Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman show

Conversations with Musicians, with Leah Roseman

Summary: I am violinist Leah Roseman, and this podcast follows my curiosity about fellow musicians: how did they get to where they are today, what are their perspectives on a life so enriched by music? I publish these interviews in video format as well; everything is linked on my website and you can sign up for my newsletter, in which I include sneak peeks! (including transcripts as they become available): leahroseman.com I hope you will enjoy these wide-ranging discussions with an interesting variety of musicians!

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 Douglas Burden: Bass Trombonist and Educator | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 5836

In this episode I speak with a wonderful colleague, the Bass Trombonist Douglas Burden, who has recently retired from Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra after 50 years. He shares his perspectives on his career, including wisdom passed down from some of his mentors including Emory Remington and Arnold Jacobs, and the lessons he learned about staying healthy and keeping his playing at the highest level. Doug is also well-known as an educator and will continue to teach at the University of Ottawa; he also shares his thoughts on what an orchestral career means, his memories of different conductors, his practice tips, and the importance of balancing different aspects of a life well-lived. As I point out in the intro,I'm including a link to Doug's gorgeous singing style in a Bordogni Vocalise (since we weren't able to use the recording he made during the episode due to a technical problem): https://youtu.be/p5ti8bKzsEg Below I've included timestamps for the many topics covered.  All these episodes are also available as videos, here's the link: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/douglas-burden-bass-trombonist-and-educator photo credit: Fred Cattroll  (00:00) Intro (01:44) playing as singing, Jack Everly (04:12) how to anticipate the beat, release the sound, Mario Bernardi and history of NACO (10:41) role of low brass in an orchestra (14:06) types of trombones, particularities of the instrument (17:14) Arnold Jacobs (26:03) Doug’s start in music and family background (30:15) Emory Remington’s legacy and his sudden death, Donald Knaub (38:15) starting out in NACO and many brass players at the time: Gordon Cherry, Bob Odes, Gene Watts, Chuck Kaellenbach (40:02) Pinchas Zukerman and establishing contracts for positions like bass trombone (45:37) changes in the working conditions over the years (46:58) changes in auditions (49:57) advice for musicians preparing orchestral auditions, more about Arnold Jacobs (53:42) Intonation (01:00:56) Endurance, preventing injury, staying in good physical shape and taking care of yourself (01:16:17) Franz-Paul Decker (01:20:11) score study, practice routine, practicing Bach Cello Suites (01:31:12) advice for serious students contemplating an orchestral career --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Tracy Silverman: Electric Violinist and Author of "The Strum Bowing Method" | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 7583

Tracy Silverman is truly an inspiring musician in every respect and it was such an honour to meet him and be able to record this memorable episode! This interview is also available as a video, and the transcript will soon be published, everything linked here:  https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/tracy-silverman-electric-violinist-and-author-of-the-strum-bowing-method  We talked about his classical roots, studying with legendary teachers Lewis Kaplan and Ivan Galamian, his rejection of the classical world and his fascinating career, through his years in rock bands,  we even talked about some of his early gigs, including learning the ropes as a strolling violinist, getting the job as first violinist of the innovative Turtle Island string quartet, and the development of his Strum Bowing method.  We talked about many musicians, including some of his collaborators and mentors including Terry Riley, Darol Anger, Roy “Futureman” Wooten, Mark Wood, and composers Roberto Sierra and John Adams.  In this conversation one of the many topics we covered was the new concerto writtten for Tracy  called “Ficciones” by Roberto Sierra.   Finally, we dived into his creative process, how music affects our emotions, and how to stay open by listening to others, and learning to show up as ourselves.  Tracy Silverman website: https://www.tracysilverman.com/ (00:00:00) Intro (00:02:29) Concerto "Ficciones" by Roberto Sierra, premiered with the American Symphony Orchestra (00:06:13) Tracy's 6-string electric violin built by Joe Glazer with demonstrations, and more about "Ficciones" (00:13:14) Tracy's support system for the instrument and hisi progression from classical violinist through his rock days (00:21:37) Lewis Kaplan (00:24:25) Ivan Galamian (00:27:40) Tracy's approach to Bach (00:31:04) Tracy's childhood, starting to study composition (00:33:14) intersection of improvisation and composition (00:35:17) more about "Ficciones"  (00:37:20) "Between the Kiss and the Chaos" (00:39:51) Turtle Island String Quartet and career advice (00:43:35) Strolling violin gigs, wedding singer (00:46:41) John Adams, "Dharma at Big Sur", solo recital versions of concerti (00:49:00) Looping with demo (00:56:27) Album "Beats and Jams" with son "Toby Beats" (01:01:11) mentor and collaborator Terry Riley (01:03:23) process of improvisation (01:09:56) using Strum bowign principles in different styles (01:16:47) Egberto Gismonti, Darol Anger (01:19:24) Caito Marcondes (01:21:00) teaching, strum bowing in school music programs (01:23:43) Turtle Island String Quartet, Darol Anger and the origin of strum bowing (01:27:08) how music affects our emotions (01:31:10) Roy "Futureman" Wooten, positive mindset (01:36:30) challenges with the 2020 lockdowns (01:43:25) manager Brian Horner and putting together commission for "Ficciones" with different orchestras (01:45:21) Rudolph Hawkin, Mark Wood, Matt Bell, Chuck Bond Trager, Tracy's mission with string playing (01:50:23) How Tracy practices (02:03:28) Advice on being open and listening to other musicians --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Anna Petersen: Oboe Player and Educator and Founder of Passionflower Yoga | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3974

