Over the last couple of months I’ve re-started my podcast listening and have focused down on just a few.  Maybe you’ll find some of these useful/entertaining. They fall into a couple of categories: Music and Sound Design Art + Music + Technology – hosted by Darwin Grosse of Cycling 74.   […]

Updating the podcast list

I’ve spent many a night thinking about a series of little improvements/hacks that would improve the playability of my beloved instrument.  Many of these are software-based ideas to do (hopefully) clever things with the MIDI data stream.  I’ll do a separate post on where those are heading soon. But some […]

EVI Embouchure Sensor Mod

One of the joys of being a brass player is being able to play in a brass choir – a small group  covering the range of brass instruments from trumpet to tuba.   My favorite composer of music for brass choir was always Giovanni Gabrieli.  But alas it’s difficult to find […]

The Brass Choir Experiment

It’s been a week since the the Jesus Christ Superstar performance at Derryfield Rep, and I needed another theatre “fix”.  As luck would have it, the solution was two minutes down the road at Wheaton College’s Weber Theatre.  The Triboro Musical Theatre and Wheaton College are presenting 2 performances of […]

It's "Curtains" at Wheaton College

Brilliant!  Jon Stewart’s introduction of Bruce Springsteen at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony: “I am not a music critic, nor historian nor archivist.  I cannot tell you where Bruce Springsteen falls in the pantheon of the American Songbook.  I cannot illuminate the context of his work or its roots in […]

Jon Stewart at the Kennedy Center Honors

Stevie Wonder‘s set started with him doing For Once in My Life. The band was nice and tight (as you’d expect) and we get a first introduction to the horns (trumpet, sax) and the singers.  Stevie then introduced Smokey Robinson who did Tears of a Clown.  A nice, slower version […]

Rock and Roll HOF Concert – Stevie Wonder

I’ve been a fan of WERS (Emerson College Radio) in Boston for years.  They’ve held on to the traditions of a real college radio station.  Their programming continues to be a great, eclectic mix of music – such an enjoyable escape from commercial radio.  As expected, not every show is […]

WERS Radio – All A Cappella

Over the weekend, Phil Smith turned me on to these guys.  I’ve been hooked on a cappella for quite a while.  This Slovenian choir (!) is not strictly a cappella but they have a beautiful, sophisticated large-ensemble sound. As – Stevie Wonder Africa – Toto This piece is freakin’ awesome!  […]

Cool Vocal Group – Perpetuum Jazzile