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Legends of Reed

By Jo Anne Sukumaran

Legends of Reed is an interview series conducted by Jo Anne Sukumaran with top double reed musicians from around the world. The aim of this podcast is to share knowledge, educate and inspire other musicians.
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Season 3 Episode 9: Benjamin Coelho
Season 3 Episode 9: Benjamin Coelho
A dynamic and expressive bassoonist, Benjamin Coelho, born in Brazil, is a sought-after musician, teacher, and recording artist performing in many countries on five continents. Currently, he is the principal bassoon with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Voxman Reed Trio. He has been a professor of bassoon at the University of Iowa since 1998. Benjamin started his musical studies at the Tatuí Conservatory of Music in Brazil. He came to the U.S.A. to study at Purchase College, where he received his BFA. He received his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and did additional graduate work at Indiana University. Benjamin has commissioned, performed, and recorded many works by Latin American, American, and European composers, and has released seven critically acclaimed CDs garnering praise from national and international publications. Benjamin finds great joy and fulfillment as a teacher and pedagogue. During the pandemic, he gave over thirty master classes and lives to students in the United States and Latin America. He has been honored to be on faculty at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, Brazil, and has taught at bassoon festivals worldwide. Benjamin has dedicated himself to service. At the University of Iowa, he has served in four different associate director positions and his greatest honor was becoming the interim director of the School of Music from 2018-2019. He is currently serving a three-year term as the vice-president of the International Double Reed Society. *************************************************************************************************************************************** In this episode, I speak to Benjamin about many interesting topics such as his musical upbringing, his influences, and musical journey, his views about the Brazilian bassoon school versus the American school, his practicing method, his teaching philosophy, and his bassoon studio at the University of Iowa, and why diversity, belonging and equality are so important to him. We also spoke about the recent "movement" in classical music (especially in North America) in addressing racial inequalities and providing more opportunities to musicians from minority backgrounds. He also shared about his recording projects and gives some words of encouragement to young musicians.  Like, subscribe, and share/rate the podcast.   Find out more about Benjamin here: https://www.benjamincoelho.com/ LOR podcast is being sponsored by Baron Cane, use the coupon code "legendsofreed", to enjoy free shipping on Barton Cane. https://www.bartoncane.com/
01:15:56
July 30, 2022
Season 3 Episode 8: Sara Schoenbeck
Season 3 Episode 8: Sara Schoenbeck
The Wire places Sara Schoenbeck in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today, while the New York Times has called her performances "galvanizing" and "riveting.” She has performed with or been a member of Anthony Braxton’s 12+1(tet) and Tri-Centric Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz’s Gravitas Quartet, Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State, Wavefield Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink, Marty Ehrlich’s Duende Winds, Nels Cline's Lovers, Adam Rudolph's Organic Orchestra, and the Michael Leonhart Orchestra. She has worked with many of creative music’s luminaries including Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Yusef Lateef, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, and Pamela Z. She can be heard on music and film recordings including Matrix 2 and 3, Spanglish and Dahmer. She has performed at major venues throughout North America and Europe. A partial list includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kitchen, Iridium, Disney Hall, Redcat, the Kennedy Center, the Free Music Festival in Antwerp Belgium, Biennale Musica in Venice Italy, the American Festival of Improvised Music, MicroFest, SXSW, New Orleans, Newport, Berlin, Victoriaville and Ottawa Jazz Festivals; the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles; San Francisco, Saalfelden and Tempere Jazz festivals. Sara received her BFA from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Sara has been adjunct faculty at California Institute of the Arts, Citrus College, and Pasadena Conservatory and has given master classes at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Cornish College, University of Denver, and Western Washington University. She is currently on faculty at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Packer Collegiate Institute. In this episode, I speak to Sara about her musical journey, how her career developed and took off, and the inspiration behind her recent self-titled album release, she gives me some practical tips on how to become a better improviser and how to approach free improvisation, tips on creativity, her main musical influences, the challenges of working as a female musician, tips for young musicians and she fills me in on the jazz/music scene in New York, and which jazz clubs I should visit in New York.  