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@Percussion - 280 Daniel Levitan

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0:11 intro
1:31 today in music history: April 15 birthday of “The Empress of Blues,” Bessie Smith
4:48 Welcome Dan Levitan!
5:48 Dan’s piece, Marimba Quartet
12:50 Opening and form of Marimba Quartet
15:57 Approach to articulation on the marimba
18:43 Dan’s beginning as a literature and creative writing major
21:18 Speaking through music
24:25 “Ink on a page” vs. interpretation and Dan’s Baroque Suite
29:51 Dan’s affinity for percussionists as performers
31:38 What if Brahms wrote for percussion?
32:44 Does music have to say something?
36:32 Dan’s tabla studies
43:47 Cross meter, polyrhythm? Gray areas of rhythm and meter
47:30 Perceptions: composer vs. performer vs. listener 
49:55 Ithaca College eliminating Master’s in Music in performance, conducting, composition, and Suzuki string pedagogy
1:03:02 Piano tech questions
1:05:41 Dan’s piece, Marimba Singular

@Percussion - 279 -Adam Tan

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Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Karli Vina, and Ksenija Komljenović
Intro music by Luigi Morello www.morleoeditore.com 

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0:00 Intro and hello
1:07 Ben: History today...More Cowbell
7:35 Welcome, Adam Tan!
9:26 Impromptu Content Creators' panel discussion at PASIC 
10:40 What surprised you most about starting your channel? 
12:07 Your editing and production abilities!? 
14:00 Rob Knopper connection? 
19:53 Choosing your next video projects?  
22:37 How has Youtube changed how people learn literature? 
28:55 Any content who've ever decided to remove?  
31:50 Marimbafest?
38:20 Diversifying faculty at Marimbafest? 
42:20 Any big takeaway you hope our community will get from discussions on racism?  
44:13 Advice on beginning composing? 
49:38 Gary Burton on your show?
52:50 How do modern recording effects change how we approach concert literature? 
56:55 The role of content creation in the standard curriculum?

@Percussion - 278 - Vivi Vassileva

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0:11 intro
1:22 today in music history: Sergei Rachmaninoff and Jeff Porcaro birthdays; Scott Joplin dies; Scott Weiland leaves Velvet revolver; John Lennon and Yoko Ono form “Newtopia,” announce dual sex change operation
6:20 welcome Vivi Vassileva!
9:05 Vivi’s current goings on with COVID, Corigliano concerto performance cancelled, new opera
14:45 John Corigliano’s percussion concerto, Conjurer
22:40 learning a new piece quickly and adapting to different practice situations
32:30 studying with Peter Sadlo and Martin Grubinger and career advice
39:42 matteorenzipercussion Instagram question: criteria for selecting repertoire for competitions
43:46 Vivi’s favorite repertoire
44:42 Casey Cangelosi’s Bad Touch
49:03 studying with Martin Grubinger and his busy schedule
51:51 Jessi Guo question about Chakras
56:45 What is undesirable to do on the day of a concert?
58:55 What do you eat on the day of a concert? Pre concert rituals?
1:03:58 international differences in repertoire choices?
1:09:59 Karli’s percussion and bassoon repertoire, more on chamber music
1:14:01 “The Bulgarian rehearsal”

@Percussion - 277 - Roundtable

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The regular @Percussion crew is joined by Chris Dandeles, Caleb Pickering, and Tracy Wiggins to talk about repertoire - some of our favorites, how to select repertoire, and what repertoire has taught us the most. Thanks to our listeners who contributed via social media!

Guests: Chris Dandeles, Caleb Pickering, Tracy Wiggins
Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Karli Viña, and Ksenija Komljenović
Intro music by: Bartek Miler - https://bartekmiler.com

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Timestamps
0:00 Intro and Hello
16:33 Selecting repertoire
22:34 What to do when students don’t like the repertoire??
37:31 Essential repertoire
41:44 What repertoire has taught you the most?
51:48 How to teach/talk about phrasing
1:14:16 More repertoire for teaching - input from listeners!

 

@Percussion - 276 Matt Keown

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Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, and Ksenija Komljenović
Intro music by Bartek Miler https://bartekmiler.com/

Guest: Matt Keown https://www.mattkeownpercussion.com/about

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01:10 Music History – March 18 
Birthdays: Hanna Kulenty, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, premieres: Dmitri Shostakovich – New Babylon (Film), Edward Elgar – In the South, Arnold Schönberg – Verklarte Nacht, Anatoly Lyadov – Baba Yaga
09:10 Guest Intro: Matt Keown
11:56 How are you, where are you?
12:43 What did Robert Van Sice think of the Blue Devils? 
17:52 Percussionist father, Alan Keown.
20:02 How do the marching percussion and concert percussion sides interact?
24:22 Animosity between marching and concert percussionists?
27:37 How has your dynamic with your father changed over the years?
34:03 Stereotypes of parents who push children into music
36:38 What have you learned in the past year during Covid-19?
39:37 Topic: NY Times Review “Yuja Wang Makes a Case for Piano as Percussion”
43:53 Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion – the challenges of programming the work
48:31 Ksenija’s arrangement of The Rite of Spring for percussion and piano
56:13 Icarus Quartet (two pianos, two percussion) – what commissions are you working on?
58:39 Churches Made Out of Shipwrecks by Michael Laurello
01:01:43 IG Question from @Jade_Hails - You’ve spent time on either coast, what would you say is the primary difference between them from a musical perspective? Gigs, player attitude, teachers, etc.?
1:06:48 IG Question from lrklorker – If you were a character from “The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete”, who would you be?
01:07:50 Who is your favorite person to play in the Percussion Collective?
01:09:13 Michael Jackson arrangement played by the Percussion Collective
01:10:32 How does Jeff Stern challenge you?
01:12:55 What was the last thing that challenged you?
01:16:04 Real friends in music and criticism
01:18:18 Ben talks about ugly babies (book: Creativity, Inc.)
01:19:14 Objective vs. subjective arguments in chamber music
01:23:40 What’s your next project? Icarus Quartet performance in April

