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@Percussion - 298 Chad Crummel

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Hosts: Ksenija Komljenović, Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, and Karli Viña
Producer: Ben Charles
Guest: Chad Crummel https://chadcrummel.com

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0:10 Introduction
0:53 Today in history: September 23 - John Coltrane birthday
5:52 Welcome Chad Crummel!
6:31 Chad’s recent Navy Band audition
13:45 Band vs. orchestra audition differences
15:30 Balancing excerpts with other musical fulfillment
17:40 Practice habits of highly successful musicians
22:07 Auditioning and performing in Japan’s Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra
28:30 What’s the one thing you learned about collaborating with people in such a diverse environment?
34:41 Modern Snare Drum Competition: lessons learned from competing more than once
42:02 Andy Akiho’s Stop Speaking for snare drum and electronics
46:37 Balance of live electronics with percussion
50:23 James MacMillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel percussion concerto
56:01 Chad’s upcoming snare drum masterclass

@Percussion - 297 - Starting Your Chamber Group with Fabian Ziegler

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Producer: Ksenija Komljenović
Guest: Fabian Ziegler https://fabianziegler.ch/ of Trio Colores https://www.colorestrio.ch/

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00:00 Intro
01:16 Music History for September 16: 1887 Nadia Boulanger birthday, 1976 Elina Garanča birthday, 1977 Maria Callas death, 2006 Bob Dylan becomes the oldest person to top Billboard at age 65
04:05 Best-selling albums of classical music in this century
06:43 Guest intro: Fabian Ziegler
07:47 What’s up, where are you?
08:21 Starting Trio Colores in 2017
09:51 Defining success in a chamber music setting
11:03 How do you find the right people to play with?
12:43 Approach to selecting repertoire
17:13 Any repertoire that you tried arranging for percussion which did not work?
18:53 Roasting Ksenija begins (thanks, Ben)
19:32 Arranging percussion pop hits: Losa, Ghanaia, Catching Shadows
22:09 Why does it matter to come up with program themes?
28:21 Networking
32:05 The role of competitions in Colores Trio’s career
34:06 The importance of international competitions in expanding your career
36:16 How do you get to have such awesome videos?
38:18 How and when do you get management?
43:46 Casey joins and shares some wisdom on getting published/managed
48:42 Finances and chamber groups
53:40 The most challenging thing about having a chamber group
58:18 Upcoming projects to look out for

@Percussion - 296 - Technology in Percussion Education with Robby Burns

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Hosts: Karli Viña, Casey Cangelosi, Ben Charles, and Ksenija Komljenović
Producer: Karli Viña
Guest: Robby Burns https://www.robbyburns.com/

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0:00 Intro and Hello
1:11 Today in History: Elton John, “Bootylicious,” James Blades, Elvin Jones
4:53 Welcome, Robby!
6:28 Robby’s book: Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers
12:04 Robby’s top 3 tips for teachers (including wrangling email)
19:54 When to delegate tasks to professionals?
22:26 What is the most indispensable tech?
Check out Robby’s favorite technology: http://www.robbyburns.com/my-favorite-technology
29:03 Privacy concerns?
32:31 What should we keep from the last year?
 https://nafme.org/take-leave-transform-what-do-we-keep-from-last-school-year/
39:36 Running a successful private studio
43:38 Music Ed Tech Talk - Robby’s podcast and blog
 https://musicedtechtalk.com
48:31 Silver linings from the pandemic?
51:22 Using Ableton Live in private teaching
55:41 What’s coming up next for Robby?

 

@Percussion - 295 - How to Practice with Josh Jones and Colin Hill

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0:00 intro and hello
1:15 Music History today: Bing Crosby's connection to Varese
6:12 Welcome Josh and Colin
7:40 What do you consider good practice?
12:17 Practice journals? 
14:55 Is more practice better?  What is deliberate practice? 
18:58 Hours yes, but balance yes 
22:30 Josh, "Peak Performance"? 
26:45 Brain vs hands?  
34:25 Colin's Self Survey
43:36 Why do you suspect practice is hard for some and easy for others? 
53:09 Recommendations for getting motivated? 
59:20 Social media questions: the most effective way to start learning a piece?  Practice strategies when you hit a wall?

