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@Percussion 319 - Establishing an Artistic Identity with Jason Treuting

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Guest: Jason Treuting https://jasontreuting.com https://sopercussion.com

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0:00 Introduction and welcome
1:51 Today in history: Simon and Garfunkel record The Sounds of Silence, Bad Bunny’s birthday, David Friedman’s birthday
10:25 Welcome Jason Treuting!
11:06 The founding of Sō Percussion, David Lang’s The So Called Laws of Nature
15:17 Sō Percussion’s thoughts on carrying the torch from Percussion Group Cincinnati, Nexus, and Amadinda; the evolution of Sō Percussion
18:18 The moment when Sō Percussion “made it”
22:26 How Sō Percussion’s artistic vision has changed over the years
25:13 Jason’s journey as a composer and his piece, Extremes
34:58 Improvisation vs. composition
35:34 Jason’s influences, studies with Keiko Abe and Steve Gadd
46:52 Nexus and introducing ragtime to their concerts
48:00 Sensibility to composers’ work
48:37 Early Japanese marimba works—Tanaka Two Movements and Miyoshi Conversation Suite
50:22 Sō Percussion collaborations
55:26 Raising the bar rather than doing the minimum requirements
1:01:14 Sō Percussion Summer Institute

@Percussion 318 - Playing as a Section with Jauvon Gilliam, Eric Shin, and Scott Christian

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Guests: Jauvon Gilliam, Eric Shin, and Scott Christian of the National Symphony Orchestra
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0:00 Intro and Hello
1:24 Today in History: Adoption of the Star-Spangled Banner as National Anthem of the U.S.
6:02 Welcome to the show, Jauvon, Eric, and Scott!
8:23 Playing well together
12:13 Cueing within the section
18:49 Timing within the orchestra
27:13 How does chemistry play a role in your playing?
30:40 Finding the right “fit”
34:05 What is the personality of the NSO percussion section?
35:55 What surprised you about playing with the NSO?
40:19 How does playing with an orchestra differ from audition preparation?
45:04 What are some important non-musical skills for an orchestral percussionist or timpanist to have?
52:58 Favorite memories together?

@Percussion - 317 Album Launch & Promotion with Pathos Trio

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Producer: Ksenija Komljenović
Guest: Pathos Trio https://www.pathostrio.com/

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00:00 Intro
03:29 Music History for February 24: Dance Marathons
10:00 Guest Introduction: Pathos Trio 
11:20 Trio and the idea behind this album
13:43 The goal of releasing an album today
16:41 Album cost and financial support
19:02 Learning about securing funding
25:55 Translating the visual element to stage in live performance
29:08 Album launch concert
30:58 Album marketing
40:10 Expectations from the album
42:50 Role a label has in an album release
47:23 How does one get a label?
49:21 The most challenging part of this journey
52:28 Something you wished you knew before you started this journey
54:47 IG Question from Jade Hails: Can you talk about blending piano and percussion? 
58:24 Alan’s composing for Amazon, commercials
59:52 William Craft and George Crumb passed away
1:03:50 Where to buy the album & get tickets for the album release

 

@Percussion - 316 The Percussion Orchestra with Brian West

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Producer: Caleb Pickering
Guest: https://finearts.tcu.edu/faculty_staff/brian-a-west/ 

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1:45 History//David Maslanka
8:50 Guest introduction
11:30 what is "percussion orchestra?" 
16:20 Standard instrumentation of the percussion orchestra
20:12 OU Percussion Press
24:00 TCU Percussion Orchestra
28:12 the importance of conducting
33:25 Commissioning new works
41:00 the future of percussion orchestras
49:12 student compositions and COVID
53:06 the TCU Percussion Festival

 

 

@Percussion 315 - Percussion History with David Harvey

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Guest: David Harvey

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0:00 Introduction and welcome
2:24 Today in history, December 2: birthdate of composer Katherine Hoover, premiere of Carmen Jones on Broadway8:20 Welcome David Harvey!
8:57 the value of studying percussion history
13:18 resources for percussion history
22:33 David’s personal history with mallet percussion and the introduction of the 5 octave marimba
26:36 David’s Facebook group
28:52 David’s interviews with historical percussionists beginning in the 1970s
43:33 lesser known ragtime xylophonists
47:22 mid-century female marimba artists
50:30 the xylophone in Japan
57:11 David’s Marimba and Xylophone History course
59:02 David’s personal collection

