John Cage at Musique 21! (Monday 9/22, 7:30pm at Fairchild Theater)

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)

Pieces are Like Old Friends

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

If only I could have lunch with John Cage and Charles Ives….

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….

Music Made-In-Michigan: Three Perspectives

Originally posted on where are we now?:
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…

The Fallen Tree, by Victor Marquez for Alex Smith’s Michigandered Marimba

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).