Jun 28, 2016
Today on the podcast I speak with Pianist, techie, author, teacher and entrepreneur Hugh Sung, who has been described as a modern day “renaissance man”. As a pianist, Hugh served on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music for 19 years and has recorded over a dozen albums and collaborated with some of the world’s leading musicians and orchestras. As a techie, he pioneered the use of digital sheet music and co-founded AirTurn, a company that makes wireless pedals for turning iPad and computer pages hands free. Hugh leverages his love of technology to teach hundreds of students around the world through his Online Popular Piano School at ArtistWorks, and is also the host of a popular weekly podcast, “A Musical Life”, a show where he shares stories about making music and the things that move our souls. Through his online Mastermind group at “A Musical Life Mastermind”, Hugh empowers musicians to gain entrepreneurial skills to help them achieve their musical and financial dreams. In his free time, Hugh loves to cook and is currently obsessed with the joy of making Indian flatbreads. We discuss Hugh’s successful podcast and mastermind, his recent interview with none other than the famous cellist Yo-yo ma, being a digital paperless musician, the AirTurn, online teaching, and working as, and with, collaborative pianists. The giveaway for today’s episode of the podcast is a lifetime subscription to the “A Musical Life Mastermind” with Hugh sung which is just an amazing opportunity. If you’d like to be eligible to win this and other exciting giveaways mentioned on the podcast, please be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter at clarineat dot com. Today’s Clarineat Coda, which is the new listener mail portion at the end of the episode features a question from Sue Ryall, and some Baroque arrangements composed by Thomas Bassett. Links Hugh Sung, Pianist A Musical Life Podcast A Musical Life Mastermind Artist Works Teacher Website Air Turn: The Page Turning Pedal for iPad "From Paper to Pixels" - Hugh Sung's Book Discussion Topics A Musical Life Podcast Choosing podcast guests Interviewing Yo-Yo Ma Blogging as a precursor to podcasting Who is your dream podcast guest? Being a paperless musician Inventing the Air Turn page turning pedal The "A Musical Life" Mastermind Working with collaborative pianists Learn to "see" with your ears What are your favorite pieces in the Clarinet repertoire? Pet peeves of being a collaborative pianist How do you feel about the "A" word (accompanist)? Teaching at an online piano School Mentioned: Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Ensemble Air Turn Page Turinng Pedal Artist Works: Hugh Sung, Piano
Jun 24, 2016
Bambú is a company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They devote themselves exclusively to the development and manufacturing of accessories for wind instruments. At the moment, their catalogue includes Hand-woven Ligatures for Saxophones and Clarinets, Microfibre Cleaning Kits and Swabs, Leather Neck Straps for Saxophones and Clarinets, Handmade Wooden Reed Cases, and Cork Grease.
Jun 15, 2016
This week I speak with Evan Ziporyn, composer and clarinetist, who makes music at the crossroads between genres and cultures, east and west. As a clarinetist he performs as a soloist and as a member of the Eviyan Trio (with Iva Bittova and Gyan Riley); he also works regularly with Yo-yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and the Steve Reich Ensemble, with whom he shared a Grammy for Music for 18 Musicians. He is founder and director of Gamelan Galak Tika. His opera A House in Bali was featured at BAM Next Wave in 2010. From 1992-2012 he was a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-stars, finishing his tenure with the group with an appearance on an episode of PBS’ Arthur. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by Kronos Quartet, Wu Man, the American Composers Orchestra, Steven Schick, So Percussion, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has collaborated with – among others - Brian Eno, Paul Simon, Ornette Coleman, Thurston Moore, Meredith Monk, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen, Shara Worden, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, Matthew Shipp, and Ethel. His most recent project is the hour-long In My Mind & In My Car (w/Christine Southworth), for bass clarinet, electronics and video, His recording of Don Byron’s Clarinet Concerto, which he commissioned, was named one of Downbeat Magazine’s 2015 Albums of the Year. At MIT he is head of Music & Theater Arts and director of the Center for Art, Science & Technology. We discuss Evan's life, influences, career accomplishments and go deep into the recording session for the definitive version of Steve Reich's "New York Counterpoint" in 1996. This is a must listen episode for any new music fans. Links: Website: www.ziporyn.com Social Media: Twitter: @evanziporyn Facebook: EvanZiporynMusic Purchase Music: BandCamp: evanziporyn.bandcamp.com BandCamp: eviyan.bandcamp.com BandCamp: gamelangalaktika.bandcamp.com iTunes: iTunes Artist Page Discussion Topics: Calgary's year round snow Balinese Music Gamelan Fate and Spirituality Realizing the intent of the composer Don't mistake a bad performance for a bad piece What draws you to minimalist music? Bang on a Can All Stars Terry Riley - "In C" Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians Steve Reich - New York Counterpoint Recording New York Counterpoint Evan's First CD "This Is Not a Clarinet" The album as an art in itself Extended techniques (multiphonics, singing and playing) Lightning round questions David Bowie Tribute Concert People Mentioned: Josef Schwantner John Lennon Steve Reich Terry Riley Philip Glass La Monte Young John Cage Lightning Round Questions and Answers: If I were to walk over to your music stand right now, what would I find? An iPad (but it depends on which music stand!) What is your all-time piece of music? Rameau - Les Trois Mains and David Byrne - Marching Through The Wilderness If you could meet any musician throughout history would it be? Pythagoras What's your favorite book and why? Blindness by Jose Saramago and Go, Dog Go Is there anything else you'd like to share? Working on a new piece called "In My Mind and In My Car"
Jun 2, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast host Sean Perrin speaks with the legendary Harry Sparnaay, who has had an incredible career pioneering the bass clarinet as a recognized solo instrument. Harry has performed all around the world, has recorded will over 60 CDs, and has had over 650 works composed for him by composers including Isang Yung, Mortan Feldman, Iannis Xenakis, Brian Furneyhough and many others. Harry is also an incredible passionate educator, and many of the world's greatest bass clarinetists, including the wonderful Lori Freedman who was featured in Episode 5 of the podcast, studied with him. Harry talks about his life and career, working with composers, following your dreams and much more. He is also reaching out to the Clarineat community to please provide him with recordings they may have of his live performances over the years. After retiring at 70 from playing, he would love to reflect on his career and listen to as many pieces as possible. If you have or know of a place where these recordings may be, please email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. He sends his thanks in advance and looks forward very much to hearing from you! Links: Website: HarrySparnaay.info Email address: email@example.com Discussion Topics: New Harry Sparnaay Documentary A love of public speaking Accomplishing new pieces and challenges Sharing music with others The Bass clarinet as a solo instrument Why you should play contemporary music on bass clarinet Loving resistance instead of fighting it Following your true passion The versatility of the bass clarinet Harry's first taste of music The importance of loving music Working with composers What makes a masterpiece? Collecting Harry's Past recordings Morton Feldman - For Bass Clarinet and Percussion Trying to collect Harry's past live recordings Extended techniques Playing a garden hose (seriously!) Sound comes from the player, not the gear. Lightning round questions Mentioned: Brian Furneyhough Iannis Xenakis Isang Yung Morton Feldman Iannis Xenakis Le Corbusier