 

@Percussion 314 - Playing The Cimbalom with Nicholas Tolle

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Guest: Nicholas Tolle https://www.nicholastolle.com/

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0:00 Intro and Hello
1:19 Today in History: Gloria Estefan receives her star on the Walk of Fame
5:56 Welcome, Nick!
6:49 How did you get started playing cimbalom?
10:30 How did you acquire your cimbaloms? What kind of prices do they go for?
13:23 Hammered dulcimer vs. cimbalom, string layout on cimbalom: https://www.nicholastolle.com/compose...
16:28 Hary Janos
19:38 What are some strengths and limitations of the cimbalom?
20:55 Cimbalom mallets
22:34 Reading music on cimbalom, other musical skills
29:07 Cimbalom career highlights
33:16 Moving the cimbalom and other common audience questions
35:47 Percussion repertoire without percussion instruments (including this: https://youtu.be/n1NOAiy2sZ8)
39:45 Nick’s path as a musician
44:29 Lost and Found by Frederic Rzewski (http://icking-music-archive.org/score...)
47:02 Nick’s performing schedule
50:09 Ludovico Ensemble (https://www.ludovicoensemble.org/)
54:16 Nick’s freelancing advice
57:24 Nick’s next projects

 

@Percussion 313 - Multifaceted Careers with Jamie Whitmarsh

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Hosts: Karli Vina, Ben Charles, and Ksenija Komljenović
Producer: Caleb Pickering
Guest: Jamie Whitemarsh https://www.jamiewhitmarsh.com/ 

 

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1:30 History and Tinnitus

5:37 Welcome Jamie!

7:40 Jamie's background

17:09 Making time for yourself

25:55 The benefits of a composition degree

34:36 Chaos ensues on the Podcast

35:17 Jamie's composition seminar

41:25 Composing for Video Games

47:06 American Biomes Quartet

52:54 Timpani and the OKC Philharmonic

58:58 Jamie's upcoming events

1:00:52 What we consumed this week (La Casa Lobo and PASIC Online)

@Percussion 312 -The Cruise Ship Gig with Paige Durr

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Hosts: Ben Charles, Tracy Wiggins, Casey Cangelosi 
Producer: Casey Cangelosi 
Guest:   Paige Durr http://paigedurrpercussion.weebly.com/ 

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0:00 intro and hello
1:38 Today in history: Alexander Tcherepnin and early percussion pieces 
6:45 Welcome Paige Durr! 
8:00 What is a typical week like on the cruise ship?
10:30 Any unexpected things on the boat? 
12:00 Obligations beyond the Six shows?  
13:00 How'd you get the gig?  Learning the show.
17:50 Your character, Maria?  
21:00 Gear?
24:45 The gig and need for a music degree? 
29:04 Having a digital presence? 
35:10 Welcome, Mariana Ramirez!  SIX on Broadway.
38:55 Advice and roads to Broadway? 
44:15 The new percussion book on SIX? 
47:50 From social media: is the risk of being away on the ship worth what you might miss ? 

 

@Percussion 311 - The Wave Quartet (Pt. 2)

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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) 
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Part 2:

01:08 Jesse Guo: How many gigs do you guys play per year?
01:57 Thomas Waller: What is the process individually and collectively to prepare for a performance?
02:50 Dmitry Konovalchuk: I am a huge fan of yours! How often do you rehearse? Do you have a leader in rehearsals?
06:30  Cosmin Dumitriu (Bucharest): What is your work ethic, how do you schedule your rehearsals?
08:15 Dmitry Konovalchuk: Do you sometimes get bored of performing one piece again and again?
09:41 Alexandra Pliundra: Do you have any habits/rituals before a concert and how many hours do you practice every day?
19:47 Linus Elias Gustavsson (Sweden): Will you and when will you be releasing the arrangement of Carmen?

22:41 Future projects

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

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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

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