Missing Baggage / Chicago to Los Angeles

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

Getting through passport control was pretty fast, and then I waited with Ray for our luggage to come off the plane.  Nancy had gotten her bags pretty quickly, and had already gone to the Admirals Lounge by the time I got there.  We waited, and more and more bags came off the carousel – but not ours. Eventually it all stopped – and our bags were nowhere to be found.  Talking with the Iberia representative revealed that we could file …

Tenerife to Madrid to Chicago

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

We got to the Tenerife Norte airport just before 6am, and there was a large crowd gathered outside – apparently the terminal didn’t even open until 6!  When it did open, there was a bit of a mad rush to get in line at the various counters, and we then had to wait for the Iberia counter to open.  Finally I got my luggage checked through to Los Angeles, and my boarding passes. Unfortunately it looked like I was going …

Late Night Dinner / Rooftop

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

After the concert, a private dinner reception was held on the terrace of the music hall. It was a nice function, with wine and three large tables where we all sat and enjoyed a good multi-course meal.  By the time it was over, it was about 2:45am – but the night was just beginning! We got back to the hotel around 3:15am or so, and then it was just a matter of cleaning up, packing, and getting ready for the …

Alien Saga Concert / Jerry Goldsmith Tribute Concert

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

The concert this evening was a double-header. The first half was a celebration of music from the Alien film series, and the second was a tribute to Jerry Goldsmith in honor of what would have been his 80th birthday. Conducted by Diego Navarro, music from Alien was preformed, as imagery was projected on screen (it was not meant to be live-to-picture sync, however).  Goldsmith’s score to Alien is iconic, creepy and brilliant – and hearing it performed live was bone-chillingly …

Bus ride to San Blas

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

After waking up around 8:30am, we grabbed a quick breakfast and then all convened in the lobby to figure out the plan for the day.  We checked the bus schedule at the front desk, and it looked like we would be able to take a bus from the main bus depot down to the southern part of the island.  Because there were five of us, we took two taxis to the bus depot where (after experiencing ‘El Bano del Diablo’) …

Concert After-Party

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

Just a short distance away from the Auditorio was a restaurant, where the patio had been reserved for us to enjoy a cocktail party.  Tapas were served, and quite tasty, but the big hit was the Cuban rum (something you can’t readily get in the States), especially with Coke Zero! After a few hours, it was definitely time to get to bed, and a few of us were driven back to the hotel.  In the morning, Ana, Melinda and I …

Mark Snow, John Ottman and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek Concert

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

We were taken from the TEA to the Music Auditorium for the first big orchestral concert of the festival.   After getting a few drinks in the lobby, we got our seats (front row), and the program began with Mark Snow conducting his own music from Millennium, The X-Files, and Crazy in Alabama. It was great hearing some pieces with full orchestra (and choir), like the “Main Theme” from Millennium, and “Surgery” and “Crossroads” from The X-Files. Next up was music …

Final Panel at the TEA

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

After getting all cleaned up, we took a taxi to the TEA for the final panel, which was supposed to be “Agents and Composers”.  However, Vas Vangelos had to leave town, Clint Mansell had already gone, Joel McNeely was ill and wasn’t attending the Fimucite conference at all, and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek was down in his hotel room writing music for his current film project.  So, David Arnold – who wasn’t even part of the conference – was convinced to …

Concert Rehearsal / La Laguna

Dan Goldwasser Spain (2009)

After breakfast this morning, I met up with Carly and Melinda, and we took a taxi to the Music Auditorium, where the rehearsal was ongoing for tonight’s big concert. After hanging and watching for a bit, Melinda and I walked over to the tram station, where we got tickets to go to the other end of the line, in La Laguna. Since we had missed the walking tour on Wednesday, we wanted to go check it out and take pictures. …