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The @Percussion Podcast ep.217 with John Kilkenny


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0:00 intro and hello
3:20 Your schoolmates? Matt Strauss and John Mackey
8:36 Your teachers? Jonathan Haas and Alan Abel
14:15 Percussion in Virginia
20:00 Director of the Sewanee Festival?
35:00 The donation and giving side of administration?
45:30 Karli: Creatures of Habit
1:05:20 Casey: History (Feb.13th)

The @Percussion Podcast ep.216 Roundtable - University job interview questions.mp3




with:  Ben Charles, Karli Vina, Ksenija Komljenovic, Bill Shaltis, Caleb Pickering, Brian Nozny, Casey Cangelosi.  

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0:00 Intro and Hello
4:40 The "strengths/weaknesses" question..
12:10 What to play at the performance portion?
21:12 Recruiting questions?
28:28 Marching Band
34:05 Tell us about a time you resolved a student conflict?
38:00 Why do you want THIS job?
45:30 Good questions to ask the committee?
51:53 How are you innovative in your teaching?
56:10 How would you promote diversity and inclusion?
1:00:43 Asking all candidates the same questions
1:05:50 Why should we pick you over the other candidates?
1:09:20 Some advice

The @Percussion Podcast - 215 Martin Bresnick


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0:00 Intro and hello 2:32 Passing the Coordinator of the Composition Program at Yale University role to Christopher Theofanidis

5:02 Working with Robert van Sice on Grace, double marimba concerto

8:50 How to write for the marimba, considering its advantages and challenges

13:45 The concept of composers exploiting shortcomings of the instrument

17:16 How to approach composing openings of pieces

22:07 Martin’s music inspired by/married to other works of art

30:05 Should art be separated from (the morality and political ideologies of) the artist?

39:00 Martin’s chamber opera My Friend’s Story and Chekhov’s “Strakh”

40:58 Specificity of writing for percussion - Sō Percussion and Caprichos Enfaticos

42:34 Paul Lansky – a friend from High School of Music & Art in New York

43:56 Ben Charles: report on György Ligeti

52:44 Meeting Ligeti and early encounters

58:25 Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles – a little secret about Ligeti’s writing (Romanian folk song)

59:31 The becoming of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre

1:03:45 Ligeti’s Horn Trio

1:05:57 Ligeti – Magyarization of a German name

1:07:18 Nancarrow’s influence on Ligeti

1:08:26 Ligeti: “Martin, who do you think is the greatest living composer?”

1:13:40 A grand lesson from Ligeti

1:15:45 Ligeti’s 70th birthday and meeting Mandelbrot

1:22:30 Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes

1:25:00 Writing an autobiography?

1:26:10 Storytelling

The @Percussion - Episode 214 - Roundtable


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0:00 Intro and hello
1:10 RIP Neil Peart. Rush and some favorites. Casey on Neil Peart
17:20 Ben on Mark Applebaum
27:33 Bill on social media and "Digital Minimalism" (book).
43:20 Caleb on "Performing in the Zone" & "The Inner Game of Golf" (books)
1:01:50 Brian on "How to Fear Less"

The @Percussion - Episode 213 with Matthew Duvall


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0:00 Intro and hello
4:30 Residency at U. of Richmond?
7:40 Your other academic degrees and educational background?
11:50 Interdisciplinary projects?
23:50 Reich Double Sextet?
30:40 Singing in the Dead of Night?
34:50 Favorite performance highlights and some not so good ones?
43:50 Casey: history: Duke Ellington, Judy Collins
54:45 Thoughts on "Red"(play) by John Logan? Grammy's.
1:10:00 Composers and gear?!

The @Percussion - Episode 212 - Jeff Stern


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0:00 Intro and hello
5:10 How did you get into percussion?
9:30 Marching percussion's influence on your concert playing?
12:30 Your playing style, ethics or aesthetics?
15:00 Drumcorps background?
15:55 Icarus Quartet?
22:20 Developing a long-term chamber group project?
30:20 Michael Laurello's music? Spine, Churches Made out of Shipwrecks
35:30 Karli: Encouraging middle and high school percussionists to be well-rounded
44:40 Peabody and teaching, percussion specialization
49:40 Casey: History - Jan 16th: Bartok Sonata, Xenakis' thesis, Benny Goodman plays the first ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall
1:02:19 The Percussion Collective
1:11:12 What do you do other than music?

The @Percussion Podcast ep.211 - Conrado Moya


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0:00 Intro and hello, New Years Resolutions 4:40 Your background and mentors: Katarzyna Mycka and Li Biao? 11:50 Why is the marimba so special? 17:30 Teaching connecting your body with the instrument 22:55 Creating your own mallets? 29:20 Transcription of the Rodrigo Concerto? 37:47 What do you look for when considering adapting or arranging a piece for marimba? 40:00 Bit on programming 41:40 Casey: Music history - Beethoven's nephew 53:28 Differences in marimba performance styles in US and Europe? 58:47 How do you mentor your students towards a career?

The @Percussion Podcast ep.210 Roundtable with Bill Shaltis, Ben Charles, Karli Vina, Ksenija K., Casey Cangelosi


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210 Roundtable - Bill Shaltis, Ben Charles, Karli Vina, Ksenija Komljenović, Casey Cangelosi

0:00 Intro and hello
1:40 Favorite artists? Any you talk about in relation to music and/or pedagogy? Henry Darger, outsider artists, Marina Abramovic, NPR This American Life, themed recitals, Chef's Table - Grant Achatz, Julian Edelman
40:40 Applying for teaching jobs
58:55 If you had to write a second dissertation?


The @Percussion - Episode 209 - Alexandre Esperet


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209 Alexandre Esperet 0:00 Intro and hello

0:55 RIP and thanks to Emil Richards

5:17 Hello to Alexandre Esperet, Ceci n'est pas une balle (This is not a ball)

10:00 Are you going to continue expanding body percussion? What new ideas might be next?

14:30 Working with Thierry de Mey?

18:00 Differences in performers and/or performance practice from country to country?

23:50 Studying with Jean Geoffroy? Approach to playing Bach?

28:50 (Briefly derailed by the chat window and L'Histoire vs Histoire)

31:05 How has performing in competitions influenced you as a performer?

35:12 Do competitions promote artistic growth?

43:12 Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

44:44 Casey: today in history - Duke Ellington "Beggar's Holiday". Duke Ellington and Gary Burton.

53:10 Influences on your compositional style? 56:00 Graphic notation and Labanotation.

The @Percussion Podcast - Episode 208 - David Herbert

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0:00 Intro and hello

4:40 Exercise off the drums?

6:50 Timpani solo pieces you reccomend/favorites?

9:50 How did you come to develop your sound?

15:20 Mallets and opinions

25:12 Metalica gig?

28:00 Conductors you've worked with.

34:15 Working with Jack van Geem?

40:00 Ben: William Kraft

1:02:20 Some thoughts on audience-performer relationship. Building audience.

1:11:28 Why'd you switch from American to German setup?

1:17:55 Approach when playing a work with 2 timpanists?

1:20:20 A bit on surffing for some reason.