Clarineat: The Clarinet Podcast

Join host Sean Perrin as he discusses “all that’s new and neat with clarinet, with the neatest people in the industry” on the world’s most popular clarinet podcast. Past guests include distinguished artists such as Martin Fröst, Michael Lowenstern, and Lori Freedman, and product manufacturers such as Legere Reeds, Backun Musical Services, and Royal Musical Instruments. Check out the website at and be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter for a chance to win giveaways.
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Feb 27, 2018

In today's episode of the podcast I speak to Corrado Guiffredi about his new signature clarinet from Backun called the CG Carbon, which is the world's first carbon fibre clarinet. Corrado also discusses his preference for using a crystal mouthpiece paired with synthetic reeds, why he plays with a double lip embouchure, and shares advice for young musicians looking to pursue a career in music.

Feb 14, 2018

In today's episode of the podcast I'm having a look back at some of the top episodes of 2017. Find out the most popular episode in download numbers, which was voted listener favorite, which one generated the most discussion, and which was my personal favorite. 

Jan 16, 2018

Today on the podcast I discuss "painting with sound" with Spencer Cheyne. We discuss all elements of recording in great detail, from choosing a mic on a budget to treating your room and why Spencer thinks that mixing is like painting with sound.

Dec 24, 2017

I invite you to join me for a special Christmas edition of the Clarineat Podcast. Learn about some of my favourite items from my list of 20 Neat Gift Ideas for Clarinetists under $100, and also hear special clarinet Christmas memories submitted by nine listeners. Make sure to stick around to the end of the show where one of these nine listeners wins a free clarineat t-shirt. Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dec 21, 2017

Elena Xanthoudakis first joined me for a conversation on Episode 31 of the Clarineat Podcast, where she discussed her new CD called "The Captive Nightingale" and her publishing company called Kroma Editions. I'm excited to say that today she is back for a second episode to provide me with an update about her work. We discuss her company's new website which features digital and physical editions of the romantic rarities she rediscovered, recordings of these pieces, and more.

Dec 19, 2017

Dr. Kornel Wolak is a prominent international performer, member of the "Double Double Duo," is actively involved with the Speech-Language Pathology Department at University of Toronto, and is the author of a new book called "Articulation Types on Clarinet" which is the main focus of today's conversation.

Dec 14, 2017

In this episode of the Podcast I reflect on the life of Harry Sparnaay who sadly passed away on December 12, 2017, and then re-broadcast the conversation (in full) that we had back in 2016 on the podcast. In this conversation Harry reflected on his life as a pioneering bass clarinetist, why he considered the bass clarinet the "Emperor of the Instruments," and the story of his first experience playing music, which he describes in unbelievable detail even after more that 50 years since the day it occurred. RIP Harry Sparnaay, you will be sorely missed and I greatly appreciate your contributions to the clarinet community.

Dec 8, 2017

In today's episode of the podcast I speak with Tommaso Lonquich, who is the clarinetist with the world's most active chamber music performance schedule. He's performed on 4 continents at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to local auditoriums in his hometown. We discuss his exciting career as a chamber musician, his upcoming international concert tour, advice for travelling clarinetists, and even the importance of taking care of your hearing in everyday situations.

Dec 6, 2017

In today's episode of the podcast I share part two in a series where I've be releasing past "lightning rounds" and other extended portions of episodes that had previously been made available exclusively to Patreon backers. I'll be working in reverse chronological order, starting at Episode 60 with Eugene Mondie, and then Episode 59 with Ricardo Morales. Then I have a special guest named Garrett Hope who runs another podcast called "The Portfolio Composer" coming on to tell me a little bit about his show, but then also to turn the mic around and asks ME the lightning round questions, which was a lot of fun.