Listen to her album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/6SMnwqkm8odd2KXNaUqku9?si=3JzotXziSY6u_InOokxYfA Find out more about Sara: https://www.saraschoenbeck.com LOR podcast is being sponsored by Baron Cane, use the coupon code "legendsofreed", to enjoy free shipping on Barton Cane.  https://www.bartoncane.com/
01:08:51
June 16, 2022
Season 3 Episode 7: Philippe Tondre
Season 3 Episode 7: Philippe Tondre
French oboist Philippe Tondre has secured a place among the finest musicians of his generation. «Master of the oboe » (Bonner General Anzeiger), his music-making is packed with emotional sensitivity and stunning virtuosity. Principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Philippe Tondre is also a member of the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the newly-founded Kammer Ensemble Paris, and Principal Oboe of the Saito Kinen Orchestra Matsumoto. From 2014 until 2020 he was Solo Oboe of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and from 2016 until 2017 Solo Oboe of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. He has worked with eminent conductors, amongst others Seiji Ozawa, Yannick Nezet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Teodor Currentzis, Franz Welser- Möst, Sir Roger Norrington, Fabio Luisi, Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen und Daniel Harding. In November 2015 Philippe Tondre was nominated Professor for Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik Saar. He gives masterclasses in China, Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. Philippe Tondre plays a Buffet Crampon « Légende » Oboe. ********************************************************************************************************************************************** In this episode, I speak to Philippe about his early musical journey, the key teachers and mentors that had a great influence on him, what studying with Maurice Bourguewas like; his tips for competitions and peak performance, why having active sports and exercise regime is important for wind players, how he toggles between playing in the US and Europe, his upcoming projects, recordings and concerts, the French school of oboe, and his personal tips for young musicians. To find out more about him, visit: http://www.philippetondre.com LOR podcast is sponsored by Barton Cane. To enjoy free shipping, use coupon code, “legendsofreed”, all one word on any order. https://www.bartoncane.com
48:34
June 03, 2022
Season 3 Episode 6: Peter Whelan
Season 3 Episode 6: Peter Whelan
I recently interviewed the fabulous bassoon soloist and conductor Peter Whelan. Peter is not only a concerto soloist, he is in constant demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in many prestigious venues around the world, and he is also the founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Marsyas, and the Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. He is also an Artistic Partner of the Irish National Opera. We speak about many interesting and inspiring topics like his musical journey, how he found his voice in early and baroque music, his studies with Sergio Azzolini, how he got into conducting and directing, his work with the Ensemble Marsyas, how we can stay inspired when performing and interpreting overly-played repertoire, “the game” in interpreting early music, the importance of musicians in finding “a middle ground”, his upcoming projects and he speaks about his new disc, “Mozart’s Bassoon. Works for solo Bassoon”. He even teaches me some Irish slang. Listen to his album here: https://open.spotify.com/album/4FhwOW1szuLuPMhpAsWeK8?si=EogfQ_wpRvSQw1Y1DlWuGw Find out more about him: https://www.peterwhelan.co.uk/about/ LOR is now sponsored by Barton Cane, to enjoy free shipping use the coupon code "legendsofreed".  https://www.bartoncane.com/
01:04:22
April 21, 2022
Season 3 Episode 5: Daniel Matsukawa
Season 3 Episode 5: Daniel Matsukawa
