Category Archives: percussion

STOMP

I finally saw STOMP and it was fantastic. A production came through Hamburg and I caught the last show, though a little late because of bicycle problems and train problems. As a drummer and someone interested in dance and theatre … Continue reading

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“Baby” Sommer at WDR3 Jazz Fest – Köln

I was in Cologne, beginning of February, and friends took me to three concerts in a beautiful ’50s-era radio hall, as part of the WDR3 Jazz Fest. In one fantastic night we heard the Florian Weber Quartet & Louis Sclavis, … Continue reading

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Drumming 5.1

__I’m living in Germany for the spring and summer and, apart from obvious differences like the language I’m discovering a few surprising differences between here and home. Take the YMCA, for example. In Canada one can go to the Y … Continue reading

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Gesture and Thierry De Mey

__I attended the Workshop on the relationship between gestures and composition/performance organized by CIRMMT Research Axis 6 (expanded musical practice) at McGill University, featuring guest speaker Thierry De Mey. __To begin, Martin Marier of l’Université de Montréal introduced his foam-sandwich … Continue reading

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The Glockenspiel

or Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About the Glockenspiel __But Were Afraid to Ask __Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died two hundred and twenty years ago today, and since I recently had the terrifying pleasure of playing glockenspiel in an adaptation … Continue reading

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Bohlen-Pierce Kalimba – Part 3

__Last January I was composing a work in Bohlen-Pierce tuning for clarinet and kalimba. The scale was derived from the only notes available on the kalimba, and from those I found a system of chords that I liked. These topics … Continue reading

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Bohlen-Pierce Kalimba – Part 1

mmIn two weeks I’ll be in Hamburg, Germany for the klub katarakt festival where I’ll perform with colleagues Nora-Louise Müller and Arturo Grolimund. The challenge: compose a short piece for BP tenor clarinet, BP pan flute and BP kalimba. What … Continue reading

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