@Percussion - 294 Recording and Entrepreneurship with Nicholas Sardello

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Producer: Ben Charles
Guest: Nicholas Sardello https://nicksardello.wixsite.com/nicksardello

 

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0:00 Intro
1:23 Today in history: Tchaikovsky finishes Symphony No. 5; An American in Paris (film) premiered; 1981 Nico Mulhy Born, 1983 Merry Christmas; Mr. Lawrence released; 1967 Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze enters the Billboard Top 100 chart
3:30 Welcome Nick Sardello!
4:21 Why should performers consider hiring a recording engineer?
9:04 What’s a common error percussionists miss in recording themselves?
12:33 What’s the difference between an engineer and a producer?
17:20 What recording skills should a performer develop?
22:35 “Those little DI boxes”
25:11 What is important for a recording engineer to study in terms of understanding music?
27:59 Gear for self recording
30:02 Microphone frequency range responses
33:04 How Nick started recording
39:10 Meeting Joe Lamond of NAMM
41:30 College programs in music business/music production
47:37 “The hustle” in creative career paths
52:04 Cameron Leach on how to pay creative people

 

@Percussion - 293 - Working in Film with Aleksandra Šuklar

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Hosts: Ben Charles, Ksenija Komljenović, and Karli Viña

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00:00 Intro
02:25 History – August 19: Bernstein’s Final Concert at Tanglewood (do you know which score he chose to be buried with?) and Lou Pearlman’s death in prison (producer of N’ Sync and Backstreet Boys)
6:30 Guest introduction: Aleksandra Šuklar
8:18 What’s up, Aleksandra?
9:40 How did you get involved with music in film?
10:55 Advice for folks who want to start working in film
14:55 Getting into the music scene if you do not live in LA 
16:13 Living in LA might not be all it is hyped out to be
17:07 What is Hans Zimmer like?
18:35 What does a remote session look like?
20:53 What all do you have to do to your tracks before delivering?
25:23 What kind of equipment and space are necessary to start out?
28:08 How many takes do you do?
32:39 Talking to producers, directors, composers throughout the process
34:50 Not receiving scores, but midi/other parts to record
36:35 How have you upgraded since you moved your recording activities into your new studio?
40:40 Casey’s mic conspiracy theory
43:31 How does one get paid for international work?
49:16 Can one make a living doing remote sessions?
52:12 IG Question from grin_osipov: Say hello from Grisha Osipov! Ask her how the pandemic changed her percussion routine and gigs.
54:02 IG Questions from kian_soltani_cellist: What’s your favorite film score?

@Percussion - 292 Composition with Pius Cheung and Gene Koshinski

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0:00 Intro and hello
1:15 Congrats on the new gig, Karli! 
1:38 Today in history: RIP John Cage 
7:35 Where do your ideas come from and what inspires you? 
14:00 Not getting stuck in a physical gesture or technique?  
17:00 How to start writing? When is an idea good enough to commit to paper? 
24:20 Most played = best piece?  
31:33 Writing for yourself vs others? 
34:54 Composition show & tell: Cheung - Princess Chang Ping, Yuen, Heaven and Earth, Synced/Unsynced
43:45 Composition show & tell: Koshinski - Long Exposure, Free Spins
52:40 Quick on learning notation software - Google it!  
53:45 Questions from social media: Compositional techniques evolving, Gene and the speedbag

@Percussion - 291 Roundtable Season End

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Intro music by Reese Maultsby - reesemaultsby.com

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0:00 Intro and hello
2:45 Today in history: Eric Satie.  The "G" pieces.  Vexations and mental stamina.   
16:40 Some on Minimalism.  Prospective and cumulation.   
23:14 Getting yourself back into a performance space since we're likely finally getting to live performing
36:25 End of the Season (the 6 year season).  Favorites and hits?

@Percussion - 290 Donnie Johns

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Intro music by Reese Maultsby https://www.reesemaultsby.com/ 

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0:11 intro
2:22 today in history: Beyoncé released 4, vlogger leaked Guns N’ Roses, A Spaniard in the Works, Terry Riley birthday, Harry Partch birthday
7:59 Welcome Donnie Johns!
9:10 The DMV Percussion Academy
10:38 How Donnie adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic
15:02 creating access for all students
19:02 June 24 registration for DMV Percussion Academy
19:45 promoting wellness
23:19 Instagram question: what has been the hardest part of your career?
27:23 food and music
32:28 Gourmet Symphony
36:25 Donnie’s performance career highlights
39:14 freelancing advice
42:14 the state of racism and social justice in percussion and classical music
47:23 How can we help bridge the knowledge gap for non-percussionist band directors?
51:48 PASIC is $60!
52:42 patterns in successful grant proposals
58:09 Michiko Takahashi and the contrabass marimba

@Percussion - 289 Jenny Klukken

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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

 

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