Showing posts from November, 2010

Bleu 2 in Poland

I first met Marcin Wierzbicki in Cracovie in 2000 during the Acanthes / Ircam summer academy. He is a great composer with a deep knowledge of acoustics, electronic music, interactive music, spectral sound processing, and more! Tonight, he is spatializing my composition Bleu 2 (electronic music) during the Laboratory Festival in Bialystok. In case you're in the area, make sure to attend the concert: you'll get to hear Marcin's brand new composition Transient Music for computer.

Clickers & quality of teaching

Yesterday, Jacques Steinberg wrote an article about the use of "clickers" in education: More Professors Give Out Hand-Held Devices to Monitor Students and Engage Them . I'm glad to read about this pedagogical tool in the Times, but it's important to mention that the benefits of the clickers, when backed by a great pedagogical approach, go far beyond the article description. In The Physics of Music & Sound , a course from the General Education program at Harvard , the clickers are part of the numerous tools Pr. Eric Heller uses to engage the students in a deeper level of reflection (I was a Head Teaching Fellow for the class in the Spring). He uses them to make the class as participatory as possible. Discussions, live demonstrations of experiments, student demonstration of voice and instruments, computer experiments that you can also easily do, peer instruction and PRS "clicker” participation are all part of the experience . In Pr. Heller's class, peer i

Duke Ellington's 1932 Rhapsody in Blue

Last year, I invited you to the concert of the Dudley House Jazz Bands , during which we performed three versions of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue . Here is the live recording of Duke Ellington 's 1932 arrangement ( also on youtube ): Featuring: Piano & musical research: Ryan Raul Bañagale Clarinet intro & musical direction: Jean-François Charles Soprano & tenor saxs: Eric Diebold Alto saxs: Kimberly August, Jillian DeMair & Richa Gawande Baritone sax: Aaron Silberstein Trumpets: Evan Biela, Gary Smiley, Chris Zuidema & Stephen Furqueron Trombones: Ethan Fenn, Rob Cautillo, Cara Takakjian & Tim Fung Guitar: Jonathan Buonocore Bass: Andres Enrique Drums: Max Behrens Update after L's comment. CDs and mp3s of the two other versions we played during the concert: Billy Strayhorn's Rhapsody in Blue (Duke Ellington's band) and Bill Putnam's Rhapsody in Blue (Stan Kenton's band). Widgets

Music on a Park Bench

On May 12th, 2008, I played clarinet in a student orchestra, in Harvard Pforzheimer House. I was thrilled to take part in a recording session for a new movie project - more than a movie: a musical! - by a team of Harvard undergraduates. Writer & director Damien Chazelle '08 and composer Justin Hurwitz '07 were leading what was surely one of their first recording session with an orchestra. Since then, the project went a long way, and the feature musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench was just released in New York this week-end: get your tickets now on Cinema Village . Make sure you watch it when it comes close to your place! Damien Chazelle was a Harvard Artist Development Fellow .

Clarinet multiphonics in Electroclarinet 1

Looking for the studio album? Visit A clarinetist recently asked me some help before performing my composition Electroclarinet 1 , for Bb clarinet and live electronics. I've been thrilled to help her, and at this occasion, I engraved the multiphonics with the correct fingerings: These are split tones, played with regular fingerings. Low & higher harmonic region refer to the amount and relative frequencies of the partials present in the sound, similarly to what Xenakis uses in his composition Charisma .Timbre trill with low F key.   Multiphonics with specified fingerings.   Soft diphonic.   Harmonic note over tremolo. For the high note, it is normal to hear a slight pitch variation, not written here.   With given fingering.   "Underblown" multiphonics. Notes with fermatas are played with regular fingerings. Eighth notes are played with "regular" open fingerings, as indicated.   Regular split tone, play with full sound spectrum.   Have