Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Leah Flynn - The Prayer by David Foster

Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Tone. --Shinichi Suzuki.

Maybe, Music will save the world. -- Pablo Casals

Don't wait till evernote is perfect.  If you have it in your heart, it will be beautiful.  Never hesitate to do good with your music.  I was so touched by this performance.  When Leah plays, every note is a prayer.   Thank you for sharing.

After you listen to this heart felt performance read her Leah's story.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Casals Speech at Suzuki Concert

In cause you are wondering, Pablo Casals really did make this speech in Japan after a Suzuki Concert.  So much wisdom for the world. "Maybe, Music will save the world".  And all of our ears hang on to that thought.  Such a generous man Pablo Casals was.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Just in: Suzuki empire strikes back at fraud allegations – Slipped Disc

Thanks to Suzuki Sensei, the world is filled with talented fiddle players and young people who aspire to play the violin.  Playing the violin is accessible to a growing number of people.  It is a god send to those who would publish their own method books as they can ride on his wake with very little marketing. 

MOC should be cheering all the way to the bank as he has profited more than any other American musician from this convenience, yet it is not enough for him.  Sadly, he is a great success, yet he does not seem to recognize it himself.  Tell the angry man in your dreams to stop yelling at you MOC.  You deserve to be a happy person.

What made Suzuki Sensei a genius is that he saw what everyone else overlooked about creating musicians and set about discovering a solution. He did more than anyone else in the 20th century to democratize musicianship.less

If you do something that is truly successful you do not need to disparage anyone else to make sure the world will notice.  If you do something really great for the world they will notice.

Lastly some people don't realize that the internet is only a starting place for information.  Suzuki Sensei became a success long before the internet was available.  He never needed to publish this much information about himself to do his lifes work.  If you are really interested in learning more, knowing some Japanese helps considerably.   The internet can not hold everything that he has accomplished.  You have to live a full century to do that much.

Just in: Suzuki empire strikes back at fraud allegations – Slipped Disc:

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Inside the Quartet -

Inside the Quartet -

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Communication in ensembles is important.  How do you communicate with fellow musicians?

Follow the link to the Quartet and listen and watch how the members of the Kronos Quartet cue each other in performance.

"Founded 40 years ago, the Kronos Quartet has broken the boundaries of what string quartets do, commissioning hundreds of new works that have brought jazz, tango, experimental and world music into the genre. The string quartet, based in San Francisco, has released 57 albums, sold more than 2.5 million of those recordings and has become a mentor to several generations of quartets that have followed in its innovative wake."
"One day earlier this year at a studio in downtown Manhattan, the members — David Harrington and John Sherba, violinists; Hank Dutt, violist; and Sunny Yang, cellist — were game for an experiment: to create a video that would serve as a new way to explain the special mystery of how a quartet communicates. ​ They found themselves surrounded by a battery of laptops, video cameras and microphones as well as sensors that turned their movements into data that eventually rendered the players kind of as "dot clouds" who would appear and disappear according to their individual participation in the music. "
Suddenly, they began discovering things they were doing unconsciously to cue each other into the musical entrances.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Learning to play the piano? Sleep on it! -- ScienceDaily

Learning to play the piano? Sleep on it! -- ScienceDaily:
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Is your musician getting enough sleep between practice sessions?

According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain below the cortex play an important role as we train our bodies' movements and, critically, they interact more effectively after a night of sleep. While researchers knew that sleep helped us the learn sequences of movements (motor learning), it was not known why.

Flashmob by EUYO at the Rijksmuseum

If you want to get your audience out of their seats you've got to get the orchestra out of theirs too.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bach for Buddha

This is from William Harvey's thoughts about visiting Bagan, Myanmar with his violin.  William is a Juilliard graduate and Founder of Cultures in Harmony.

Yesterday, the festival musicians and some of the supporters climbed all over large pagodas with dozens of other tourists in Bagan, Myanmar. While the experience was incredible, the large crowds of camera-toting fellow foreigners made it difficult to apprehend the sense of spirituality and mystery which one would expect from this land dotted with hundreds of pagodas, some of which date back a thousand years. So today, Kirsty Griffiths (the festival's mezzo soprano and choral conductor) agreed to join me in a more interesting quest. This time, we would go alone to the smaller pagodas, and I would carry my violin.

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