Saturday, June 27, 2009

How to Listen to Music with Your Whole Body: Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie is a world-class percussionist, and has been deaf since she was 12 (not completely, but almost). This video contains some very profound truths about listening to music and to each other, and on how to be a better musician. This also shows where so much of the beauty lies in new music. Enjoy!

Here is a link to her short bio on her website (CLICK HERE) and her Wikipedia article (CLICK HERE).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rheingold Cartoon

I stumbled across this last night and thought it was hilarious, and actually quite a fun idea. I think it would be a lot of fun to update the animation and put together a project like this for kids, don't you think? The story and music certainly fit this kind of presentation.

The entire opera was condensed down to 30 minutes (a feat in itself) for television in 1991. Enjoy!

I've never seen a Freia that looked like that ;).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tom Johnson - Failing

Here's another piece I recently became aware of in my Music Since WWII class and it's a lot of fun. It's called Failing by Tom Johnson composed for Double Bass. The bass player is supposed to read a written out piece of text while playing little musical figures which get increasingly harder. Unfortunately I couldn't find an example of the score online, but here is a performance (the volume is quite soft, so you'll need to turn it up).

Friday, June 5, 2009

S. Scott "Entrada" & Mark Wingate "Welcome to Medicare"

I am taking a class right now entitled "Music Since WWII" which I am enjoying immensely. It is a chance to experience many modern composers I have learned to love, and also get to know a lot of new ones. Here a couple of my new favorites:

Mark Wingate, "Welcome to Medicare":

Stephen Scott, "Entrada":
This piece is written for "bowed piano". I'll just let you take it in for yourself.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Masters Recital Clips

For whatever reason it's taken me a long time to get around to listening to the recording of my Masters Recital. I think I was concerned that I would be overly critical with myself. Well, today I finally listened, and though we always hear things in ourselves we could fix, I am extremely pleased with the performance.

I really enjoyed singing the program, and those who performed with me (Eun Mi Lee on piano, and Sivan Adato on french horn) did incredibly well. It is a great pleasure creating art with such accomplished musicians. I am also deeply grateful for all of those who assisted me in my preparations, particularly my teacher Shirley Close and my coach Valerie Trujillo. I'll miss you all!!

I have posted a few examples from the recording on my website - CLICK HERE for the link.