I find my colleague Anna Petersen is such an inspiring person both as an incredible musician in her role as an oboe and English horn player and teacher, and as founder of Passionflower Yoga. In this conversation, we talk about  life’s challenges as a performer and the dangers of perfectionism and the importance of self-compassion, and how her experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher have supported her both physically,  psychologically and spiritually. Anna’s positivity really comes through in her beautiful playing, which you’ll get a taste of at the beginning of the episode, and in the way she has navigated some difficult life circumstances. Timestamps are included below in the description for the many topics that we touched on during this conversation. All these episodes are available in both video and podcast format and the transcript will soon be published to my podcast website leahroseman.com: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/anna-petersen-oboe-player-and-educator-founder-of-passionflower-yoga The performance of the Mozart Oboe quintet is used both with permission of Chamberfest and violinist Yosuke Kawasaki, violist Paul Casey and cellist Rachel Mercer (followers of this series will recognize several musicians!). Anna Petersen joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) as Second Oboe and English horn in 2013. She has performed orchestral and chamber concerts throughout Canada and the United States and internationally in China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. Prior to joining NACO, she held positions as Principal Oboe of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and as B-contract Second Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has enjoyed guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Pittsburgh, Detroit and Wichita Symphony Orchestras, The Florida Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013.  She has also recently performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand. Anna earned her Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer and Suzanne Geoffrey. In addition to her musical life, Anna is also an internationally certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, having completed 300 hours of training in Bali, Indonesia. Her yoga website: https://passionfloweryoga.ca/  Timestamps:  (00:00:00) Introduction (00:01:27) Mozart Oboe quartet 3rd movement  (00:06:03) Interview starts, with oboe demo Peter and the Wolf Prokofiev (00:07:05) English horn demo and discussion, breathing technique (00:09:38) Anna's musical history, Richard Killmer (00:11:42) Reed making (00:17:25) some oboe history (00:20:41) more about Richard Killmer (00:21:48) Anna's childhood and starting music (00:24:05) studies at Eastman (00:25:31) first job with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (00:27:24) Auditions, self-compassion, growth mindset (00:32:18) teaching music, singing (00:34:55) Yoga, teacher training in Bali, gaining perspective (00:38:39) Anna's pre-playing routines (00:40:49) posture, body awareness (00:42:42) founding Passionflower Yoga (00:45:24) the loss of Marjorie (00:47:55) Syracuse Symphony and bankruptcy of the orchestra (00:50:10) path to joining the National Arts Centre Orchestra (00:51:13) pandemic shut-downs and first rehearsals (00:54:09) experiences in different orchestras, conductors, wind section (00:56:57) music education, how the pandemic has changed us (00:59:31) Yoga and teacher training, healing (01:03:52) why people should come experience orchestral concerts --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Inspiring Excerpts with Karen Donnelly: Trumpet player and Educator | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 354

In this short bonus episode with the inspiring trumpet player and educator, Karen Donnelly, Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, she shares stories of her outreach during the pandemic lockdowns, her role as mentor and her role in the The Canadian Women's Brass Collective, and finally wonderful advice for all musicians about improving. The full episode is available in both video and podcast format, with the full transcript all linked here: https://www.leahroseman.com/blog/karen-donnelly-transcript --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Stephen Nachmanovitch: Author of "Free Play" and "The Art of Is" | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 6077

