Let me start with an apology. Sorry for not posting much lately.
This week was truly a whirlwind.
I had two recitals in a few days time, so of course it meant jam-packed rehearsals, a ton of travel (LEX -> Detroit -> LEX), and gallons of coffee (obvious). This is some truly heavy, heavy contemporary literature, so we took every second possible to put it together. And considering we only had three days to put it together, that was quite a feat.
Among all the rehearsals, I sprinkled in some clinics during this time, too. I did a timpani masterclass at Xavier University and a timpani FUNdamentals clinic at the Campbellsville University Percussion Ensemble Festival. These two schools are impressive! (And thanks to Innovative Percussion for their support with making these clinics possible!)
Recital repertoire included: John Cage (Five4), Eric Wubbels (Axamer Duo) *KY and MI premieres, Alex Mincek (Nucleus), and Iannis Xenakis (Dmaathen).
My saxophone/percussion duo (Arvay/Younglove Duo) performed this repertoire at my faculty recital at Centre College on Monday, April 4. We played in the beautifully hipster Combs Warehouse on campus. It was the perfect venue to compliment this contemporary music– old wooden floors (probably a century old), newly installed oak columns and wall elements, all emphasized with industrial metal components. Across the street from the Warehouse is a train depot. A train came rumbling through during the Cage–it was amazing!
The Duo then took our act on the road to Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where Professor Matthew Younglove teaches saxophone and is currently Athletic Band Director. We had another awesome performance. This rep is terribly mentally and physically intense– I’m always out of breath by the end.
The audiences were both genuinely appreciative of the performances. It’s exciting to see interest in contemporary music from self-prescribed non-musical people.
I also coached the percussionists in the WSU Campus band on their performance repertoire.
Today, I’m going to see Dr. Dave Gerhart (Product Manager at Yamaha, Lecturer at CSU-Long Beach, founder of percussioneducation.com, and performer) give at masterclass at the University of Kentucky. He’ll be performing with the UK Percussion Ensemble at 3 pm on Sunday at the Singletary Center for the Arts.
- My timpani tuning and pedaling etude collection–Look out for updates on that!
- Vibraphone + electronics piece I’m writing for the uber talented Matthew Geiger
- More FREE downloadable content on this website on a variety of percussion and pedagogy topics
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