SLCC Faculty Recital

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Arizona Chamber WindsUpcoming Recital

I’m excited to perform with the Arizona Chamber Winds!

We”l be playing Johann Dotzauer’s VIII Variations for Bassoon and Orchestra. A piece that I adapted for chamber ensemble. If you’re in the Tucson area come see the performance!

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Canyon Reeds

Lately my brother and I have been working to design bassoon and oboe/EH reed cases. We’re thrilled at how they’ve turned out!

Each case is made from high quality hardwood (Walnut, Cherry, Beech, etc.) and finished with a clear finish, allowing the natural grain of the wood to show. Each case has a fully lined red velvet cloth interior, solid brass hinges, and secure magnetic closure. The internal foam ribbon system holds your reeds securely and with adequate separation.

Here are a few pics:

Canyon Reeds cases1 The cases have a vinyl pinstripe and logo on the top of each case (personal monograms are also available) thanks to Say it in Style for the great looking vinyl!Canyon Reeds cases2 Canyon Reeds cases4

The oboe/EH cases will hold 20 reeds, while the bassoon cases hold 11 reeds.


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Dear son, don’t let Robin Thicke be a lesson to you

Matt Walsh expressed his feelings about the currents state of pop-culture, and the role that men should be playing in defense of women. I couldn’t say it any better. Take a few minutes and read his blog post!

The Matt Walsh Blog

***Update, August 1: In response to the thousands of people who, after reading this entire post, decided to harp on one single phrase (“I’m no feminist”), I wrote this. If you want to know how I can say all the things I say here, yet still reject “feminism,” click the link and I’ll explain. Otherwise, carry on. Thanks for stopping by.

Our country dangles on the precipice of starting a third World War. We are on the verge of a completely unnecessary conflict where the United States will fight along side Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. This, in another day and age, might earn the crown as the Most Controversial Story of the Week. But we’re in the year 2013, and this is America, so a young pop star’s dance moves on an MTV awards show have predictably overshadowed the prospect of global chaos and bloodshed. I wrote…

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Expanding the Live Music Experience

Have you ever been approached by a friend or relative asking you go to a concert? They probably seem SO excited to go see that band or singer. Or maybe they want to go hear the guest soloist with the local symphony, or see the newest opera production. What was your reaction? And for those of you lucky enough to have friends with eclectic tastes – was your reaction to the invitation to go to the rock/pop concert any different than for the classical/art music performance?

For years the symphony orchestra has seen dwindling crowds, and ever fewer donation dollars. It seems at times that only the healthiest ensembles are going to survive. I shared some of my feelings about the subject here.

The more I think about the shrinking number of consumers of live western art music, the more I am inclined to wonder how performers and managers are going to adapt to survive. Or are they going to just simply allow the societal and cultural tastes in music run them out of business? It seems to me that many proponents of “classical music” would sneer at the thought of changing things up to appease the masses (aka increase consumers through ticket sales). Preferring, instead, to beat their proverbial chests at the grandeur of their art.


Why is a classical music concert, according to many of my friends (and even family members), be considered boring or snooty when compared to the touring rock band coming through your town next week?

How does a solo artist, or ensemble change public perception without feeling like they are “selling out” to stay financial solvent?

We all know that it isn’t the sound of an orchestra that keeps patrons from filling concert halls or theaters. Most musicians that do any type of outreach can attest to hearing dozens of people say: “I had no idea that your instrument/voice could sound like that!” EVERY time we play. Many/most films, TV shows, and video games have orchestral soundtracks. And even non-music people are often overheard remarking about how the music added to the overall production.

So why do so many people cringe when asked about going to the opera/ballet/ symphony/jazz festival?

Why can’t a picture of something like this:

Make an individual
want to react like this:

Maybe It’s Us

Maybe the way that classically trained musicians and ensembles are packaging and presenting our art is part of the cause. The professional symphonies have tended to wear and share their art the same way for decades (centuries really). Saying to their audiences effectively: “We’ll play, you shut up and listen.”

Now before you start to label me a heretic, let me just say that I think that their must be a way to engage an audience more effectively than what is currently done WITHOUT selling out to an all-pops-all-the-time orchestra season.

I am suggesting that it’s time for creative people to get creative. One such creative person recently spoke about using multiple senses in design.

We Need Ideas!

We need ideas that we can try. We need ideas that will succeed, and ideas that will fail. We, as creators of classical music need to continue to produce high-quality music AND start being more creative with the way we present it.

What are your ideas? What could I add to my next recital that would add another sensory element to the experience without detracting from the music itself? How could an orchestra add another sensory element to their Beethoven symphony performance (without upsetting the good folks who clean the hall)?

Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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