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@Percussion 311 - The Wave Quartet (Pt. 1)

December 23, 2021

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Hosts: Caleb Pickering, Karli Viña, and Ksenija Komljenović
Producer: Ksenija Komljenović
Guest: Wave Quartet (Bogdan Bacanu, Christoph Sietzen, Emiko Uchiyama, and Nico Gerstmayer) 
http://wavequartet.com/home-en/

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00:11 Intro

01:42 Guest Introduction: Wave Quartet

02:42 Tell us a bit about how you formed the Wave Quartet, Bogdan. 
 
05:22 How has the ensemble evolved throughout the years, Christoph? 

10:38 How has the personality of the quartet changed throughout the years? Did the repertoire and kind of audience you have in mind change?
 
13:26. Nico, what has it been like to enter an established ensemble? 
 
15:57 Tell us about your first concert experience with the Wave Quartet, Emiko. Did you feel you were at the beginning of something historical being created?

17:19 Ben’s story of meeting Emiko at UNT and question: How has studying with Keiko shaped your thoughts on playing the marimba?

21:55 Teaching at Anton Bruckner Private University and recruiting excellent students.

25:55 One year “confirmation period” at Anton Bruckner Private University.

28:46 What is the greatest challenge the ensemble has faced in its career?

36:50 Every great team consists of people who have different strengths to contribute, yet a strongly shared vision. How would you describe each member's strength?

42:17 When did you know Wave Quartet was going to take off?

51:20 Where does your love of chamber music come from?

46:50 Breaking out of the “percussion niche”

55:15 It takes a village to run a good ensemble. Who are some of the invisible members (non-performers) who are crucial to your quartet's operation?

01:01:23 How has your recording process changed between your first and last album? 

01:04:53 Recording Carmen

01:07:00 Rehearsing in a castle

Part 2 release date: December 30, 2021