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The @Percussion - Episode 199 -Leigh Howard Stevens PART2

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Leigh Howard Steven's five-decade-long career has been spent revolutionizing the art of playing marimba, from performing hundreds of recitals internationally, to codifying marimba technique in his Method of Movement, to designing mallets and instruments. He is a Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame member and has been featured in several mainstream publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, which described him as "the world's greatest marimbist." He has commissioned and premiered works from Joseph Schwantner, John Serry, and David Maslanka, among others.

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0:00 The almost John Corigliano commission?
4:11 Clair Omar Musser?
11:15 Career or life advice for young listeners?
14:50 How things have changed?
26:30 Your legacy?

 

The @Percussion - Episode 198 -Leigh Howard Stevens PART1

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Leigh Howard Steven's five-decade-long career has been spent revolutionizing the art of playing marimba, from performing hundreds of recitals internationally, to codifying marimba technique in his Method of Movement, to designing mallets and instruments. He is a Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame member and has been featured in several mainstream publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, which described him as "the world's greatest marimbist." He has commissioned and premiered works from Joseph Schwantner, John Serry, and David Maslanka, among others.

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0:00 intro and hello.
7:05 Hello to Leigh Howard Stevens
9:10 David Maslanka and LHS?
18:40 Facebook questions: Most challenging piece you've played?
Serry: Night Rhapsody, West Side Suite. Helble: Preludes, Toccata Fantasy. Performing and the feeling of work.
28:00 Publication of West Side Suite?
33:20 Upcoming recording plans?
36:15 Magic tricks...?
42:50 Challenges that beginners have learning the LHS technique?
52:48 Rosewood and the new M-Tech series?
58:35 Casey: Today in history: Paul Creston, Thelonious Monk, Porgy and Bess

The @Percussion Podcast - Episode 197 Stuart Gerber

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Lauded as having “consummate virtuosity” by The New York Times, percussionist Stuart Gerber has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Mexico as a soloist an chamber musician. He is Professor of Music at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

As an active performer of new works, Stuart has been involved in a number of world-premiere performances. He gave the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s last solo percussion work Himmels-Tür in Italy, and his percussion trio Mittwoch-Formel at the annual Stockhausen-Courses in Kürten, Germany. He has also given the US and Australian premieres of Stockhausen’s duo version of Nasenflügeltanz for percussion and synthesizer, and the US premiere of his solo percussion work Komet. Dr. Gerber has been the faculty percussionist for the Stockhausen-Courses since 2005 and has recorded a number of pieces for the Stockhausen Complete Edition released by the Stockhausen-Verlag.

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0:00 intro and hello.
3:50 How do you practice and approach this music that is so differently challenging?
5:31 "Conceptual" music? Zyklus Stockhausen
7:35 Stockhausen's "Heaven's Door" (HIMMELS-TÜR). Practice, the door, meaning.
21:00 Some John Cage thoughts, open ears, defining music.
28:18 Stockhausen's personality? The infamous (and completely out of context) 9/11 quote
34:11 How do you help audiences connect with this avant-garde music?
40:00 Percussion/piano...Bartok Sonata
45:40 Casey: today in music history: Varese, Ives, Cage, Tudor.
49:20 How have your collaborations with composers changed in the last 20 years?
59:20 Casey: podcast speed trivia
1:05:00 RIP Christopher Rouse.

The @Percussion - Episode 196 - Yun Ju (Alice) Pan

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Dr. Yun Ju (Alice) Pan is an award-winning performer and educator who has performed with many notable groups and artists such as Ju Percussion Group, arx duo, The New Morse Code, Gordon Stout, Tomoko Taki, and Gwen Dease among many others. She an active performer, winning the 2016 Australia Marimba Competition and the 2016 Taiwan International Percussion Championship in Marimba, Vibraphone, and Chamber Ensemble. She also received second place in the 2016 Brownsville Marimba Competition and third place in the 2013 PASIC Vibraphone Solo Competition. Dr. Pan has also performed in several music festivals such as the 2013 and 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, 2016 Australia Percussion Gala concert, and the 2017 Indiana Percussion Associate Clinic Day. Alongside performance, Dr. Pan is a well-rounded educator. She has led clinics and masterclasses in universities and public schools around the world with her experience teaching solo performance, percussion ensemble, concert band, and elementary music. Dr. Pan has a passion for connecting western and eastern musical arts, composing works that merge ancient Beijing opera with western instruments and musical idioms. Her work in bridging cultures has led to many collaborations with performers and composers alike.

Dr. Pan is currently the Adjunct Instructor of Percussion at the University of North Alabama, teaching alongside Dr. Tracy Wiggins.

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0:00 intro and hello. North Carolina Percussion Symposium
4:05 Moving in and starting the new job
6:30 Josh Oxford's Three Songs for a Singing Marimbist
8:10 Getting that first Adjunct gig?
12:00 How is teaching divided at UNA?
17:05 Ben: Gordon Stout. Studying with Gordon and finding your voice?
30:19 What from Gordon did you adopt into your own teaching style?
32:00 Having your own voice within others' performance repitoire?
33:12 Competitions? And Australia tangant
42:22 Casey: today in music history, West Side Story premier
50:00 Summer studies with Keiko Abe?
53:25 Why is it important to play Abe? Japanese concept of Ma ("negative space")
59:14 You're compositions and ancient Chinese stories?
1:01:06 Hi, Kaipo Lan.

