Nov 15, 2016
Today I speak with Joel Jaffe, who is the VP of Sales & Marketing for Backun Musical Services. Joel has helped to lead the company through its most explosive periods of growth, and is also the driving force behind the new "Clarinet News" magazine and the upcoming Backun International Clarinet Competition, both which are the focus of this episode.
Nov 11, 2016
Today I speak with Morrie Backun, who is the President, Chief Instrument Designer, and founder of Backun Musical Services. Backun is a relatively new Canadian company that started off producing just clarinet barrels and bells, but has grown to be a globally-recognized manufacturing brand since the release of their first complete instrument less than a decade ago. They now proudly produce their original barrels and bells alongside mouthpieces, student and intermediate clarinets, and some of the world's most sought-after professional-level instruments. Many of these products are manufactured and assembled by hand in Burnaby, British Columbia Canada. Their instruments are played by some of the biggest names in the industry, including the legendary Eddie Daniels, Ricardo Morales, and David Shifrin, just to name a few. In this interview, we discuss Backun's philosophy on design, working directly with artists to customize instruments to their liking, exciting details about upcoming products, and how and why they keep their factory so impeccably clean and organized. The giveaway for this episode is a brand new Backun Alpha Clarinet valued at $1075 USD
Nov 1, 2016
Hello there. This is count Sean. I’m here today to guide you through a very special, students only, halloween episode of the clarineat podcast. Join me as I explore the top 5 MOST FRIGHTENING things I’ve ever seen in school band rooms, and what you, as a mere mortal student, can do about them! From FRIGHTENING products that ruin your clarinet from the inside out, to BONE CHILLING BAD HABITS that will leave your teacher breathless, there’s something here to strike fear into the heart of even the most enthusiastic student. Listen on... IF YOU DARE!!!!
Oct 12, 2016
In this episode of the podcast I speak with musician and digital marketing expert Seth Hanes of Musicians Guide to Hustling about his new best-selling book "Break into the Scene." The book became a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon on launch day in three categories, and unseated a New York Times best-seller from the top spot. This is an amazing achievement for any author, let alone a first time, self-published one. Congratulations Seth on this Amazing achievement! Seth shares valuable thoughts on some of the book's concepts including communication, marketing, and even his creative outlook on turning free gigs into great opportunities. This episode is a must-listen episode for students, new grads, and any musician looking to start freelancing.
Sep 30, 2016
The hosts of International Podcast Day suggested doing something fun, unique, and interesting to promote and spread the word about the world of podcasting. Ideas included talking about your favorite shows, sharing behind the scenes info, recording in a unique way, and more. I took the challenge to heart and decided to record this quirky episode in my car! Join me for my commute for some chat about my favorite other music podcasts and how Clarineat got started.
Sep 28, 2016
In this episode of the podcast we discuss Bret Pimentel's blog and website, his contribution to The Clarinet magazine as a co-writer of the Clarinet Cache article, his doubling career, and his work as a professor at Delta State University. Students, make sure to stick around all the way till the end where Dr. Pimentel shares some valuable audition tips! The giveaway for this episode is a gold-plated D’Addario H ligature with cap. To make sure you’re eligible to win this and other giveaways mentioned on the podcast, please be sure to sign up for our email mailing list at www.clarineat.com. You’ll also receive content updates, special offers, coupons and more right to your inbox. Today’s episode was brought to you by D’Addario woodwinds.
Sep 26, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast I speak with Matthias Mueller of the Zurich University of the Arts about his team's amazing bass clarinet called the "SABRe." We discuss some of the amazing things this technology can do, what it means for music and musicians in the future, how it's different from other MIDI controllers and synthesizers, and how Matthias and his team are bringing a commercial version of the product to market. We'll be sure to check back with Matthias in a few months' time to get more details about this amazing product idea as it develops.