Daniel Matsukawa has been the principal bassoon of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. He studied at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. His teachers include Harold Goltzer, Alan Futterman, and Bernard Garfield. Mr. Matsukawa made his solo concerto debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 18 and was featured in a Young Artist’s Showcase on New York’s WQXR classical radio station. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Japan, and New Zealand. Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Matsukawa served as principal bassoon with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., the Saint Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Memphis Symphony. Mr. Matsukawa is a member of the faculties at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. In 2019, Mr. Matsukawa has served as a member of the prestigious jury panel for the Tchaikovsky Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Later that same year, he served as a member of the jury panel for the ARD Competition in Munich, Germany. Find out more about him here: https://www.philorch.org/your-philorch/meet-your-orchestra/musicians/daniel-matsukawa/ I am joined by my friend, bassoonist Francisca Bastos who is a guest co-host on this episode. BYOM Academy: https://www.beyourownmanager.com
01:10:39
February 02, 2022
Season 3 Episode 4: Frank Morelli
Season 3 Episode 4: Frank Morelli
On this episode I am very pleased to share my interview with one of most renowned American bassoonists, Mr. Frank Morelli.  He is the first bassoonist awarded a Juilliard doctorate, and has been a Carnegie Hall soloist nine times. He performed at the last White House State Dinner for President Clinton and is Co-principal bassoon of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Faculty positions include Juilliard, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook and Queens College. His over 180 recordings include MSR Classics solo CDs From the Heart, Romance and Caprice, Bassoon Brasileiro and Baroque Fireworks. Gramophone Magazine proclaimed that "Morelli's playing is a joy to behold." American Record Guide stated: "the bassoon playing...is as good as it gets." We speak about his teaching philosophy, his musical journey and being one of the first bassoonists to have a "portfolio career", his musical influences, his favourite memories playing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, his foray into jazz with the album "The Ox-Mo Incident", his thoughts on the classical music industry and tips for the future generation of classical musicians, what he would like to be remembered for and even what the "theme song" of his life would be.  Visit his website at www.morellibassoon.com
48:16
December 19, 2021
Season 3 Episode 3: Judith Farmer
Season 3 Episode 3: Judith Farmer
On this episode, I am pleased to have bassoonist, Judith Farmer on the show. We had an interesting chat about interesting topics such as her teaching philosophy, how she stayed productive during the pandemic, what working in film recording and session work is like, what are the differences between American and European bassoon playing styles and more. 2016 GRAMMY® Award nominee Judith Farmer’s playing has been described by critics as “impeccable” (American Record Guide), "masterly" (Fanfare Magazine), “absolutely superb”(Classical CD Reviews) and "brilliant" (Kronenzeitung, Austria). Judith is currently a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony and the Long Beach Symphony. She has played on the scores of over 200 major motion pictures, such as Frozen, The Pirates of the Caribbean,  Toy Story 2, Spiderman 3, Indiana Jones IV, Star Wars VII and A. I., Men in Black III and many more. She teaches  bassoon at the University of Southern California and held guest master classes at numerous American universities. She received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Judith is an avid chamber musician, who enjoys collaborating with composers on new works and has had numerous works written and dedicated to her. Together with her husband, composer Gernot Wolfgang, she co-produced four CDs of his chamber music for Albany Records, including Passing Through for which she received a 2016 GRAMMY® nomination in the category Best Classical Compendium. Her latest release, “Judith Farmer plays Favorites” is available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2Q6wl6WCgsC1FQFvo0Z6ts https://www.judithfarmerplaysfavorites.com/ Opening music: "Low Agenda" by Gernot Wolfgang for bassoon & contrabass
30:29
September 30, 2021
Season 3 Episode 2: Martin Kuuskmann
Season 3 Episode 2: Martin Kuuskmann
Martin Kuuskmann is a multiple Grammy-nominated Estonian-born bassoon virtuoso, Moosmann artist, and the Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music at the University of Denver. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Yale School of Music, his mentors include Stephen Maxym, Frank Morelli, Rufus Olivier and Ilmar Aasmets. On this episode, we talk about his recent and upcoming projects, some of his favourite musicians and collaborators, his partnership with Moosmann bassoons, and some of the lessons he learnt in his career. To find out more about him, please visit: http://kuuskmann.com
51:14
June 25, 2021
Season 3 Episode 1: Alban Wesly
Season 3 Episode 1: Alban Wesly
