31 October 2010


Day starts with trying to deal with
the baritone and SAS. They want me to check the horn and I ask if
they’ll take responsibility for any damages, they tell me nothing
will happen, I let them know that this hasn’t been the case in the
past. Then they tell me that they’ll compensate any damage to the instrument “by
the kilo.” First time I heard of this so I asked what it meant. Turns
out they pay a couple hundred crowns ($30?) per kilo of whatever is
damaged- so, as it was explained to me, if they destroyed the
baritone they’d only be obligated to compensate me with $360, for an
instrument worth $9000.Told them this wouldn’t work and I’d buy a
seat for the instrument,had to talk to a supervisor who told me I
could only buy a seat for the instrument at the same time that the
seat for my flight was purchased. I explained the issue with checking
the instrument to the supervisor, who then said, “Well don’t you
have insurance for it?”This didn’t make me feel very confident about
their attitude towards possible damages. I then told her that, “Yes,
I have insurance, but if SAS damages my horn I won’t be able to play
the concert in Copenhagen tonight.” The logic of this problem must
have hit home-after 10 minutes of consideration in another room, she
came back and said I could bring the instrument on board. The rest
of the day went easier. Arrived in Copenhagen, traditional lunch with
the Scandinavians, Bishop and Bauer; sleep, work, practice, show-
the Tentet played 3rd on a quadruple bill, 11pm on a Sunday,but
we had a tremendous audience, by far the best crowd I’ve played to in
Copenhagen, worked up for an encore. Attempt to be intelligent and
go to bed “early” (1am) fails miserably, just toss and turn until the
alarm indicates it’s time to head to Stockholm… Asger Jorn works
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