most people spend their valentine’s days doing something romantic, or at the very least chocolate-oriented. even the met opera is performing bartok's bluebeard’s castle, an opera about two lovers. (they actually are lovers, regardless of the fact that he ends up murdering her and putting her on display with a selection of other previously-murdered girlfriends. how poetic.)
february 14th: the 12 délecluse études, performed live
i would like to invite you to a thoroughly whimsical way to spend your afternoon: attend a performance of all twelve delécluse études, performed by me! yes, that’s right. from 5-5:50pm on february 14th, i will perform all twelve of them. make your way to the 2015 PAS KoSA day of percussion at the frederick loewe theatre, 35 w. 4th st., new york, new york.
how to practice and interpret the études
in addition to performing the entire book live, i'll lead discussion on the études. here are the types of things i’m going to discuss, including but not limited to:
-ideas on how to interpret and stylize delécluse études
-choosing an étude for auditions
-how to practice and learn an étude
-what it was like to record the album of all twelve études
to sweeten the offer a little bit, here’s the list of all the other things going on that day. notice that my class is at 5pm, not at 4 as is listed in the program.
see you there!
want to see my complete snare drum setup?
here’s my 8-piece snare drum setup, including every piece of gear and accessory you'll need. (and it's totally audition-ready, too.)
my 3-step plan to recover from a performance you'd rather forget
there’s no magic exercise to fix a shaky soft roll or uneven 4-stroke ruffs, so stop looking. the solution lies in how you practice.
includes VIDEO LESSONS, sticking, technical exercises, suggested tempo, excerpt recording, and recommended orchestra recording.
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