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The Chagall Suite

A commissioned 8-movement piano piece inspired by Marc Chagall's artworks, and a tribute to Chagall and Elvis

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Travelogues

I usually take one month-long pleasure trip each year, picking a few places in a broad region that sound enticing and then figuring out how to connect them by land or sea. Most often, I travel solo, which means I'm not subjecting anyone to my spontaneous decisions or to destinations that don't seem particularly interesting; it's also easier to meet other travelers that way. However, I've gone with a partner on two trips and enjoyed some wonderful moments that I probably wouldn't have had alone.

Much of what fascinates me about traveling is watching the transitions between places, and I'm just as happy to be on a train or bus from one city to another as visiting a museum. I don't mind an occasional flight, but I'd rather see how the scenery segues from place to place. For local transportation, walking and subways are splendid, buses are OK, and I'll do almost anything possible to avoid getting into a taxi, which is often overpriced and involves haggling over the fare in many parts of the world.

In addition to the travelogues below, there's a travelogue of my time as keyboardist on the Fosse musical tour, from 29 October 2002 to 21 May 2004 (which includes Trip 8, Morocco and Southern Spain, because it was a period of time off).

Trip Destination Countries visited   Trip dates
1 India, Nepal, and China India, Nepal, China   5 August to 6 September 1997
2 Southeast Asia Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau   24 September to 26 October 1998
3 Mongolia to Eastern Europe Mongolia, Russia, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany   16 September to 24 October 1999
4 Middle South America Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil   25 October to 28 November 2000
5 Southern Africa Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa   30 October to 11 December 2001
6 Scandinavia, the Baltics, and Greenland Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Greenland   26 June to 13 August 2002
7 The Balkans Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Transdniestr, Bulgaria, Turkey   20 August to 11 September 2003
8 Morocco and Southern Spain Spain, Morocco, France   14 December 2003 to 4 January 2004
9 Western India India   14 February to 15 March 2005
10 Outer Indochina Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar   22 January to 26 February 2006
11 Ethiopia and Dubai Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates   17 February to 20 March 2008
12 Iceland Iceland   10 to 23 May 2009
13 Japan Japan   19 February to 16 March 2010
14 Caucasus Turkey, Kurdish Iraq, Georgia, Armenia, Nagorno Karabagh   26 September to 27 October 2012
15 Central and East Asia Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Japan   15 September to 28 October 2013
16 Inner Indochina and Japan Thailand, Laos, Japan   20 May to 17 June 2014
17 Madagascar England, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Madagascar, Netherlands   26 May to 24 June 2016
18 Northeast Asia South Korea, Russia   7 to 29 June 2016