The @Percussion - Episode 195 - PAS Health and Wellness Committee (PART 2)

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In the room are members of the Percussive Arts Society: Elizabeth DeLamater, Nathaniel Gworek, Alissa Castro , and Brad Meyer. Host, Casey Cangelosi

0:00 Favorite wrist exercise/warm-up?
6:00 Warm-up vs chop building. Posture
13:45 Thoughts on Alexander Technique?
20:41 Goal setting and scheduling
31:12 "Everyone goes to college" problem. Working too much
38:20 Other ways teachers can help, student buddy system?

The @Percussion - Episode 194 - PAS Health and Wellness Committee (PART 1)

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In the room are members of the Percussive Arts Society: Elizabeth DeLamater, Nathaniel Gworek, Alissa Castro , and Brad Meyer. Host, Casey Cangelosi
0:00 Intro and hello
2:40 Mental health and care
9:19 University counseling centers are swamped nation-wide
16:22 Link between creative people and mental illness.
20:35 The "tortured artist"
24:48 Overworked student
33:12 How can teachers help?
38:53 Exercise...
46:25 PASIC Fun Run, morning sessions
49:40 What is the Health & Committee?
53:23 Is there an acceptable amount of expected injury?

The @Percussion - Episode 193 - Jonathan Haas

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Jonathan Haas, hailed by Ovation magazine as "the Paganini of the timpani." He performed the only solo timpani recital at Carnegie Hall in 1980, and made his debut as an orchestral soloist under Maxim Shostakovich with the New York Chamber Orchestra. His repertoire spans from Edgar Varese to Frank Zappa, and he premiered the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists in 2000. He has taught on the faculty of New York University, Juilliard Pre-College, Peabody Conservatory, and the Aspen Music Festival.

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0:00 Intro and hello.
3:00 Injury warning
9:40 Percussion rental business in NYC
17:30 Studying with Saul Goodman? Goodman timpani book. Stickings and crossings.
35:00 Styles, conductors, and changes
40:20 Would your career pursuit be any different if you were a student today?
46:24 Your student, Svet?
51:04 NYC solo recital at Carnegie Hall?
1:01:15 Ben: William Moersch. The epic Moersch/Haas fight.
1:12:25 Casey: Today (Sept.5) in music history

 

 

The @Percussion - Episode 192 - James Campbell

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James Campbell is the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky.  He's received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout The Americas, Europe, and Asia. Currently Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society.

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0:00 Intro and hello. Hi, Jeff 7:57 Provost's Distinguished Service Professor? 9:55 Preparing students for jobs in higher ed? 18:05 What knowledge and skills do you want your students to graduate with? 20:22 Ben: Glen Kotche 30:17 Importance of mult-percussion? 33:17 Studying with Al O'Connor? 35:24 What are the schedules like for your undergrads, MM's, and DMA's? 40:15 Karli: setting goals / back to school. 4 Guidelines for Effective Goal Setting. 52:10 4 quadrants and time management, balance. 58:30 Aluphone experience? 1:00:02 How did you become such good friends with Anders Astrand? 1:05:14 Today in history: Dame Ethel Smyth

The @Percussion - Episode 191 - Cameron Leach

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Cameron is one of the most exciting young voices in percussion, having appeared internationally in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He is the winner of the Percussive Arts Society International Solo Artist Competition and Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music

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0:00 Intro and hello, new Tool album!
5:30 Higdon Percussion Concerto
9:50 Starting your own podcast?
18:35 Using social media?
26:05 Today in music: Stockhausen
28:10 "It is Not a Ball" piece
32:45 Making contact with performance organizations/venues
38:10 Affording travels and gear? Organizing your days performing and teaching?
45:20 Adjunct time at Kent State?
50:00 Cat vs dog?
52:25 More on Tool
56:25 Today in music: Cage 4'33"
1:05:55 Studying with Michael Burritt?

The @Percussion - Episode 190 - Round Table #2 - Part 2 - with: Rebecca Kite, Marco Schirripa, Brian Nozny, Brian Blume, Caleb Pickering, Ben Charles, Casey Cangelosi

190 - Round Table #2 - Part 2 - with: Rebecca Kite, Marco Schirripa, Brian Nozny, Brian Blume, Caleb Pickering, Ben Charles, Casey Cangelosi

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In the room are: Rebecca Kite, Marco Schirripa, Brian Nozny, Brian Blume, Caleb Pickering, Ben Charles, Casey Cangelosi
 
0:00 Continuing thoughts on publishing
7:55 Dealing with self-publishing and copyright.
14:52 "Fair use"
20:12 Percussionists-composers -"hits"
30:26 The instant satisfaction delema
43:53 Casey: This day in music - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Leon Theremin, Sofia Shostakovich, Harry Partch, Pauline Oliveros.

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