Nov 14, 2017

In today's episode of the podcast I share part one of two in a series where I'll be releasing "lightning rounds" and other extended portions of past episodes that had previously been made available exclusively to Patreon backers. I'll be working in reverse chronological order, starting at Episode 68 with Brad Behn, Episode 67 With Charles Neidich, and then Episode 65 where I discussed some ways to travel to Clarinetfest on a budget.

Nov 3, 2017

In this episode of the podcast I'm joined by Jenny Maclay who runs the popular online blog called, where she posts fun educational materials for the clarinet community. In October 2017 Jenny launched a program called the Baermann Bootcamp, and it went a bit viral in the clarinet community online. Even though october is technically over (I was hoping to get this episode out much sooner and I apologize for the delay) Jenny explains how you can start your own boot camp at any time. We also discuss her website, and this episode marks the return of the lightning round, which was exclusive for Patreon backers for the last 10 episodes but I've decided to bring back to the general audience due to popular demand and the fact that the insights shared in the lightning round are just too good to miss.

Oct 31, 2017

In today's episode of the podcast host Sean Perrin celebrates the upcoming milestone of 100 thousand downloads of the Clarineat Podcast. He shares stats from the podcast and website, talks about ways to support the show, and listeners send in their thoughts on their favourite moments from the podcast. At the end of the podcast one of the listeners who submitted a voicemail will win a $100 gift card to the Clarineat online store. Thank you so much for listening and I look forward to the next 100 thousand downloads!

Sep 28, 2017

In this episode of the podcast I'm joined by the wonderful Brad Behn of Behn mouthpieces. We focus on his "EPIC" line of mouthpieces that feature reverse-engineered proprietary rubber, o-ring tenons, and are available in tilted ergonomic designs, but we also touch on his barrels, bells, reeds, and some really wonderful things he's planning for the future of his company. His approach is all about getting more from the instrument with less effort from the player and his artistic wisdom and vision is truly inspiring.

Sep 20, 2017

In today's episode of the podcast I'm joined by the legendary Charles Neidich for a conversation about his upcoming "Wa" concert series in New York City, and he shares some incredible insight into his performance and historical study of pieces including Elliott Carter's "Gra" and the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, for which he is releasing his own annotated version in the spring of 2018. 

Sep 18, 2017

In today's episode of the podcast I am joined by Claire Hammond and Annabelle Moe from Moe-Bleichner Music Distribution to discuss their new product called the Match Pitch barrel. This barrel was my pick for "Neatest and Newest" item at ClarinetFest 2017 and it features an adjustable length between 63 and 67 mm, durable 3D-printed construction, a creative colour-coded measuring system, and a price of just $49.

Sep 13, 2017

In this episode of the Clarineat podcast I discuss my experiences from ClarinetFest 2017. You'll learn about some of the amazing performances, presentations, and products, and also some thoughts from Clarineat Listeners. Make sure to listen all the way to the end to find out who won a brand new Vientos Bambu ligature. Thank you to D'Addario, Backun Musical Services, Patreon backers and everyone else who helped make this trip possible!

Aug 18, 2017

Today I speak with Jerome Bunke, who is the producer of Stanley Drucker's 5 CD release called the Heritage Collection, which was the feature of the last episode. Jerome is a highly accomplished clarinetist and producer, and we discuss elements of his career as a performer, what it means to produce music, the importance of performing contemporary repertoire, and we have some surprising and interesting conversation about digital music formats vs. traditional vinyl that you won't want to miss.

Jul 25, 2017

In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast I'm joined by the legendary Stanley Drucker, who is of course the former principal clarinetist of The New York Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held for over 60 years.

During his time with the orchestra, Stanley also maintained a busy schedule as a chamber musician and recitalist. He could, of course, be found performing at illustrious venues like Carnegie Hall, but you might be surprised to learn that he also performed quite often at venues such as churches and school auditoriums, places, of course, where you might not expect to find one of the world's greatest musicians.

