Together with the band The Ex, Ab Baars (clarinet & saxophone), Ken Vandermark (saxophones & clarinet) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) who performed and gave workshops, I went to Addis Abeba, Ethiopia to repair saxophones.

There is a great music scene in Addis (for Ethiopian jazz check out http://ethiopiques.info) but in the whole of Ethiopia there is only one saxophone repairman!

I went over there to repair saxophones & clarinets and worked with and trained the Ethiopian repairman and brought him tools and materials (sponsored by a.o. the Bimhuis, Selmer Paris & JT Music/Vandoren).

We had a great time, saw amazing players and loved the Ethiopian spirit!