Lending Library Addition: “Rotorua International Maori Entertainers”

Hello all! I’ve added a new CD to my website lending library: “Rotorua International Maori Entertainers,” presented by Maureen and John Waaka. I was delighted to stumble upon it while out and about recently, because this is not the sort of album that’s easy to come across thousands upon thousands of kilometres away from where it was recorded.

The album features a number of traditional Maori songs and chants, including the haka, which has recently become well known outside of New Zealand. There’s also a recording of the stick game Tititorea, which I first learned about during my music education classes when I was doing my Bachelor of Music Education.

Students belonging to my studio, if you’re interested in hearing the recordings on my CD, let me know via email or during your lesson and I can check it out for you. Everyone else…may a copy of this album find its way to you!

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Studio Music Library Updated!

Just a small update today, for a student who wanted to practice playing in minor keys. Since Christmas is on its way (and seems extremely imminent if you happen to step into the shops), I thought I might as well provide a carol.

Since my student is religious, I slightly reworked “The Coventry Carol.” The original copy in one of my music books had the fingering written so whoever was playing it would put both thumbs on Middle C, but since that hand position is pretty much universally disliked in my studio, I changed it up.

Students belonging to my studio can now download the piece from my website by logging in. I hope you enjoy it!

New Lending Library Update

Today, I have a new CD to add to my lending library: Beethoven’s Moonlight.

Beethoven's Moonlight

Mine is a 2-CD set, so the cover looks somewhat different from this…but it’s close enough.

The recording may not have been produced by a well-known label, but when someone offers you a brand new two-disc set of classical music for 95% off, it seems a bit silly to be picky. Especially since it features recordings of Beethoven pieces that feature in the method books and RCM piano collection I use, such as Ode to Joy and Für Elise.

I’ve picked up a few more CDs for my studio as of late, so I’ll be updating as I listen to each one. Given one or two were second hand, I’d like to be sure they actually work before sending them off with my students!

Happy (early) Thanksgiving, all!

Alexa’s Music Box – Now with a duet!

This week was fairly busy for me, and so I unfortunately didn’t have time to arrange anything new for my Representation Remixes series. However, yesterday, one of my young students helped me sort out a very simple duet for “Alexa’s Music Box” by Jean Coulthard. I want to stress how simple this duet is–I basically took the remaining notes from the piano arrangement and tweaked the octaves slightly–but simple’s better than nothing, right?

flute-Coulthard-Alexa’s Music Box-Optional duet – for (slightly more advanced) flute

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Site Update and Music With a Sense of Humour

Just a quick announcement concerning my studio site: I’ve added a new song to the Library section–a recorder version of “Jingle Bells,” as per student request! Current students can log into my site and download it for free. More downloads to come!

And now something for everyone! Recently, I discovered a very interesting piece by composer György Ligeti. While he’s best known from his work being used in movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, he wrote a great deal of music that broke away from Western Classical art music traditions.

One particularly unusual example of his work can be found below.

What do you think, everyone? Should I pick up the sheet music and perform this at my next student recital?

Healing Wind by Ohwihsha

Library Focus: Healing Wind by Ohwihsha

Last summer, I had the chance to attend my very first pow wow. It was a terrific experience and I was really glad I was able to go, even if–and, at the same time, especially because–it made me acutely aware of how ignorant I am of First Nations cultures. As a very small step towards alleviating that ignorance, while I was at the pow wow, I purchased the CD Healing Wind, by Ohwihsha.

Ohwihsha is the duo of Jonathan Maracle and Kris Delorenzi of Broken Walls, a group that also includes Bill Pagaran. Jonathan Maracle is of the Mohawk nation and plays wind flutes, rattles, whistles, drums, and percussion on Healing Wind and also provides the vocals, while Kris Delorenzi, who’s Italian, plays bass guitar and provides background music and editing.

I’m looking forward in the coming months to increasing my knowledge of First Nations musics through both listening and research, and I invite my students to join me and do the same! If you’re a current student and would like to check out the CD from my lending library, by all means let me know! Everyone else, if you’d like to know more about Healing Winds and Ohwihsha, please visit their website.

Happy Monday!