Today, our conversation focuses on this element of Stanley's work, and most notably the release of an exciting new set of CDs called the "Heritage Collection." This collection features live recordings at many different venues recorded over a 30 year span from the early 1970s to mid 2000s. Stanley is joined in performance on this set by world class chamber ensembles such as the Juilliard String Quartet and, of course, his wonderful wife Naomi Drucker who is an accomplished clarinetist in her own right. I'm thrilled to say that Naomi also joins me in conversation for part of today's interview.

Jul 20, 2017

In today's episode of the Clarineat podcast I'm joined by the four girls from "Four Play Clarinet" ensemble. They are a relatively new group that arranges covers of pop tunes, produces exciting music videos, and then releases them to inspire the next generation of young musicians on YouTube. Their videos are generating a ton of buzz online with one song, a cover of "Lean On" by a band called Major Lazer, raking in over a half million views alone.

Learn about what's in a name, how the girls arrange and choose music, how they feel they are influencing the next generation of young musicians, and some of their long term goals as an ensemble.

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Jul 6, 2017

In this episode of the podcast I speak with Matthias Mueller, who is the co-inventor of a device called the SABRE. The SABRE is a device that connects to your clarinet or saxophone and transfers pressure and motion information to your computer. This allows you to augment your performance in amazing ways in a live setting. The SABRE was first discussed on Episode 33 of the podcast when the device was still in its infancy, but now it's almost ready for commercial release! Learn where and when the SABRE will become available, and some of the exciting ways it will revolutionize clarinet playing in the 21st century.

Show notes at

Jun 29, 2017

In this episode of the podcast I am joined by the wonderful Eugene Mondie, who is the acting Principal Clarinet of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. He shares his thoughts on why you shouldn't get "sentimental" about your gear, what kind of adjustments need to be made as a player if you want to use the double lip embouchure, advice on being an adaptable musician, mastering your auditions, and much more.

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Jun 27, 2017

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In this episode of the podcast, I'm joined by none other than Ricardo Morales, who is the Principal Clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Not only is Ricardo one of the most sought-after clarinetists of his generation, but he's also one of the few people in the world who has had the chance to literally design his own instrument. The collaboration between Ricardo Morales and Backun Musical Services led to the world-renknown (and Canadian-made) Backun MoBa clarinet series.

We discuss what it was like collaborating with Morrie Backun, including why he prefers Cocobolo to Grenadilla, and the interesting reason why he, at first ,asked Morrie to dye his red cocobolo instrument black. Ricardo shares many insightful and inspirational moments about music, life, practicing, and much more.

Jun 9, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by the inventor of the innovative “ReedJuvinate” product called John Mackey, who also happens to be a biomedical researcher at the University of Alberta. We discuss the design, features, and benefits of the product, some of the science behind why it works (including some rather disturbing experiments that show just how gross your reeds really are!), and how it will help you get longer lasting, read-to-play reeds and stay healthy at the same time.

Jun 6, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I debate four topics with co-host Andrew Morrow. The topics discussed in this episode are:

  1. "What book should every clarinetist read?"
  2. "What is your concept of the clarinet's air stream? Is it cold and fast, or warm and slow, and why?"
  3. "Which clarinet material do you prefer and why?"
  4. "What is the best type of ligature material?"

If you'd like to take part in debates as they happen, please join the Clarineat Community. If you have an idea for a future debate or discussion topic please submit it on Wednesdays in the Clarineat Community or send it to

May 27, 2017

In this episode of the podcast I discuss Uebel clarinets and ESM mouthpieces with Victoria and Andreas Moe of Moe-Bleichner Music Distribution, and Maryanne Lacaille (Episode 55), who is an Uebel and ESM artist. You'll learn about the differences between Uebel models, how the clarinets are made, and what makes the ESM "Heaven" mouthpiece so unique and special.

This episode was recorded on location Seattle, WA with Maryanne Lacaille, and we were joined on Skype by Andreas and Victoria. I would like to thank Moe-Bleichner Music Distribution for making the studio interview possible.

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