Stephen Nachmanovitch is the author of both Free Play and more recently The Art of Is. Yo Yo Ma wrote that “Stephen Nachmanovitch’sThe Art of Is is a philosophical meditation on living, living fully, living in the present. To the author, an improvisation is a co-creation that arises out of listening and mutual attentiveness, out of a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. It is a product of the nervous system, bigger than the brain and bigger than the body; it is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter, unprecedented and unrepeatable. Drawing from the wisdom of the ages,The Art of Is not only gives the reader an inside view of the states of mind that give rise to improvisation, it is also a celebration of the power of the human spirit, which — when exercised with love, immense patience, and discipline — is an antidote to hate.” This was an amazingly inspiring conversation, extremely wide-ranging, including some musical improvisation. I’ve included timestamps to help listeners navigate the many topics we touched on including many important artists, which include: Yehudi Menuhin, John Cage, William Blake, Herbert Zipper, Keith Johnstone, Ali Akbar Khan The video is here, and the transcript will also soon be linked on my podcast website: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/stephen-nachmanovitch-author-of-free-play-and-the-art-of-is Timestamps: (00:00) Intro to episode with Yo-Yo Ma quote and books “The Art of Is” and “Free Play” (01:46) World Music Menu (05:03) Violectra by David Bruce Johnson (09:43) sarangi, viola d’amore, sympathetic strings (13:10) work as a software programmer, sacred desk and secular desk (15:58) synesthesia, Visual Music Tone Painter, William Blake (18:19) Keith Johnstone and the intersections of art forms in improv: theatre, dance, music, (22:49) cooking (24:07) Yehudi Menuhin (26:47) Stephen re-learning the violin in a different way after injury (28:13) Indian music studies with Shashi Nayak and Ali Akbar Khan (29:49) “The Art of Is” and “Free Play” (30:52) Buddhism, Gregory Bateson, San Franciso Zen Center, Dorland Mountain Colony (37:53) William Blake (41:19) writing “The Art of Is” with Jack Nachmanovitch as editor (43:09) Herbert Zipper, documentary “Never Give Up” (49:38) parameters in improvisation (55:30) improvisation Leah Roseman on acoustic violin, Stephen Nachmanovitch on Violectra, waterphone and voice (01:03:23) body awareness, working with dancers (01:10:15) The judging specter (01:12:17) visual cortex interaction when listening (01:14:41) inspiration from nature, Stephen’s health problems and isolation, album “Hermitage of Thrushes” with David Rothenberg, collaborations with Ellen Burr, Anders Hagberg (01:21:13) “Finger Kissing” and the judging specter (01:27:15) John Cage (01:36:47) Stephen’s wife (01:39:29) Stephen’s advice photo credit: Dirk Dobíey --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Brendan Power: Harmonica player and inventor | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 3336

Brendan Power is famous internationally as a phenomenal harmonica player in many genres and also as an instrument innovator. He’s invented many unique harmonicas to increase the expressiveness and range possibilities of the instrument family, and is constantly experimenting. Brendan also has a fascinating personal story in that he discovered the harmonica in his university years, and changed his life in order to master it. He is completely self-taught and you may have heard his playing on albums with Sting, Kate Bush, Van Morrison, movies like Shanghai Noon and Atonement, or over 20 of his solo albums. I was thrilled to have this opportunity to speak with him!  During the episode Brendan demonstrates a few of his harmonicas in different styles, and I’ve added timestamps below.  The video version (transcript will be added soon) is: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/brendan-power-harmonica-player-and-inventor Brendan Power's website is: https://www.brendan-power.com/ Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (02:12) Amazing Grace on the AsiaBend harmonica (03:15) Discussion of the AsiaBend harmonica and different musical traditions, including Indianization of different instruments (07:58) Bulgarian music (10:10) How Brendan started developing different tunings (10:58) Brendan’s start in music, hearing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (12:56) Brendan’s family influences, early playing opportunities in New Zealand (15:27) how Brendan learned by ear, understanding of harmony (18:32) Brendan early years in England, winning the All-Ireland (21:39) getting hired by Sting for the Ten Summoner’s Tales videos, playing with David Sanchez, Vinnie Colaiuta (24:04) Internet history: a CD of Ten Summoner’s Tales sold in 1994 was the first secure transaction on the internet (24:59) Lucy Randall (25:26) Irish music Corner House jig into a reel (28:01) retuning harmonicas, developing different harmonicas (29:45) History of the harmonica (31:27) using iPad for music effects, MIDI, Akai EWI, SWAM Audio Modeling (35:43) Richter tuning, development of bending notes in the Blues, Paddy Richter tuning (38:10) the number of harmonicas most serious players have (41:38) pros and cons of the chromatic harmonica (43:46) how to alter a chromatic harmonica for more expressive possibilities (45:54) discussion of the SlipSlider and new innovations (49:07) pros and cons of MIDI harmonicas (51:21) Brendan’s early years learning on his own --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Inspiring Excerpts: Kerson Leong | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 423