Sep 16, 2016
In today's episode I speak with Michael Lowenstern, who is someone that I've been looking forward to sitting down and speak with long before this podcast even began. However, we had so many listener questions submitted for Michael, that I decided to give up the floor entirely to listeners. Learn about Michael's gorgeous all-black bass clarinet, some of his gear and practice recommendations, what he wished he know about being a musician, and much more. For full show notes please see www.clarineat.com.
Sep 1, 2016
In today’s episode I speak with Elena Xanthoudakis, who is the Director of Kroma Editions. We chat about her new CD called "The Captive Nightingale" which features late Romantic music for clarinet, voice, and piano. Elana shares her re-discovery of this music, details about recording the album, and why she's so passionate about chamber music, even though she also juggles a successful opera career.
Aug 29, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat podcast, clarinetist Laura Grant shares her thoughts on making your own reeds. We discuss how to go about making your own reeds, why you might want to start, where to source products, what kinds of products you'll need to get started, and even the financial and performance benefits of doing so. If you've even wondered about making your own reeds, this episode is for you!
Aug 25, 2016
Today’s episode features clarinetist Michael Dean who is an accomplished performer and teacher and whom many may know as “Clarinet Mike” from his work with the popular blog of the same name. His blog (which can be found at clarinetmike.wordpress.com) has been accessed in 147 countries, 6 continents and counting! In this episode we discuss a wide range of topics ranging from how his blog got started, his CD recordings, and numerous practice and playing tips such as his “ARTC” system and the concept of loading and unloading ideas.
Aug 20, 2016
Clarineat host Sean Perrin shares his thoughts and experiences from ClarinetFest 2016 in Lawrence Kansas. Learn about some of the great performances and vendors, what's it's like to volunteer at the festival, how to plan your schedule, and why you definitely need to go next year. Discussion Topics: Travel to the venue Accomodations Volunteering at the festival The "goodie" bag Performance highlights Eddie Daniels Ben Lulich Mattius Muller with SABre David Shifrin Exhibitor/Manufacturer Highlights Backun Musical Services Uebel Clarinets Pereira 3D Clarinet Innovations
Jul 31, 2016
Today on the Clarineat podcast my guest is Vancouver's Francois Houle. We spend the entire episode focusing on extended techniques including tips for those who would like to start for the first, and the importance of adjusting your "ear attitude" so you can appreciate this type of music. Biography Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. A sought after soloist and chamber musician, he has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning some of today’s leading Canadian and international composers and premiering over one hundred new works. A founding member of critically acclaimed ensembles such as Sea and Sky, The Turning Point Ensemble and Standing Wave, François has also collaborated with leading ensembles in Canada, including ECM+, Bozzini Quartet, Fibonacci Trio, among others. He has been listed on numerous occasions in Downbeat magazine’s Readers and Critics’ Polls as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and “Rising Star”.
Jul 29, 2016
Today on the Clarineat podcast my guest is Vancouver's François Houle. We discuss how François found his musical voice and became an incredibly diverse and successful performer. We then focus on three of his albums: Rue Paul Fort, Double Entendre, and Aerials, and briefly touch on the recording session for the pop song called "How it Goes" from Canadian rock music icon Matthew Good's album "Lights of Endangered Species," which includes Francois on clarinet. Biography Clarinetist François Houle has established himself as one of today’s most inventive musicians, in all of the diverse musical spheres he embraces. Inspired by collaborations with the world’s top musical innovators, François has developed a unique improvisational language, virtuosic and rich with sonic embellishment and technical extensions. A sought after soloist and chamber musician, he has actively expanded the clarinet’s repertoire by commissioning some of today’s leading Canadian and international composers and premiering over one hundred new works. A founding member of critically acclaimed ensembles such as Sea and Sky, The Turning Point Ensemble and Standing Wave, François has also collaborated with leading ensembles in Canada, including ECM+, Bozzini Quartet, Fibonacci Trio, among others. He has been listed on numerous occasions in Downbeat magazine’s Readers and Critics’ Polls as “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” and “Rising Star”. kyap4y5f