Welcome back to a brand new season of LOR. In this episode (recorded in summer 2020) I interview Alban Wesly, a musician based in Amsterdam. He is proud to be the bassoonist/founding member of Calefax (Amsterdam) and to have been the bassoonist of Ensemble Musikfabrik (Cologne) for 22 years. Since September 2018 Alban teaches bassoon at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. As the bassoonist of the award winning reed quintet Calefax and the internationally acclaimed Ensemble Musikfabrik Alban  is considered as one of the most versatile bassoonists of this time. Calefax is one of the longest operating chamber music groups in the Netherlands, and worldwide trendsetter for a new genre: the Reed Quintet.  We talk about interesting topics such as touring, his interest in new music, tips on maintaining a chamber ensemble, making programming choices, and a funny travel anecdote of the "airline baggage crisis" in Aberdeen and much more. To find out more about Alban, visit: http://wesly.eu https://calefax.nl/en/ If you've enjoyed this podcast, do share/like/subscribe! :)
01:14:30
March 13, 2021
Season 2 Episode 9: Joost Flach
Season 2 Episode 9: Joost Flach
Joost Flach’s long and fruitful musical journey as an oboist began in the Netherlands. During 1984, following the completion of his studies, he began a global search for work opportunities. This planted his migration and  current residency to Singapore. Over the years this initial venture has blossomed, and developed into many opportunities throughout South-East Asia.  He has been a regular member (namely as Sub-Principal Oboist) of the Malaysian Philharmonic, The Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Since his retirement from the Malaysian Philharmonic in 2014, Joost has become more involved with teaching and education.  Connecting with Asian composers has evolved into the commissioning of several chamber music works that feature the oboe, and other works for wind ensembles. His multitude of skills as a performer, teacher and composer has also developed into the conducting of many wind ensembles. Through these experiences, he has witnessed enormous expansions within the Southeast-Asia music scene. Joost has also worked for the Ministry of Education in both Singapore and the Netherlands, and is currently Head of Winds at NAFA School of Music.
01:01:46
August 29, 2020
Season 2 Episode 8: Roger Birnstingl interviewed by Ole K. Dahl
Season 2 Episode 8: Roger Birnstingl interviewed by Ole K. Dahl
This episode is kindly contributed by Ole K. Dahl.  Ole interviewed his former teacher and mentor, Prof. Roger Birnstingl, during the polish bassoon festival Pracownia fagocisty 2020, thank you to our guest contributor and the festival director Arek Adamczyk for releasing this interview to our listeners!  In the meantime, if you have any suggestions or feedback, we would love to hear from you,  please email us at legendsofreed@gmail.com
01:30:30
August 21, 2020
Season 2 Episode 7: Jaroslaw Augustyniak
Season 2 Episode 7: Jaroslaw Augustyniak
Jaroslaw Augustyniak was born in Lodz, Poland in 1965. In 1988 he graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland with a master’s degree in Bassoon and Chamber Music. A year later he was a laureate in several prestigious competitions and then Jarek furthered his studies under the guidance of Vincenzo Menghini - RAI Turin. Jarek was appointed as Principal Bassoon of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in December 2004. He joined BBC National Orchestra of Wales after a thirteen-year post as Principal Bassoon with the Basque National Orchestra, Spain. His professional life has seen him to move from Poland, through Portugal, Spain and Denmark to the United Kingdom. He has been given the opportunity to play in almost all European countries and as far afield as the USA, Argentina, Chile and China - in many prestigious venues including Wien Konzerthaus, London Royal Albert Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw under many famous conductors. In addition, Jarek has fostered an active solo career, He recorded soundtrack solo bassoon for the Anri Sala film “1395 Days Without Red” – followed by a solo appearance in Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. During his career Jarek has been a guest principal in many festivals and orchestras like the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic. We speak about how he is coping with the Covid-19 lockdown, the opportunities that the pandemic could bring, the origins of his online lecture series "Ventus Optimus", his collaboration with contemporary composer Julia Plaut involving a vacuum cleaner, how his wide travels and close family life influenced his artistic life and the intricacies of playing in a film soundtrack. To find out more about him, visit: https://www.jaroslawaugustyniak.com/ If you have enjoyed this podcast, please like, subsribe or share!
