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@Percussion - 289 Jenny Klukken

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Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, Karli Viña, and Ksenija Komljenović
Intro music by Antek Olesik https://www.youtube.com/user/br7725

Guest: Jenny Klukken https://www.jennyklukken.com/

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00:12 Casey’s potty training
01:50 Music History (June 17): Stravinsky birthday + Stravinsky’s friendship with Picasso
06:04 Guest intro: Jenny Klukken
07:21 Jenny’s upcoming album promo/sneak peek: “Marimbista”
07:52 Tell us about the album!
12:32 The Evolution of the Marimba, hosted by Beverley Johnston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oidjHdk6ocQ
13:21 How has Fernando Meza influenced you?
15:48 What do you wish you knew before you started the process of working on your album?
16:36 Hiring a Kickstarter/crowdfunding coach
17:49 Cat interruption 
18:15 How did you know Kickstarter coaches existed?
20:33 Casey’s favorite Kickstarters
22:46 Raising money on Kickstarter (selling paintings/crossing over music and visual art)
24:40 Dog interruption
24:50 The album production process: when did you start communicating with labels? Releasing with a label vs. independently
28:41 How does the coaching relationship work? 
29:26 Picking a record label/producer/engineer for a new musical concept
33:54 Topic: NFTs in music (Dallas News article: Dallas Choir Verdigris Ensemble turns unique digital music piece into a $375,000 windfall at auction)
44:33 Environmental impact of NTFs and why Jacob Collier did not sell his Logic Session as NFT
53:50 Jenny’s visual art
56:08 How does visual art influence your music?
59:42 Jenny’s thoughts on improvisation
01:03:56 Working with Eric Sammut
01:08:53 Set the date - July 16 – Jenny’s album drop! Check out her teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgkAO_LatDY

 

@Percussion - 288 Tim Genis

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Guest: Tim Genis
Hosts: Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, and Karli Viña
Intro music by: Reese Maultsby - https://reesemaultsby.com

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Timestamps
0:00 Intro and Hello
2:20 Today in History: First recital ever, Carl Nielson’s birthday, Premiere of Tristan and Isolde
5:46 Welcome, Tim Genis!
6:32 Innovations, both musical and with equipment
17:07 Development of Tim’s sound in the BSO  
27:25 About Vic Firth (the person) and the role of the timpanist in orchestra
39:15 The current state of the Met Opera Orchestra and other professional orchestras
1:00:34 Preparing students for the challenge of the orchestral world
1:08:44 Tim’s favorite repertoire

@Percussion Podcast - 287 Matt Jordan

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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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3:39 Mallet drawing giveaway, courtesy of IP.  Congrats, Pedro Castro
4:40 Welcome, Matt Jordan
6:10 JSU during the pandemic? 
12:45 Matt's father, John Jordan https://www.johnjordanwoodturning.com/
16:30 What have you learned from working at Pearl? 
20:25 Patents on products 
25:20 Work balance
27:50 How do you balance working with multiple marching groups in a season?  
31:00 Money from arranging? 
33:57 Balance and being well rounded
41:03 Casey: When we talk about "good" and the criticism of Thomas Kinkade's art
1:04:41 Playing with the Nashville Symphony?  Movie gigs in Nashville 
1:13:15 Large setup rants 
1:16:00 Something about Teslas...idk

@Percussion - 286 Caitlin Jones

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Hosts: Ben Charles, Karli Viña, and Ksenija Komljenović
Intro music by Antek Olesik https://www.youtube.com/user/br7725