Jul 23, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast, host Sean Perrin shares a 6 month update on the podcast. We start with a retrospective, go over some interesting stats (including why we need more ladies listening!), the 2016 summer tour, upcoming guests and more. Discussion Topics: The first 6 months of Clarineat Clarineat website and podcast stats 10 thousand listens 30 thousand page views Top 5 Episodes, Countries, Cities, and more 85% men, only 15% women(!?) Clarineat Summer 2016 Tour What's coming up next on the podcast How to support the podcast going forward Share the show with others Leave a review on iTunes Shop in the store Affiliate links
Jul 20, 2016
Phil Lambert was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. After completing his Music Degree, Phil relocated to Melbourne, Australia where he continued his musical career as a composer, teacher and performer and established his own company Cloudbreak Music®. Phil has now composed for Feature Films, Film Trailers, Short Films, Media Projects and TVCs, performed live at various venues, radio stations and an appearance on T.V as well as receiving radio play for his compositions along with interviews throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has also built a successful private woodwind teaching business and created the internationally recognised product Classical Fingers®. As a music educator, Phil has been teaching Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute for 18 years and now teaches privately from his studio in Kensington, Melbourne. Phil believes that private tuition is important as it not only establishes a bond between teacher and student, but it allows him to personally focus solely on each student’s needs at the particular level they are at; “Every student is different so every lesson needs to be tailored to suit their ability and potential.” During Phil’s years of teaching woodwind he encountered numerous players, both beginners and advanced, that naturally played the clarinet by lifting their fingers too high so he started experimenting with the idea of using a device to help reduce this movement. In 2011 Phil started developing a prototype that his students could use on a more regular basis away from the lesson and in 2014 the evolution of Classical Finegrs was finally realised. Since its release, Classical Fingers has now been sold to 28 countries including to: Teachers, Students, Stores, Universities, High Schools and Distributors. It has also won various Design Awards and has been exhibited in Australia, Korea, Frankfurt and USA. Phil is currently devloping Classical Fingers for the Flute. Links Classical Fingers Cloudbreak Music Discussion Topics The excitement of composing The musician and composer as small business owner Phil's company "Cloudbreak Music" Moving to Australia from New Zealand Why Classical Fingers was invented The development and design of Classical Fingers Teaching and learning with Classical Fingers Who is this product for? How can teachers use classical fingers? How can students use classical fingers? Where is classical fingers available for purchase?
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
May 28, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast host Sean Perrin speaks with Ed Joffe about his nearly 40 year career as a versatile Broadway musician. Ed has been a vital part of the New York music scene for over 40 years. He has performed in every type of musical situation imaginable, ranging from Broadway shows such as “Fosse” and “Victor Victoria”; Chamber ensembles such as the Philip Glass and Steve Reich Ensembles; and orchestral performances with The New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestras. Ed has offered numerous clinics on woodwinds and jazz at music education conferences and universities, is a graduate of the Julliard School and the first person to receive his doctorate in multiple woodwind performance from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Dr. Joffe has worked and studied with some of the most respected woodwind artists of our time including Joe Allard, Eddie Daniels, and Ron Reuben. Ed was a professor of music at New Jersey City University for 24 years, where he was Coordinator of Jazz & Woodwinds Studies. Under his guidance, the multiple woodwind and jazz studies programs were hailed as among the best in the country. Discussion Topics: The status of Broadway musicians throughout history How to work on Broadway Why are Broadway auditions illegal? Staying engaged during long show runs Taking a mental health day Selecting equipment for different situations Being a musical "Chameleon" What's in Ed's clarinet case? Reed maintenance and care tips How much time is spent with your reeds? Joffe Woodwinds Interview Series on YouTube Also Mentioned: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Fiddler on the Roof Buffet R13 Behn Mouthpieces West Side Story Silverstein Ligatures Vandoren V21 Reeds Lightning Round Questions: What is on your music stand right now? West Side Story, Cavalini Caprices, The Modern Flutist, and much more more! What is your all-time favorite piece of music or album? Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances If you could meet any composer or musician throughout history who would it be? Charlie Parker Do you have a book you'd like to recommend to the Clarineat Audience? The Clarinet Revealed:An Essay on the Clarinet(English Edition 1996) What is an instrument that you'd love to play but you never learned? Piano
