Self Care through Music Listening to live music is self care. On Thursday, May 4 (“May the fourth be with you!”), I received wonderful Rx at the concert performance by Anat Cohen; clarinet, and Trio Brasileiro; pandera, bandolim, and seven-string guitar. From the opening tune, Nights in Rio, to the closing song two hours later, I was dancing […]
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With true life current events reading like a dystopian fiction come true, I felt it was time for something uplifting. We musicians have an opportunity to bring some positivity and gratitude to the fore and use our musical powers for good. My students and I will perform our Spring recital music with a theme of […]
The North American Saxophone Alliance, aka NASA, is coming to town next weekend. On March 10 and 11, NASA’s Region One Conference will be held at Portland State University in downtown Portland. This saxophone conference features two days of masterclasses, lectures and performances of sax quartets, trios, and solos. The Friday evening concert is billed […]
My students put so much energy and practice into their recital performances. I like to honor their efforts by recording the show and uploading the individual videos to my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/omegatroid) Our most recent recital was November 1, 2016. Oops! That’s twelve weeks ago. Between having a computer software meltdown (iMovie, what’s wrong with you?!), […]
Tonight, students will perform the songs they have transcribed over the Summer. They chose the songs they wanted to learn, so you’ll hear pieces like: The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini on clarinet complete with an improvised solo! Hedwig’s Theme from Harry Potter by John Williams A cartoon theme song – We Bare Bears Chim […]
Just a short post today. John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer, was born Sept. 23, 1926. To celebrate his contribution to jazz, here are two of my favorite tunes by him: Naima. A soulful, tender ballad. My Favorite Things. Up-tempo jazz waltz of this song from The Sound of Music.
Concert Checklist Buy your tickets! Make plans with friends. Listen! Attend the show. Buy Your Tickets Of course you’ve got to get your tickets to the show. And the bigger the act, the earlier you have to get them it seems. Have you seen those ads? “Tickets will go on sale for Adele’s concert (12 […]
My friend and fellow clarinetist, Craig Bunch, sent me a link to an inspiring jazz concert – The Legacy of the Benny Goodman Quartet, Jazz Night In America on NPR. The concert was narrated by author and activist, Wendell Pierce and featured: Christian Sands, piano; Sammy Miller, drums; Joel Ross, vibraphone; and four clarinetists: Will […]