53:12
July 14, 2020
Season 2 Episode 6 Niño Rubén (English & Spanish)
Season 2 Episode 6 Niño Rubén (English & Spanish)
On this special bi-lingual episode I speak to Niño Rubén - a young and talented Spanish bassoonist.  He is joined by his friend Carmen Hildago, who assists us in translation. One of the most fascinating, and innovative solo bassoonists currently. Rubén is also a great composer. He won the Special Prize of the 1stSeville Double Reed Society in Spain for his outstanding performance and musical talents. After his Bachelor studies, he became a finalist in the RTVE Virtuosos National Competition and started caving out his own unique path. Improvising and composing at a very young age, he has presented his own compositions at many festivals, and is particularly focused on researching the art of the flamenco.  We speak about interesting topics such as his passion for flamenco music, and the historical significance of the flamenco. We also talk about breaking barriers in classical music by making the bassoon the protoganist and soloist in concerts, how he started improvising and composing and his compositions and favourite concerts.  We also compare our creative process and discuss the connection between silence and creativity, how he found his own voice and compositional style and him searching and finding his artistic freedom. We also share some fun facts about ourselves and discuss collaborating on a Corona playlist together.  To find out more about him, please visit: https://www.ninoruben.net/
57:21
June 27, 2020
Season 2 Episode 5 Rachel Bullen
Season 2 Episode 5 Rachel Bullen
Rachel Bullen studied with  Emanuel Abbühl and François Leleux in Europe after her initial studies in Melbourne. Rachel performed as an orchestral musician in Europe in many orchestras including the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra, and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and has toured as a soloist in many European countries and she was a full-time chamber musician from 2010 - 2016 with Esbjerg Ensemble in Denmark. In 2016, Rachel returned to Australia permanently and played as guest principal oboe with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and acting principal with Adelaide Symphony for most of 2019.  Currently, Rachel teaches at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and performs as a freelancer. We discuss interesting her musical influences and musical journey from Melbourne to Europe and interesting topics such as the importance of playing as naturally and effortlessly as possible,  the importance of giving students the freedom to teach themselves, her most memorable chamber concert experience,  the psychology behind peak performance, dealing with performance anxiety and overcoming professional setbacks that may arise while working as a foreign musician in Europe. Her website: https://www.rachelbullenoboe.com Study with Rachel: https://www.playwithapro.com/live/Rachel-Bullen/
46:40
June 08, 2020
Episode 4: Rebekah Heller
Episode 4: Rebekah Heller
I am very excited to share an interview I did with Rebekah Heller that was conducted in early April. Rebekah is a solo bassoonist based in New York and has been praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by The New York Times. Not only  a uniquely dynamic solo and collaborative artist, she is fiercely committed to expanding the modern repertoire for the bassoon and has appeared as soloist with many prestigious orchestras such as The New York Philharmonic and is co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble. Besides performing she has an active teaching career and teaches at the International Contemporary Ensemble's summer program, Ensemble Evolution, and is also on the bassoon faculty at the Mannes School of Music at The New School College of Performing Arts. We had a fun chat about many topics including contemporary music, commissioning and working with composers, fund-raising, extended technique, covid-19 and share some of our surfing mishaps! To find out more about Rebekah, visit her website: http://www.rebekahheller.com/ To support the podcast, you could consider supporting me here: https://joannesukumaran.bandcamp.com/
52:08
May 09, 2020
Episode 3: Special Edition Online lecture feat. Ole K. Dahl with Poznan Bassoon Class
Episode 3: Special Edition Online lecture feat. Ole K. Dahl with Poznan Bassoon Class
Welcome to a special edition of Legends of Reed. Big thanks to Kristian Oma Ronnes for this contribution.  Today I am very glad and grateful to feature a guest contribution from Kristian Oma Ronnes. Together with Arek Adamczyk, they hosted an online lecture on Zoom for bassoon students and graduates from the Music Academy in Poznan. This lecture was chaired by guest speaker Prof. Ole K. Dahl from Muho Mannheim. The subject of this lecture is “How to get the most of your practicing when time is limited”. These are very difficult and strange times for the arts and artists.  Working and practicing from home can be challenging and isolating if your neighbours are not fans of practicing.   Listen in as Ole gives valuable advice on the value of  maintaining a regular routine and do a compressed version of Drills and he even takes questions from Facebook live. Don’t forget to check out Kristian’s interview with me in Season 1.  Please stay well and healthy and enjoy the lecture. 
