Come hear the MSU Symphony Orchestra perform works by Gershwin, Bernstein, and Hindemith. Concert is at 7:30pm Wharton Center this Wednesday, October 22nd. If you can’t make it, here’s the Link to the Livestream! Advertisements
Unanimous, an East Lansing based new music ensemble is having its first concert this Friday at 8pm in Cook Recital Hall. Join us for a night filled with minimalist music that borders on Pop and Rock.
My percussion quartet, aptly named The Quartet Guys, will be performing John Cage’s “Third Construction.” Professor Kevin Noe will be joining our jam with Cage’s text, “45′ for Speaker.” The concert will also be featuring works by Pierre Jalbert, Thomas Albert, and my good friend Justin Rito! It’s going to be fun! Please click here … More John Cage at Musique 21! (Monday 9/22, 7:30pm at Fairchild Theater)
In my experience, I have encountered many people, students and teachers alike, who approach learning new pieces like completing levels of a challenging game. Once they’ve “conquered” these new pieces, they “level-up” and begin tackling the next difficult piece. Meanwhile, the “lower level” pieces are forgotten or virtually ignored. Perhaps, these “more advanced” players hear … More Pieces are Like Old Friends
It has been a very busy semester, leaving not much time for blogging. BUT DO NOT BE FOOLED! I have been writing non-stop since the start of semester. I recently completed a course entitled Ives, Gershwin, Copland. There’s a lot to learn from these three behemoths of American music. However (being a percussionist) I was … More If only I could have lunch with John Cage and Charles Ives….
My recital this semester seems to have taken on a very snake-like theme. Perhaps this is due to Etezady’s Boomslang, a work about the deadly snake featured in my recital posters. I will also be performing Volan’s She Who Sleeps with a Small Blanket, Michelle Nagai’s Pride and Joy, and more. Come to Cook Recital … More Kelsey Tamayo’s Percussion Recital
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Making a Sustainable Instrument by Alex Smith: In my experience as a percussionist, musical ensembles own large inventories of percussion instruments yet they rarely know much about their origins, specifically in relation to the natural resources and production processes necessary for their construction. Additionally, the production processes of…
MSU Wind Symphony Concert Tonight! Performing Maslanka’s “Traveler’s”, Corigiliano’s “Tambourine Man: Seven Poems by Bob Dylan”, and Corigilian’s “Circus Maximus.” February 6th, 7:30pm at the Wharton Center
Check out this new project! About a year ago, Micah Levy asked me if it was possible for the bass drum to be a solo instrument. After exploring the possibilities, a concerto for bass drum was born! This composition is still in the works, and we’re hoping to add a few more movements, some other … More Whaaack! by Micah Levy
For those of you who couldn’t attend Alex Smith’s Michigandered Marimba Recital, please watch his documentary here. Below is a youtube video featuring the marimba! The piece was written by Victor Marquez and was written specifically for ‘Sassafrassy’ (the nickname I gave Alex’s sassafras marimba).