We would like to share this video for anyone who is interested in the art of conducting... or just music in general! This video portrays some very intellectually rich content that may inspire young conductors. Many of the most respected conductors are seen in this video and offer their thoughts on rehearsal strategies, musical interpretation, and memories of the past. Enjoy!
This morning, we were talking about Mark Applebaum’s TED Talk mad scientist video. If you haven’t seen it here is the link.
We first saw Mark Applebaum present a clinic at PASIC 2014 in Indianapolis. There he presented his new piece “The Metaphysics of Notation” performed by John Lane, professor at Sam Houston State University, along with several of his colleagues. We have to admit Mark’s artistry was new to us so it was a little overwhelming to grasp. However, a few months later we came across his mad scientist video, and with a greater insight of avant-garde concepts, we are able to accept and understand Mark’s artistry. His presentation in the TED Talk video is well crafted and takes the audience step by step in why he does things the way he does. For any medium out there exploring new avenues for music, I would recommend using this video as a resource. For Mark, “classical music” is becoming boring, in which, he uses that as a catalyst to generate new music for new/non-traditional instruments that is more intriguing. Therefore, Mark has opened the door for himself on whole world of creativity. 3G Percussion believes in this new world of creativity and the potential for the future. Funny enough, we often come across colleagues that stubbornly lock themselves in their rooms of traditional means of music and never explore new worlds. John Cage expressed his thoughts on this very matter.
“If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.”
- John Cage
A few weeks ago at the So Percussion Summer Institute, a group of percussionists gathered on the campus of Princeton University to work with So Percussion for an intense two-week workshop. Over those two weeks, we were able to work closely and build relationships with other musicians from around the U.S., Australia, and Brazil; as well as student composers from Yale, Princeton, and Peabody. Within our busy schedule, So Percussion managed to organize a few hours for a service project in collaboration with Outreach Northeast, an aid organization based in New Jersey, to fight child hunger in Mercer County. With the help from everyone involved in the percussion festival at Princeton, we managed to package 25,400 macaroni and cheese meals. This was an incredible experience and one that we did not expect to have at a music festival. We are truly inspired by the fact that the members of So Percussion took the initiative to communicate with a service organization to make a difference in people’s lives. It was the right time for them to utilize the number of people due to the ongoing festival. This act of generosity is exactly what we hope to incorporate within 3G Percussion.
John Cage was an extremely inspirational composer of the 20th century who not only created and considered various types of wonderful music, but also considered wonderful ideas about living. More specifically, we found the "10 Rules for Students and Teachers" (Popularized by John Cage) to be extremely motivating. The list was actually created as a project by Sister Corita Kent. The 10 rules of students and teachers really resonated with us. The goal is to soak in as much of life as possible. The ten rules are as follows:
- Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.
- General duties of a student. Pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
- General duties of a teacher; pull everything out of your students.
- Consider everything an experiment.
- Be self-disciplined: this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way.
- Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there is only make.
- The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
- Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
- Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
- Were breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of X quantities.
Hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully. often. Save everything. It might come in handy later.