Guest: Caitlin Jones https://www.instagram.com/cnjonesperc_/?hl=en

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00:40 Music History (May 27): Sean Kinney birthday (Alice in Chains drummer), Luciano Berio death (plus life, arranging The Beatles, sense of humor, etc.)
05:30 Guest intro: Caitlin Jones
06:30 How has it been at Lee University this year?
07:10 Any big takeaways from teaching during COVID?
08:22 Sharing tambourines 
09:02 Working with Andy Harnsberger
10:51 What’s it like to have a Pomeranian in every rehearsal? Dogs and percussion.
12:08 Collaboration with Harnsberger and recording his work “The Long Road”
14:02 Working with a production company (GreenHaus Production)? Pros and cons of recording.
16:20 Any tendencies you discovered after listening to your recordings?
18:20 How do you record? Do you have a producer?
21:21 Upcoming recording sessions: Lukas Ligeti’s Thinking Songs and a duo with Harnsberger
23:06 Ben topic from Dazed Digital by Scarlett Baker – Artificial Intelligence creates ‘new’ songs by Amy Winehouse and Nirvana to raise awareness of musicians’ mental health
32:35 The Beatles recording in 1994 (using Lennon’s demo tapes, after he died)
35:16 Health and wellbeing tips from Caitlin: warming up, technique
39:00 The state of physical wellness in the marching world
43:09 Why Ben can’t play Corporel (it’s the teeth)
44:45 How to get students to love warmups
48:45 What could educational institutions do to help with improving students’ mental health?
52:50 IG Question from sam.riddick_: How did you get started playing percussion?
54:08 What made you choose on music as a career?
55:06 Caitling playing the US Premiere of Roumen Boyadjiev’s Concerto for Marimba
56:41 The relationship between physical fitness and music (plus, who benches more – you or Andy?)
01:00:21 Stigma around physical issues when playing

@Percussion - 285 Diana Loomer

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

Guest: Diana Loomer https://www.dianaloomer.com/

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01:59 Music History (May 20): American Premiere of Beethoven 9, Busta Rhymes birthday, Elton John the first Western pop star to tour USSR, Lars Ulrich (Metallica) the first witness at a US Senate hearing over copyright issues with Napster, rant about copyright and MP3s
12:32 Guest Intro: Dr. Diana Loomer
13:43 The Melodic Timpani Project
17:17 Timpani in drum core
19:17 The mechanics of timpani playing
21:22 Diana’s guidelines for composers writing for timpani 
22:50 Psathas writing Buyan for Diana
24:41 Psathas’ Planet Damnation: performing live vs. recording 
27:07 Switching between playing on different types/brands of timpani
29:20 2-hour notice to perform Planet Damnation as a soloist with ensemble live on never-before-seen timpani
31:43 Ben: PAS Timpani Competition anecdote
32:22 Brian Nozny writing for Diana Loomer
36:12 Ben: William Moersch and Jonathan Haas anecdote
36:51 Which other pre-Loomer era pieces exist that are for melodic timpani?
39:08 Timpani pedaling
40:36 Casey’s game: Name That Tune on timpani
41:55 Flight of the Bumblebee trivia
42:24 Django Reinhardt as inspiration for timpani 
43:20 Ksenija topic: The New York Times article “To Express a Country’s Soul, He Invented New Instruments” about composer and inventor Joaquín Orellana
53:10 Yamaha: musical instruments and motorcycle designers trade places
56:32 A nod to Diana’s influences and contemporaries
57:41 FB Q from Sean McWilliams – “Through your work with the Melodic Timpani Project, what has been the biggest takeaway from the music you had written?”
01:00:31 FB Q from Sean McWilliams “Do you feel that melodic timpani playing has a place in collegiate curriculum and to what degree?”
01:02:20 FB Q from Hal Rosenfeld “Does Dr. Loomer like to pedal more when passages et more complex/chromatic vs. using more drums? Plus, should there be a cap on 5 drums?
01:05:17 FB Q from Hal Rosenfeld: “Tips for mapping out pedal changes when having minimal/no time to look at the piece (or sight reading a piece)?” Concept of “grouping”.
01:06:13 Thanks and subscribe to our Patreon!