01:25:58
May 08, 2020
Episode 2: Nadina Mackie Jackson
Episode 2: Nadina Mackie Jackson
Solo bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson is the most widely recorded Canadian bassoonist in history with 13 solo albums, 8 chamber music recordings and dozens of albums with symphony, chamber and historical instrument orchestras. A true communicator, she combines her love for images, words and music in many unique concert series. Nadina speaks about her musical origins, and how she came to become a solo bassoonist. She not only produces her own concerts but she is also a visual artist. She discusses key topics like the importance of releasing music, fundraising and the importance of having a written contract. She is very mindful of the challenges faced by young bassoonists and explains that obstacles actually test one’s commitment. She also shares on her concert series “Bassoon Out Loud”, “Darwood’s Wild Bassoon”, “Ophelia Speaks”. She established the Council of Canadian Bassoonists to support young Canadian bassoonists and discusses her teaching career. I even find out why she has blue hair! For more infö, please visit: https://nadinamackiejackson.com/ Support the Council of Canadian Bassoonists: https://www.councilofcanadianbassoonists.ca If you have enjoyed this podcast, do like, share or subscribe to the podcast. To support me make better content please go to: https://joannesukumaran.bandcamp.com/
56:45
March 08, 2020
Season 2 Episode 1: James Austin Smith
Season 2 Episode 1: James Austin Smith
James is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Decoda, co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Artistic and Executive Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants in New York and San Francisco  He is a member of the oboe and chamber music faculties of Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music. On this episode, I speak to James about very interesting topics: · his musical origins, · his chamber music series, Tertulia, · the power of chamber music & how he came to focus on it · what qualities presenters look for when booking artists · how to  “turn the dial” as classical musicians and grow new audiences · how he stays inspired and how to keep an interpretation “fresh” · the benefits of having a life outside music · his "dream programme” and more. To find out more about James, please visit: www.jamesaustinsmith.com www.instagram.com/jaustinsmith www.tertuliamusic.org If you have enjoyed this podcast, rate/subscribe and share the podcast.  You could consider supporting me here on band camp: https://joannesukumaran.bandcamp.com/
34:04
February 01, 2020
Episode 11: Kristian Oma Rønnes
Episode 11: Kristian Oma Rønnes
   Kristian is a young and accomplished Norwegian Composer & Bassoonist.  He is currently Principal Bassoon at The Baltic Opera in Poland since 2018. He studied bassoon with Robert Ronnes, Dag Jensen, Ole K. Dahl and Klaus Thunemann. His YouTube channel has been awarded one of top 25 channels in the world and he tirelessly contributes to the bassoon world by his many arrangements, restorations and his research for extended technique, fingerings and his discoveries of unknown works. He became a Moosmann artist at age 26. Quote from interview: “I think that professionalism doesn’t automatically come with winning an audition.” Some topics we discuss: - the current conservatory education system and subjects conservatories Kristian feels conservatories should focus on to help students get a job. - The wide range of career options available now for a musician, besides the orchestral path. - an ideal practicing schedule, the importance of challenging oneself and pushing one against one’s limits.  - The advice he received from Klaus Thunemann on practicing  - Some of his personal audition tips and how to stand out from the crowd. - What motivates him - How we can promote the bassoon - Which composer he would like to have lunch with.  - His interesting story of him playing Rite of Spring for the first time and the surprise guest in the audience.  - His collaboration with Bernd Moosmann to develop the bassoon’s mechanic. To find out more about Kristian, please visit: https://www.kristianomaronnes.com If you’ve enjoyed this podcast, please take a moment to rate or subscribe. To help me make better content, please consider supporting the podcast here: https://www.patreon.com/jewelair
40:60
May 24, 2019
Episode 10: Jeffrey Lyman
Episode 10: Jeffrey Lyman
