—by Chiara Pendrazzetti
I was recently called to play with a brass band in an open-air concert in Mendrisio, Switzerland. The concert was in a beautiful location, on a sweet and warm night of June. Another band performed before us, so when we got on stage it was already dark. Dark summer night means: insects. The big spotlights in the dark were the perfect temptation for two kinds of the most common insects in the month of June: a reddish beetle, an innocuous bug that flies in a clumsy way and falls everywhere, and a horsefly, which stings.