May 22, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast host Sean Perrin continues the conversation with Ed Joffe about woodwind doubling for clarinetists and his brand new album “Contrasts.” Ed has been a vital part of the New York music scene for over 40 years. He has performed in every type of musical situation imaginable, ranging from broadway shows such as “Fosse” and “Victor Victoria”; Chamber ensembles such as the Philip Glass and Steve Reich Ensembles; and orchestral performances with The New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestras. Ed has offered numerous clinics on woodwinds and jazz at music education conferences and universities, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the first person to receive his doctorate in multiple woodwind performance from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Dr. Joffe has worked and studied with some of the most respected woodwind artists of our time including Joe Allard, Eddie Daniels, and Ron Reuben. Ed was a professor of music at New Jersey City University for 24 years, where he was Coordinator of Jazz & Woodwinds Studies. Under his guidance, the multiple woodwind and jazz studies programs were hailed as among the best in the country. Discussion Topics: Early history of doubling in Bach, Haydn, and Mozart's time How Bach may have become a wind doubler Why does the oboe tune the orchestra? Difficulty of playing clarinet How playing clarinet will give you a leg up as a doubler Clarinet as the pop instrument of the early 20th century Disadvantage of playing double lip as a doubler Tips for clarinetists interested in doubling How many instruments does a doubler need? How to afford instruments by investing in your art Importance of incremental instrument maintenance Developing a good relationship with repair people Don't let others affect your love of music Spreading artistry over many instruments and styles of music and instruments Finding your niche Why did Charlie Parker bring a clarinet with him on tour? The brilliance and artistry of movie music Mentioned: Mozart Bach Aldolphe Sax Frank Wess Martin Fröst Phil Woods Joe Allard Glenn Gould John Coltrane Charlie Parker James Bond Inception
May 17, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast host Sean Perrin speaks with Ed Joffe about woodwind doubling for clarinetists and his brand new album "Contrasts." Ed has been a vital part of the New York music scene for over 40 years. He has performed in every type of musical situation imaginable, ranging from broadway shows such as "Fosse" and "Victor Victoria"; Chamber ensembles such as the Philip Glass and Steve Reich Ensembles; and orchestral performances with The New York Philharmonic and New York City Ballet Orchestras. Ed has offered numerous clinics on woodwinds and jazz at music education conferences and universities, is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the first person to receive his doctorate in multiple woodwind performance from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. Dr. Joffe has worked and studied with some of the most respected woodwind artists of our time including Joe Allard, Eddie Daniels, and Ron Reuben. Ed was a professor of music at New Jersey City University for 24 years, where he was Coordinator of Jazz & Woodwinds Studies. Under his guidance, the multiple woodwind and jazz studies programs were hailed as among the best in the country. Discussion Topics: Woodwind doubling Studying with Eddie Daniels and Joe Allard Studio music jobs Love of music throughout life Challenges of doubling On-the-job learning Being a musical "chameleon" Ed's new album "Contrasts" "Writing" about your life through recording The album as a narrative experience Achieving personal goals Doing what you love Also Mentioned: Al Muirhead Stanley Drucker Bill Clinton
May 12, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast, host Sean Perrin discusses the history of the Reform Boehm System with guest Sue Ryall. Sue has applied to do her doctorate on the reform Boehm clarinet, and maintains that it represents the most significant developments in clarinet technology since Müller invented the rings and the thumb rest.
Apr 29, 2016
In this episode of the Clarineat Podcast host Sean Perrin speaks with Tim Elvy from Legere Reeds. They discuss the history and development of synthetic reeds, some differences and benefits between traditional reeds and synthetic products, and, of course, go over the Legere product line including the difference between the new Signature Reeds and the new European Signature model.