There’s a great variety of events coming up in the next weeks and months. Opening this weekend is an exhibit of contemporary Cremonese Violin Making and works of the old masters at Kerr Violin Shop located at 4451 SE 28th Avenue in Portland. The display runs through October 28th. Both Portland Wind Symphony and Portland Gay Symphonic Band […]
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 […]
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 […]
[Post edited and re-posted to reflect use of Pandora over Spotify.] One night, before I went to sleep, I asked my dream self to help me write today’s music appreciation article. I woke up with this headline on the tip of my tongue and the skeleton of an actual article in my mind. I quickly wrote […]
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.
For several days last week, one song played over and over in my head. It’s called an ear worm, right? Anita and I had watched the 1967 movie version of the musical, Camelot. We watched about 40 minutes at a time. Since it’s a 3+ hour movie, it took us about 5 sittings to watch the […]