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September 6, 2018

A 235 years old “design”

One of Mozart’s best-known tunes is his Sonata No.11 for piano, which he composed around 1783. The final movement, known popularly as the ‘Turkish March’, was entitled as ‘Alla Turca’ by Mozart himself. The “design” Alla Turca has been performed by thousands of artists in the 235 years since Mozart has composed it. The artists […]

July 12, 2018

The art of selling the “same art” on multiple products

When I visit a museum I start my tour at the museum shop. Thanks to that visit, I can quite accurately estimate what I’ll get to see when I enter the exhibition halls. One of my other observations is that the supply of goods in those shops has increased tremendously. Jenny Stevens, in her article […]

June 14, 2018

Gershwin feeling “blue”

On 3rd of January 1924 an article in the amusement section of the New York Tribune caught the attention of the American composer George Gershwin and his brother Ira. It was about a concert of new American music to be given by Paul Whiteman, the most popular bandleader of the 1920s, and his Palais Royal […]

March 22, 2018

Why did my business partner say NO to me?

She was smiling. I was dumbfounded. It was my first interview in Sofia, Bulgaria with a potential business partner. She had seemed to be in agreement with all the details of the cooperation. Our meeting was coming to an end and I asked her if she thought positively about our common future. She shook her […]

March 30, 2017

Boris Becker’s tongue

The former American World No.1 tennis player Andre Agassi struggled hard to beat the German Boris Becker, according to the article published in calvinayre.com by Lee Davy on January 19, 2017. After Becker had won the first three matches between the pair, Agassi realised he couldn’t handle Becker’s serve. The American and his coaching team […]

November 24, 2016

Romania… a new start

“We are landing at Henri Coandă International Airport… please fasten….” It is the second episode of my adventure called “Romania”. 🙂 The first one had started 9 years ago. I had to give up Romania for a couple of years. Now I am claiming back those years. This time I was in Bucharest for 4 […]

October 20, 2016

Entering the water

Assume it is summer and you are at the seaside ready to enter the water. You can either walk into the water from the sandy shore or jump from the platform taking you out a couple of meters into the sea. Would you let your body feel the coldness of the water slowly by deciding […]

September 8, 2016

The piano player

I’m excited. We will be entering the studio soon, to record my last compositions. My arranger Cenk asked: “How about the piano?” He means: “Will you play the piano?” He knows. I am a terrible piano “player”. ☺ The last time I said “Yes” to that question I had to work with the great pianist […]

August 11, 2016

Substitute for Andrea Bocelli

It’s February,1999. A man ran onto the back-stage of Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. A woman looked at him with questioning eyes. He said Andrea Bocelli won’t make it for the rehearsals but a 17 years old guy called, Josh Groban, could stand in for him. The woman, Celine Dion, did not like the solution but […]

June 9, 2016

Don’t assume… Check!

I am a good book reader. I visit a bookstore at least once a week. I also enjoy buying all types of bookmarks and separators. I had an idea as I was preparing the details for one of my speaking assignments to be held at an international meeting in Milan, Italy. To be remembered by […]

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