It has been a while since I have reviewed a website. [Check out The Bulletproof Musician review from July 2014.] Today, I want to introduce All Things Vibraphone. The site has transcriptions, videos, and performances for vibraphone students. The site describes itself as “A page for vibists with related links to audio and video recordings, articles on improvisational techniques, jazz transcriptions, mallet technique…” (more…)
On May 6, 2015, NHPR.org (New Hampshire Public Radio) produced a podcast called “Artists Who Kept Their Day Jobs, Jazz Musician Gary Burton, & Comedian Todd Glass.” It begins at 22:00 and it a good insight into Gary Burton and his music. If you haven’t read his autobiography, Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography, it is definitely worth reading this summer.
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This past summer, I read Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton: An Autobiography by Gary Burton as part of BookChattr on DrumChattr.com. It is a good book that I would highly recommend to any musician. This video features the standard, Armando’s Rhumba by Chick Corea. Gary and Chick have performed for the past 40 years as a piano/vibraphone duo and here they perform on one vibraphone.
I have featured Christopher Deane before on PercussionEducation.com with his tambourine master classes. He is also a great composer and has written a lot of solo and ensemble music for percussion. Today’s video features Doug Perry performing Mourning Dove Sonnet. According to Mr. Deane, “Mourning Dove Sonnet was composed as a concert vibraphone solo in which the musical material was focused on an integration of traditional and non-traditional performance techniques. It is, in it’s essence, a wordless art song for vibraphone. This piece contains a literal transcription of a Mourning Dove song. Mourning Dove Sonnet was written in Greenville, NC and was first performed by the composer at the 1983 North Carolina Percussive Arts Society chapter Day of Percussion.” (more…)
Every Instrument in this Room by Geoff Sheil is a new piece for vibraphone, marimba and electronic playback. This performance features Paul Keesling, vibraphone and Robby Bowen, marimba. For more information about Geoff and his music, visit his website.
Performance Spotlight with VF Signature Artist Ed Saindon performs Danny Boy by Frederic Weatherly.