinitely Felipe, and Andrea, I can’t wait to have the best fun in the world with you this week 🎉 #EverythingIsPossible
Thank you Andrea for this sneak peak from the photo shoot! So very excited to see how these gorgeous photos came out!
Wow, it’s pretty amazing being in Venice! I just had to play this piece for you all, it was an incredible feeling being in the place where Vivaldi wrote this, and playing on my violin which is now 240 years old. What a gift. I was wearing earplugs so I could hear my band on a track, but one of them fell out down the cracks of the rooftop I was playing on, and the other headphone turned off in panic, so towards the end of the piece I was guessing where the band was 😂 Thank you to genius Susan Obrant for your gorgeous dress 💖
This is amazing. I absolutely love playing Vivaldi’s “Winter”. He wrote it in 1723 for the girls in the orphanage where he worked in Venice. Here I was at this orphanage, which is still going. It was incredible to think of the music that Vivaldi wrote here, and how he trained these young girls to play string instruments and become famous throughout Europe. I then went to his home and the church where he was baptized, I will post that video tomorrow!
It was very moving for me to find the square in Venice where Vivaldi lived, and be in the church which was his place of baptism, worship, and where his music was often played, and still is 250 years later. What a great blessing.