Jeffrey Lyman is Professor of Bassoon at the University of Michigan. has established himself as one of the premier performers, teachers, and historians of the bassoon in the U.S.   He coordinates two popular YouTube channels: one with more than 160 live recordings of Lyman and his students at the University of Michigan, and the other featuring trios and duos for oboe, bassoon and piano with Nancy Ambrose King and Martin Katz.  On this episode, I find out how  · Jeffrey maintains such an exciting & diverse and bassoon studio.  · We talk about one of his students - Euceph Yousef El-Magharbel who makes cool, bassoon funk videos. His recommendations for unique composers.  · The weirdest places he has ever performed and practiced in. · The most important career advice he has ever received. · We discuss should musicians (ever) accept non-paying gigs for exposure. · How can one deal with naysayers and detractors as a musician, for e.g. internet trolls?  · How to commission a composer as a musician · If he could sum up your life in a book title, what would it be? · Some of his upcoming projects  · What he likes to do in his free time and hobbies. To find out more about him, please visit: http://www.jefflymanbassoon.com If you have enjoyed this podcast, please consider supporting me on Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/jewelair
52:36
May 07, 2019
Episode 9: Mykyta Sierov – oboe maverick
Episode 9: Mykyta Sierov – oboe maverick
This episode features Ukrainian oboe soloist and chamber musician, Mykyta Sierov. He is an independent oboist based in Weimar, Germany – he not only plays classical music, but jazz and pop as well as his own compositions.  Since 2016 he is the solo oboist of his band, “Bosque Magico” and they have recorded in their first album “Tu Tiempo” and the band is currently touring and promoting this album in Europe and Asia.  He is highly creative, with lots of ideas and energy and explains how he manages his own career and gives valuable tips to others interested in a similar career path.  To find out more about Mykyta: visit  https://www.facebook.com/SierovMykyta/ To find out more about Bosque Magico:  https://www.bosque-magico.de/index.php?language=en&id=156 To support the podcast and help me make better content:  https://www.patreon.com/jewelair
33:04
April 19, 2019
Episode 8: Sophie Dervaux (special live edition)
Episode 8: Sophie Dervaux (special live edition)
Recorded: 12 December 2018 Please note that this interview has quite some background noise from the concert hall. I managed to have a chat with Sophie Dervaux backstage in the world-renowned Vienna Musikverein Hall in December 2018. Sophie joined the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic as principal bassoon in 2015. Previously, she was principal contrabassoon of the Berlin Philharmonic from 2013 until 2015.  I find out about Sophie’s favourite composers, upcoming projects and other interesting topics. Sophie shares with us her musical origins and how she chose the bassoon, after initially starting on the guitar and clarinet.  She also tells us some of her most memorable concerts, being an advocate for the bassoon and the responsibility of the new generation to promote and create awareness for the instrument. She also takes us back to the day she won the job at the Vienna State Opera.  Enjoy listening, and subscribe or share! To find out more about Sophie, please visit her website: https://sophiedervaux.com/ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you have enjoyed this podcast, and would like to support me make better content: https://www.patreon.com/jewelair Special thanks to Marcello Malatesta, for editing this audio.
27:24
March 25, 2019
Episode 6: Audun Halvorsen (special live edition)
Episode 6: Audun Halvorsen (special live edition)
Audun is the Principal Bassoon of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. He teaches Bassoon at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and is Associate Prof. of Bassoon at The Oslo Academy of Music. I managed to catch up with him in person, in Hamburg after his two-day masterclass at Tutti Fagotti. Audun is currently on sabbatical leave from his orchestral position in Copenhagen. Find out about Audun's recent tour to Shanghai with Lucerne Festival Orchestra, his opinion on sound, and auditioning, the importance of vowels, mental strength and we round off with a fun chat about the Vikings. To find out more about Audun's bassoon studio: https://english.dkdm.dk/International https://nmh.no/en/norwegian-academy-of-music If you’ve enjoyed this podcast, please rate it  and or subscribe, it helps the podcast gain more visibility on iTunes.