This is a short bonus episode in my "Inspiring Excerpts" series, featuring the wonderful violinist Kerson Leong, in which he gives great advice for not only musicians, but anyone striving to live a more meaningful and mindful life.  The full episode is here, available in podcast format and soon with the full transcript: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/e8-s1-kerson-leong-violinist  Virtuoso violinist Kerson Leong is as eloquent in his musicality as in the way he talks about music and violin playing. I trust that a broad audience will take inspiration from this wide-ranging discussion. At the beginning of the full episode we are treated to an impromptu performance of Ysayë's Allemande from Violin Sonata no. 4. This conversation was recorded June 15, 2021.  Kerson has many upcoming performances, all of which can be found on his website here: https://kersonleong.com/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Inspiring Excerpts with Theo Marks, Violinmaker | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 271

In this short bonus episode in my Inspiring Excerpts series, Violinmaker Theo Marks talks about discovering  these, as he calls them, “compelling wooden boxes",  his childhood, learning the cello, and the craft and magic of violin making!  The full episode is available in both video and podcast form, wherever you listen to podcasts, along with the transcript: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/e7-s1-theo-marks-luthier  On my podcast website you can sign up for my podcast newsletter to get sneak peeks of upcoming guests!  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Shahriyar Jamshidi: Kamanche | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 5737

Shahriyar Jamshidi is a Kurdish-Canadian kamanche player, composer and improvisor who grew up in Iran, and lived through some very difficult times. He has collaborated with many musicians including heavy-metal cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne in their duo Kamancello, and has released numerous albums which feature his unique improvisational style. I find his playing to be extremely expressive and his personal story compelling. In this conversation he introduces us to this spiked-fiddle, which is the ancestor of the violin, and is used across many cultures, and also speaks about the need for humanity to stay in touch with our traditional music. Timestamps: (00:00) intro (01:20) description and history of the kamancheh (10:00) first improvisation (13:57) discussion of musical education (19:01) discussion of microtones and modes (24:03) demonstration of different techniques (28:42) discussion of the use of the kamanche and it’s relation to song (33:38) discussion about album “A Yellow Flower” (38:51) different Kurdish languages (41:59) growing up in Kermansheh, the political situation and ban on music (45:03) the importance of traditional music, more about the culture and censorship (52:42) immigration to Canada (54:54) Banff residency (57:15) International Society for Music Education conference in Azerbaijan (59:48) International Society for Improvised Music, different collaborations (1:03:23) second improvisation (1:05:41) how Shahriyar practices and the importance of traditional music (1:07:39) album “My Sunset Land Rojava” and the importance of music to express the most difficult emotions (1:17:21) process and inspiration for improvising (1:25:23) Kamancello duo with Raphael Weinroth-Browne (1:27:17) collaborations with different musicians, Richard Robeson “Meet Me in Tangier” (1:31:23) final improvisation --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Inspiring Excerpts with Veronica Thomas: Violinist, Educator, General Director | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 308

This is a short bonus episode in my Inspiring Excerpts series, featuring the violinist Veronica Thomas. She speaks about some of the incredible outreach the unique Préville Fine Arts Centre is doing, of which she is General Director. There’s also a clip about her experience of being on the jury of the Canadian Music Competition. In the full episode, she speaks about her unique and fascinating childhood, and reflects on her life in music. The link to the  full transcript of the whole interview is here along with all the links to the video and podcast versions of the full episode, and bonus episodes as well: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/e6-s1-veronica-thomas Préville Fine Arts Centre: https://centrepreville.org/ --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Jesse Stewart: Percussionist, Composer, Community Activist, Artist, Writer, Instrument-builder | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 5082