@Percussion - 275 Marta Klimasara

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Intro music by Luigi Morello www.morleoeditore.com 

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0:00 Intro and hello.  Teaching online 
2:15 Ben: March 11 in music history.  Hal Blaine  
6:00 Welcome, Marta Klimasara
6:55 Some background
9:15 Your move from Poland to Germany?
11:10 What makes music interesting to you?  What makes a good performance good? 
14:35 Working with Keiko Abe?  Producing such wonderful students.  
19:10 Your journey and pivotal moments? 
21:30 Understanding pieces of music - Corporal
25:44 Overcoming fear in performance? 
26:57 Rupert Kettle's "Tambourines"? 
32:20 When can we see you perform online?!  Little parent detour  
39:30 What are you looking forward to getting back to after COVID? 
44:25 What's keeping you going through COVID? 
46:15 So nice to see you!!  Casey late to Italy.. 
49:20 Casey: convolution and the Hagia Sofia 
1:00:10 Your thoughts on the state of the repertoire?  
1:03:30 Penderecki?  
1:06:15 Female percussionist struggles?

 

@Percussion - 274 -Jillian Baxter

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Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, and Ksenija Komljenović, Karli Viña
Intro music by Reese Maultsby - reesemaultsby.com

 

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0:12 introduction
1:23 today in history: jazz guitarist Mary Osborne, Ligeti Poème Symphonique For 100 Metronomes, Janis Joplin fined for obscene language, Vivaldi born, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet (Tchaikovsky) premiered, Bad Religion album certified gold
6:14 welcome Jillian Baxter!
7:02 teaching during the pandemic
11:35 What is the role of HBCUs in a modern educational landscape?
17:05 Jillian’s GMEA presentation “Level Up: A game plan for improving skills of percussionists with limited time and resources”
25:31 TMEA controversy about systemic racism, NYT Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music
30:51 Jillian’s thoughts on TMEA presentation and NYT article
35:30 the importance of representation
37:40 more thoughts on TMEA presentation from Karli
43:06 Jillian’s work with the PAS Board of Advisors
45:02 Jillian’s work with the PAS Diversity Alliance
49:55 facing discrimination
57:22 Jillian’s hope for what students should learn about diversity: “difference is beautiful”
1:01:30 the weight of advocacy
1:02:37 Executive Director of PAS Joshua Simonds
1:04:44 Jillian’s upcoming projects
1:09:58 Jillian’s hobbies

 

@Percussion - 273 Agostinho Sequeira

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Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Karli Viña, and Ksenija Komljenović
Guest: Agostinho Sequeira https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1sKg64tk8orVg_4LFsGaOw

Intro music by Antek Olesik https://www.youtube.com/user/br7725

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01:17 Music History: Apple’s milestones - surpassed 10 billion song downloads in 2010, Britney Spears released her own brand of CD player – Bubble Gum (2000)
06:38 Guest intro: Agostinho Sequeira
08:09 Homework by François Sarhan
11:37 How was it to compete in TROMP virtually? (lockdown in France)
17:44 Performing as a hologram with an ensemble in the finals
21:39 Should competitions be held virtually in the post-pandemic future? Performing in empty halls to a live-stream. 
25:13 Fake audience noise at athletic events 
26:35 What has winning TROMP do for you?
29:10 Are competitions necessary to launch careers?
36:21 IG Questions: How do you study during quarantine? How did you manage to work and prepare such a huge repertoire for the competition during the pandemic?
42:44 Where does the healthy competition mindset come from?
46:44 IG Question: Who is your favorite composer?
49:09 Playing jazz on marimba
51:56 USA TODAY: Meet the Under 40 Musicians Who Are Making Classical Instruments Cool
01:02:30 IG Question: When is the last time you practiced tambourine?
01:05:20 Share a story from your rebellious times of studying in Lisbon

 

@Percussion 272 - Steven Bryant

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Guest: Steven Bryant https://www.stevenbryant.com
Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Karli Viña, and Ksenija Komljenović
Intro music by: Reese Maultsby - https://www.reesemaultsby.com/

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Timestamps
0:00 Intro and Hello
:57 Today in History: Clyde Stubblefield
5:24 Welcome, Steven! Repertoire for all levels
9:10 Steve’s breakdancing and radio-controlled car racing background(!)
11:25 Studying with Francis McBeth
13:26 John Corigliano
26:17 On the process of composing
34:13 On motivation to compose
39:36 Steve’s piece, The Automatic Earth; Artificial Intelligence
48:33 Facebook/Instagram Questions
53:17 Favorite percussion instruments, percussion writing
58:50 Upcoming projects

@Percussion - 271 - Dani Markham

 

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Dani Markham @danimarkham on Instagram 

Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Karli Vina, and Ksenija Komljenović, Bill Shaltis, Brian Nozny, Caleb Pickering
Intro music by Reese Maultsby

 

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0:00 Intro and hello.
1:15 Ben:  News for Feb 11
6:50 Welcome to Dani Markham! 
8:00 What are you doing currently? 
9:40 Your career life and schedule?
13:01 What has your classical school training taught you about freelancing? 
19:00 Auditioning?  
27:00 Early training by wrote and ear?  
31:20 Auxiliary Percussionist 
39:25 Career path?
44:30 Starting in a new city?
49:15 Any crazy gig stories? 
55:04 Keeping busy during COVID? 
58:45 Favorite xylo rag?
1:02:50 What is your dream for the year post COVID?

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