 

@Percussion - 284 Jauvon Gilliam

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0:00 Intro and hello
2:08 Ksenija - today in music history:  Mozart's first opera 
6:03 Welcome, Jauvon Gilliam
7:24 COVID  
11:05 Jauvon's signature timpani mallets through Innovative Percussion
19:10 Balancing many jobs? 
22:28 Capitol Percussion? 
29:45 Your goals after winning your job at such a young age? 
33:45 New bells at the Minnesota Orchestra 
36:52 How church bells are made  
44:11 Jauvon's beginnings as a pianist? 
50:40 Helping your students beyond music?  
56:37 How do I get even hands?!
1:00:29 Orchestras surviving post COVID? 
1:05:50 Video games

@Percussion - 283 Tim Palmer

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0:00 Intro and hello
0:50 Karli: History on May 6
3:09 Welcome, Tim Palmer 
5:30 World Percussion Group going online this year?
9:25 Your favorite part of World Percussion Group? 
10:25 What have you learned/changed about WPG?
12:10 Caleb, having your music played on the WPG tour? 
14:00 How do you determine financial options for WPG?
17:03 Administrating WPG? 
19:24 Approaching companies for sponsorship support? 
23:48 How do you balance such a busy life?
29:45 How did you and Jason start together? 
35:42 Working with Joseph Pereira and Dudamel?
42:48 What non musical skills do our students need? 
46:48 Karli: Movement and musicality
54:00 Tim on movement 
1:01:08 What common non musical skills do you see in the successful WPG graduates?
1:05:24 Where do you see WPG in the future?

 

@Percussion - 282 PAS New Music Research Committee

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Guests: Members of the PAS New Music/Research Committee: Joey Van Hassel, Lee Hinkle, Jennifer Torrence, Aaron Butler, and Sean Hamilton
Hosts: Ben Charles, Karli Viña, and Ksenija Komljenović
Intro music by: Reese Maultsby - https://reesemaultsby.com

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0:00​ Intro and Hello
2:19​ Today in History: RATM, Freddie Mercury, Hair, Duke Ellington’s Birthday, Philip Glass & Allen Ginsberg 
7:41​ Welcome Joey, Lee, Jennifer, Aaron, and Sean!
13:01​ New Music/Research Presents
21:30​ Value Judgements in New Music/Selecting Repertoire
29:32​ The Intersection of Performance Art & Percussion
39:23​ Compositional Trends
51:16​ On the Role of Entertainment
1:05:32​ Jennifer’s Current Repertoire
1:07:36​ What composer/repertoire is on your radar right now?
1:19:26​ Looking ahead to NM/R Presents @ PASIC 2021!
1:20:53​ Apply for PAS Committees!

 

@Percussion 281 - Michael Laurello

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0:11​ intro
0:45​ today in history: composer Ethel Symth’s birthday, her work The March of the Women
5:00​ Welcome Michael Laurello!
6:04​ Michael’s work, Spine
14:38​ qualities in performers that make the collaboration process more rewarding
16:18​ Michael’s favorite collaborations
18:06​ new work for Jeff Stern: “I always visit the same imaginary city when I dream” for prepared vibraphone and electronics
20:40​ ear training for composers and recording engineers
23:21​ new trends in recording expectations for performers and composers
27:24​ Ben rant asking if recordings have ruined music, authenticity in recording
29:19​ recording skills that students should be learning
35:47​ San Francisco Classical Voice article, Freelancers on the Edge: How They Are Making It During Shutdown
41:20​ how video editing fits into Michael’s work and the ability to control as a recording engineer
43:40​ Glenn Gould’s take on recording vs. live music
51:27​ Ksenija story about “cello” vs. “cello” in Serbian
52:35​ studying with John McDonald, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, and Chris Theofanidis
55:25​ Ben’s rant about music notation
1:00:17​ Michael’s musical influences: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehdau, Meshuggah, Tool, Debussy, Ravel, medieval music (hocket, isorhythm)
1:02:28​ Michael’s new piece for percussion quartet and chamber orchestra

@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

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