29:45
February 10, 2019
Episode 5: Malte Refardt
Episode 5: Malte Refardt
Malte is the Professor of Bassoon at Folkwang University of the Arts, in Essen, Germany.  He is an exceptional teacher, soloist, and leads a very vibrant and successful bassoon class.  Find out: 1) what he loves the most of teaching & coaching young people 2) the many career routes a student can now pursue in classical music 3) his approach in bringing out the best in his students 4) his main musical inspirations 5) what kind of reeds he uses 6) the reason why he retired from NDR Radiophilharmonie  7) his fondest memories of playing with NDR  8) how to approach stressful moments  9) the importance of self-management & self-talk 10) what he enjoys doing in his free time Join in his next masterclass at Starnberger Musiktage:  http://www.starnbergermusiktage.de Connect with Malte on FB: https://www.facebook.com/MalteRefardtBassoon/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malterefardtbassoon/
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January 17, 2019
Episode 4 - Paul Hanson
Episode 4 - Paul Hanson
   Paul is an award-winning jazz and fusion bassoonist with a unique musical voice. Podcast notes: 1) His musical background and him finding his calling in the bassoon 2) Despite his classical training and being told it was “a hard road ahead”, his love for improvisation shifted him seriously towards jazz, groove and funk 3) His love for spontaneity & improvisation  4) His practical tips on how to get better at improvisation 5) His personal set-up to play amplified bassoon 6) How he started working with Cirque du Soleil’s ZED and his time in Japan 7) His reflections on his career, about the high level of bassoon playing worldwide 8) Bassoon is not widely known for jazz & rhythmic playing 9) His main musical inspirations and favourite bands 10) Who he would like to collaborate with (living/dead) 11) One of his biggest career lessons 12) His upcoming projects  To find out more about Paul visit: http://paulhansonmusic.com Lessons on jazz bassoon: https://www.patreon.com/paulbassoon1 Useful tool for improvisation: https://irealpro.com
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January 06, 2019
Episode 3 - Roman Reznik
Episode 3 - Roman Reznik
On this episode I speak to Roman Reznik. Roman Reznik is the Co-principal bassoon of the Oslo Philharmonic, conductor and teacher. Podcast notes: 1) His musical beginnings 2) His musical inspirations 3) How he started conducting 4) His love for baroque music 5) His harp-bassoon duo with his wife 6) Tips on sound and getting ready for a studio recording 7) Type of reeds he uses 8) Upcoming projects and free time 9) Advice for young musicians Listen to his album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/baroque-masterpieces-for-bassoon-and-harp/1170160282
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September 20, 2018
Episode 2: Ole K. Dahl
Episode 2: Ole K. Dahl
Welcome to Episode 2 of Legends of Reed! I interviewed Ole K. Dahl recently. He is Professor of Bassoon at MuHo Mannheim and Guest Principal Bassoon in famous orchestras and ensembles. Due to his deep dedication and passion to teaching, Ole has been invited to give masterclasses all over the world. He is the co-author of the bassoon method book "Drills". In this episode, I find out why Ole published Drills, what we can expect in Drills 2.0, how he maintains such a successful bassoon studio and other interesting topics. To find out more about Ole, please visit his website: olekristiandahl.net
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July 17, 2018
Episode 1: Bram van Sambeek
Episode 1: Bram van Sambeek
On this pilot episode, I am thrilled to interview Bram van Sambeek. Known for his bold and innovative artistic and programming choices, find out why Bram chose to focus on chamber music, the nomination of his "Fagerlund & Aho Bassoon Concertos" album in the BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award, and more.  To find out more about Bram, visit his website: bramvansambeek.com Legends of Reed is an interview series by Jo Anne Sukumaran, for more information visit: joannesukumaran.com
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April 04, 2018