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning percussionist, scholar, composer, artist, writer, instrument-maker and community activist. In 2012 he founded “We Are All Musicians” founded on his belief that music is a fundamental human right, through which he helps create opportunites for people to make music regardless of age, musical training, socio-economic circumstance and ability. During the conversation he demonstrates how any object can be used to create interesting music, and we also get to hear him improvise on a waterphone, as well as with me on my violin, with a unique instrument which he explains. I do hope you’ll find Jesse to be as inspiring and interesting as I do! Below are timestamps for all the topics we covered. The video is close-captioned and the transcript will be published soon, at the same link on my podcast website: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/jesse-stewart-e13-s2-percussionist-composer-community-activist-artist-writer-instrument-builder Jesse Stewart website: https://www.jessestewart.ca/home.html photo credit: Michele McMillan Timestamps: (00:00) Intro (01:50) percussion (03:48) waterphone (07:06) discussion of Pulse water dripping on drum head (09:18) intersection of visual art and music, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Gayle Young, Suzy Lake (12:09) building a vibraphone (14:31) Glacialis ice music (16:43) exploring boxes and balloons, and different instruments in teaching orchestration (26:28) studies in composition and ethnomusicology James Tenney, David Mott, Rob Bowman (32:07) recovering from brain surgery, making videos of many different instruments and found objects like canoe paddles (37:35) demonstration of different found objects (42:20) snare drum compositions with demonstration of sonic exploration with wrenches (46:06) Community activism: We Are All Musicians (49:16) Adaptive Use Musical Instrument, Pauline Oliveros (56:38) improv with violin, waterphone and the gongs with the AUMI (01:100:32) Ajay Heble and upcoming book about the pedagogy of musical improvisation (01:07:38) improv with dancers, cellist Peggy Lee, Propeller Dance, Natasha Bakht (01:11:56) notating the drum studies, discussion of jazz drumming, Elvin Jones (01:20:43) fond memories of playing with Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck, David Mott, William Partker, playing for the Dalai Lama --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Diane Nalini: Jazz singer, Ukulele Player and Educator, Composer, Scientist | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 6337

Diane Nalini is an incredibly nuanced jazz singer, and composer. She performs in 4 languages and teaches jazz ukulele as well. I hope you’ll join me in my fascination with the incredible range of Diane’s interests and expertise.  Besides being a phenomenal musician she also is a Rhodes scholar with Phd in Applied Physics from Oxford university and presently works in environmental  science policy for the Canadian government. Not only is she a great lyricist, but she has also written songs inspired by great literature including Shakespeare, in jazz, blues, gospel, folk and bossa nova styles. During this conversation, she performs some of her original songs for us, and I’ve added timestamps in the description of the episode for the many interesting topics we touched on as well as her incredible performances. The video version is linked here: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/e12-s2-diane-nalini Diane Nalini's website: https://www.dianenalini.com/about/ Timestamps: (00:00 Intro) (00:53) Shakespeare “Songs of Sweet Fire” (03:30) Rhodes scholar, and Chinese calligraphy and watercolour painting with Virginia Chang, Bill Evans (08:07) paintings for “Songs of Sweet Fire”, role as album producer (10:55) Diane’s experience as a dancer and also starting to sing jazz songs at 3 years of age, also her experience of strict piano lessons (14:18) National Ballet School summer program experience (15:49) first professional jazz gigs (16:57) Science mentors at Dawson College Richard Shoemaker and John Mohamed (17:58) intro to her baritone ukulele and “Winter Eclipse” (19:04) Song “Winter Eclipse” (23:13) discussion of her song “Kiss Me Like That” and astronomy (26:18) Diane’s work for Environment, Climate Change Canada (28:13) discussion of her song “The Last Hurrah” (29:50) discussion of the challenges for individuals to limit consumption (34:48) jazz ukulele, Diane’s YouTube Ukulele for Jazz Singers, her workshops and teaching (39:48) teaching and performing online, connecting with people worldwide (41:37) learning Portuguese (47:23) Syncspace Live with husband Adrian Cho (56:00) some advantages to online teaching (58:02) introduction to song “Le Tournesol” (58:58) Song “Le Tournesol” (01:02:01) discussion about languages, etymology, Diane’s father (01:06:13) singing Schubert Lieder, learning German (01:10:52) turning down a recording contract offer, balancing a life in Science and Music (01:14:39) producing her first album, the process of putting together albums (01:16:34) making new musical connections in England, joining a salsa band (01:22:04) Diane’s ukulele made by Luis Feu de Mesquita, also history of the ukulele (01:29:36) Future Perfect album, pandemic challenges, new songs (01:33:42) Diane’s creative process and memory for music (01:38:19) Diane’s music in movies and tv shows (01:41:01) how listeners interpret songs so differently, including her song “After Dusk” photo credit: Adrian Cho --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Kirsty Money: Nyckelharpa | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 1415

