Songwriting Strategies: A 360 Degree Approach (Part 1) with Mark Simos – Creative Strings Podcast Ep.14

In the first of a two part interview, I sat down with my former colleague at the Berklee College of Music, Mark Simos, to discuss the strategies featured in his book Songwriting Strategies: A 360-Degree Approach.

Conductor Markand Thakar on achieving transcendent musical performances Pt. 2 – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7

Join us in part two of a special two-part episode in which Dr. Markand Thakar challenges us to transcend the ordinary through music. “To absorb yourself into the sound you have to let go of your place in the world…”  Markand Thakar is a music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and co-director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. Drawing from ideas Read more about Conductor Markand Thakar on achieving transcendent musical performances Pt. 2 – Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7[…]

Matt Glaser on Music Education, Improvisation, and Mindfulness/ Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 3

– The diversity of creative string players in the newest generation, and how we arrived here
– How classical string/music teachers can adapt to a changing musical world

“Inevitably the classical world has had to come to grips (with) this tsunami of young players playing fiddle tunes”

– “Micro-improvisation” and using skeletal melodies to develop comfort with improvisation…
– The “present moment” in performance..

Claudio Peña, jazz cello innovator and 2011 CSW faculty

Watch the video below this post.  You’ll see 2011 Creative Strings Workshop and Festival faculty member, Claudio Peña, conducting nearly 100 improvising cellists at the Botanical Garden in Buenos Aires.  Using predetermined hand signals, Claudio leads the musicians through a beautiful and haunting musical arrangement composed in real time.  His conducting can initiate or modify harmony, Read more about Claudio Peña, jazz cello innovator and 2011 CSW faculty[…]

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