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The @Percussion - Episode 151 - John Psathas

August 16, 2019

151 - John Psathas


We are excited that joining us this week is New Zealand composer John Psathas.  John is a favorite among percussionists, with his commission roster including powerhouse performers Evelyn Glennie, Ju Percussion, and Pedro Carneiro. His music was heard by billions in 2004 when he composed music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympics.  

Watch here. Listen below. 

0:00 intro and hello
1:53 By the beach and a special "View" 
3:50 Settling in New Zealand  
7:23 Collaborative process when unfamiliar with the artist?
11:33 Writing process 
17:28 Writing for the player's ease vs not.  
22:50 Timpani works and solo timpani?   
33:00 Laurel: Anatomy of Drumming (book)
49:27 Dave Weckl influence?
53:00 Ben: Evelyn Glennie 
1:05:00 Recent work with Piano Circus?  How do you choose who you collaborate with?
1:08:25 Online, and not just sharing the best experiences