From the YouTube description: “Bwazan members, Khalifa and Bassidi Koné play a balafon and djembe duet during rehearsal at Maison des Jeunes, Bamako, Mali (Khalifa on balafon and Bassidi on djembe). In Bamako, Bassidi Kone leads his longstanding percussion group, Bwazan. For more information, check out the websites of Bassidi and Bwazan.
Summer is around the corner! Hard to believe. What are your summer plans? Are you going to learn a new piece or read some books? Leave a comment below and let me know. I am looking forward to traveling with my family as well as getting in shape. In the previous “Percussion Education Reads 5/25/18”, I have included links on how to become a better writer. It is something I continue to work on and I hope these posts were helpful. Today’s edition include some posts about productivity, Bullet Journaling and how to make better decisions. Enjoy. (more…)
This is a beautiful performance of “Japurá River” by Philip Glass. I could listen to this all day. This video is performed & arranged by Third Coast Percussion (Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore).
It is Memorial Day Weekend in the US and I am looking forward to spending some time with my family and friends. I am also playing Coppelia with the Long Beach Ballet. I have been reading a lot of articles about becoming a better writer. Below are some links to more resources. Have a great weekend. (more…)
This is a great interview with Steven Schick and Luis Urrea talking about Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat”. I hope there is a recording of the performance. I would love to see the performance with the new text.
From YouTube: “Luis Urrea is a prolific writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is the critically acclaimed, best-selling author of 16 books. He talks with Steven Schick about his life and work, and their collaboration on a new version of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with texts from Urrea’s writings. Recorded on 2/1/2018. Series: “Helen Edison Lecture Series”
It is WGI Percussion week in Dayton and here are some posts to read during the plane rides and rehearsal breaks. If you are in Dayton, please stop by the Yamaha booth and say hi!
For Work-Life Balance, Work Sunday Nights by Nick Douglas
I try and plan my weekly schedule and build my Bullet Journal on Sunday nights. As Ben Franklin said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
The results from Trinidad and Tobago’s Panorama 2018 are in and the winners are:
Large Conventional Steel Orchestras
1st place: 287 – Renegades
2nd place: 280 – Skiffle Bunch
3rd place: 279 – Desperadoes
On Friday, February 16, 2018, I presented Percussion Methods 102: Percussion Methods Revisited at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC). Below is a list of the resources and presentation outline.
Presentation Handout CASMEC
It’s NAMM week and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of my percussion friends. Please make sure to stop by the Yamaha Booth (in the Marriott Ballroom) and say hi. Here are some articles to check out while you are traveling to Anaheim. (more…)