And some amazing meals!
After a very wet spring the heat of summer has finally arrived in Texas, along with my latest CD! For this recording I am featured on a duet for clarinet and bassoon, Hollywood Counterpoint. The CD is Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Volume 2. Released on a private label, the recording can be purchased directly through this web site or through Amazon.
Summer break will bring a vacation to the Pacific Northwest and hiking in the Hoh Rain Forest. Performances will resume in July as I continue as the Acadmey Director of the TALIS International Music Festival in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. See the linked page about TALIS and how you can apply for the 2016 festival. After returning from Switzerland, I will be off to Tokyo, Japan in August to perform a solo recital at the International Double Reed Society's annual conference.
Although the summer will be busy, I will be accepting students into my bassoon studio for fall placement. Spots are limited so contact me soon.
TALIS Festival a Success!
As summer rolls into its final month, I've found a little time between festivals to post an update. Most recently, the TALIS festival wrapped another wonderful season in the Swiss alps. The high altitude seemd to have no effect on the incredible chamber music we experienced over the entire festival. Though the forecast called for rain every single day, only one concert needed an umbrella; the sun glowed both literally and figuratively on the concerts both in and outside. If you are an advanced student looking for a great European summer music experiece, consider the TALIS Music Festival and Academy. I hope to add some video links to this page very soon, but for now, here are a few pictures from the festival and our adventures in Saas-Fee.
TALIS took a group hike in the alps!
...and concerts inside
Look for more updates after my return from Japan! In mid August I will be performing a solo recital at the International Double Reed Society conference in Tokyo, where I will present an "All American" program of cowboy folk songs, ragtime, blues, jazz and funk.
My concert dates for the 2015/16 season are filling up, however there may still be room to book a visit. Send me a message and I will be happy to come present a concert and work with the local bassoonists.
Hello my bassoon friends from near and far. It has been over a year since my last post, partly due to a big move from north Texas down south to the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas. We moved in late May to prepare for my new position as the bassoon professor at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Known as the "Island University" TAMUCC has been a great move. The department is thriving with talented students and incredible faculty. In starting a new studio, I will be looking for some special bassoon students to join me on the island to pursue their musical goals. My studio will remain small with a maximum enrollment of six to foster individual growth and make sure each student gets personal attention and is provided with many opportunities for performance in small groups and large ensembles. Contact me directly if you are interested in joining my studio.
Aside from moving to Corpus Christi, the year was filled with other adventures and performances since the last blog post. One of the notable performances was a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November to play at the RiowWinds festival. This was my second appearance at this festival since back in 2010, and Rio was everything I had remembered from the first trip: great musicians, enthusiastic audiences, and exotic food and drink. I thank my host Harold Emert for his hospitality and also for introducing me to the wonderful pianist Fernanda Canud. Fernanda showed me many local spots including restaurants with live samba music and local delicacies. I look forward to going back soon!
In February my travels took me to west Texas and New Mexico where I performed at the University of Texas El Paso, and appeared as the guest artist for New Mexico State University's Double Reed Day. As a special treat during these performances, I was able to team up with a longtime friend and pianist, Dena Jones, to play some challenging music at both venues.
Double Reed day at NMSU was a great treat, and I met many talented young bassoonists and new friends. My thanks to hosts Cara Luffey (UTEP) and Katie Armendiaz (NMSU) for letting me work with your students.
The conference itself prooved to be another exciting and fruitful event to hear some amazing performances and meet equally amazing new friends. My performance featured an "All-American" program of jazz, blues, rock and more. I was able to meet many of our Asian brothers and sisters of the double reed world, and lisen to new interpretations of many standard pieces, plus a good variety of new works. The next conference will be back in the United States, hosted by Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. I hope to see may of you there!
with my buddy and Puchner Artist, Saxtion Rose
The Moosmann family
with Martin Kuuskmann
Bernd Moosmann and myself
all atop the skyline of Tokyo
Winter 2017 has been an opportunity to look back on a great semester and also plan for the future. Bassoon Week 2017 is almost upon us, and looks to be an exciting week of concerts and events. Our guest artists will include Martin Van Klompenberg and the Intrepid Winds from Fort Sam Houston. Aidan Case will presnt his junior recital and our Bassoon Day is scheduled for February 18. I hope to see many friends and bassoon enthusiasts attend some of our events.
In recounting the recent past, I had the pleasure of performing at the 6th annual Encuentro de Fagot in Mexico City in November. Hosted by bassoonist Wendy Holdaway, this bassoon festival has grown to a series of concerts and master classes for bassoonists all over the country of Mexico. Pianist Natsuki Fukasawa joined me for a program of exciting music by North and South American composers.
As a proud teacher, my students, Aidan Case and Tristen Craven, joined me as featured soloists with the TAMUCC Wind Ensemble in the music department's Holiday Gala concert. We performed the delightful "Bassoon it Will be Christmas" for a packed audience. Congrats to both Tristen and Aidan on a great performance.
In October, I returned to New York for a performance of Woodwind Quintets where I was reunited with TALIS Music Festival & Acadmemy alum, Peter Delgrosso. It was a pleasure to play quintets by Danzi, Milhaud, Nielsen and Hindemith with Peter and the other quintet members.
Of special joy, was a trip back to the state of Georgia in September to visit the University of Georgia for a recital and master class. Host and friend Amy Pollard joined me to perform Bulgarian duets and her husband Scott collaborated on Gene Koshinski's "Get It!" for bassoon and percussion. I met some wonderful students in the master class and sat in on Dr. Pollard's reed class to round out a delightful visit.