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Thursday, March 29, 2012

What I'm listening to today - Cumbias!

It's been awhile since I posted a "What I'm listening to today." Today I am listening to Cumbias Y Gaitas Famosas de Columbia. I happened upon this recording when I was trying to learn more about Latin American dances, and I just liked it. It's weird and obnoxious, but I just like it.

Cumbia is a music style popular in Latin America, most notably in Columbia and Panama. It is a musical and cultural fusion of Native Columbians, slaves brought from Africa, and the Spanish during colonial times. Cumbia began as a courtship dance among the African slave population, and was later mixed with European instruments and musical forms. (Thanks Wikipedia!)


Sunday, March 25, 2012

EPIC doesn't even begin to describe it!

If you've been following Clarineticus Intergalacticus, you will remember an earlier interview with clarinetist Tim Sutfin. In a few weeks, Tim will be premiering Scott McAllister's newest piece for clarinet and piano: Epic

Commissioned in 2011 by a consortium of 11 of the country’s top clarinetists, American composer Scott McAllister has written the single longest solo work for clarinet and piano, aptly entitled: Epic. The piece draws inspiration from McAllister’s life experiences as a clarinetist and composer, including traditional warm-up exercises, orchestral excerpts, composer Aaron Copland, clarinet legend Robert Marcellus, folk singer Richie Haven’s High Flyin’ Bird, and even the late pop icon Michael Jackson. This will certainly be a performance worthy of the title Epic, and is not to be missed!
SSG Timothy Sutfin, clarinetist with The U.S. Army Concert Band, will be the first member of the consortium to perform this piece publicly in its entirety. He will be joined by SSG Yalin Chi, pianist with the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point. 

The world premier performance will be give at Brucker Hall on Historic Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia on April 10th at 7:30 PM. If you are unable to make it to Arlington, catch the live audio-stream at www.usarmyband.com