I'm re-releasing my very first episode, recorded May 27, 2021 with the wonderful nyckelharpa player, violinist, teacher, and composer Kirsty Money.  During the episode she plays some wonderful music for us and shares some charming stories about how she got to know this beautiful and unusual instrument.  All of these episodes are also in video format, and I have also published the complete transcript of this episode. Video, transcript and short bonus episodes are linked here: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/e1s1kirstymoney photo credit: Hamish Gordon --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Elaine Klimasko Violinist and Teacher | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 4632

I speak with Elaine Klimasko, who is a Canadian violinist who joined the newly-formed National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1969 as the youngest member, and is well-known as a teacher. Her students are very frequently winners of competitions and hold important positions as chamber and orchestral musicians all over North America. In 2003 NACO Music Director Pinchas Zukerman asked her to launch the first Junior Young Artists Programme for the NAC Summer Music Institute. In this episode she tells many stories from her life, and about some legendary teachers she studied with including Josef Gingold and Lorand Fenyves. She reflects on her long career, from the perspectives  of a teacher and as a player. Timestamps are listed below!  Every episode is also available as a video, the link is here: https://www.leahroseman.com/episodes/elaine-klimasko-e11-s2-violinist-and-teacher Elaine Klimasko: "But I do say to all of my students though, if you think that playing in a symphony orchestra is secondary, that's the worst thing you could be thinking because the joy of orchestral playing, and I'm sure you feel the same way, Leah, is, there's nothing in life to me that compares with that. When you're playing one of those grand symphonies and that buildup a crescendo and you hear the horns and the French horns... I mean, I'm just covered in goosebumps. In my seventies still, and I don't know of any other profession that makes you feel that way. Maybe a doctor delivering a baby. I don't know. But it's pretty special." Timestamps ( 00:00) Intro ( 00:51) Joining the National Arts Centre Orchestra ( 12:29) music festivals like Kiwanis (13:04) dealing with stagefright (15:18) more about John Moskalyk (19:12) Lorand Fenyves ( 23:08) perfect pitch (25:52) Josef Gingold ( 31:52) violin teaching ( 33:42) music festivals (37:15) mentoring students who go on as professional musicians ( 41:46) the joy of orchestral playing ( 42:33) advice for orchestral auditions (45:07) the role of orchestral players in educational outreach ( 46:46) the Young Artists Program with Pinchas Zukerman ( 51:08) Pinchas Zukerman (55:23) story about Jascha Heifetz ( 56:08) chamber music ( 59:07) history of the NAC and Hamilton Southam (01:02:00) advice for serious players about buying instruments and bows ( 01:07:15) reflections on teaching ( 01:12:14 )building audiences for the future --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

 Inspiring Excerpts with Alexis Chartrand: Fiddler | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 280

This short bonus episode in my Inspiring Excerpts series is  with Québecois traditional fiddler Alexis Chartrand, created from clips from Episode 5 Season 1.  We first hear Alexis perform a jig by Josef Allard.   Alexis learned a lot from playing with dancers from a young age, and In the next clips you’ll hear him  discuss both groove and ornamentation in traditional Quebecois fiddling.  The full transcript is now available, and the links to the full episode in both podcast and video format (with timestamps in the descriptions) are all here: https://leahroseman.com/blog/alexis-chartrand-e5-s1-transcript Alexis Chartrand: "I learned a lot from step dancers, listening to the sound of their feet, to the inherent groove that they've developed. To me that's really the basis of my practice of the bow, all of the rhythms that we have to summon with the traditional style of bowing." --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leah-roseman/message

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