Think all classical musicians are old and dusty, playing sonatas in symphony halls somewhere? You haven’t met the musicians slated for this year’s Impulse Artist Series: The Alter Ego Season, a weeklong slate of concerts that will take place in various locations throughout the city. There’s Kris Becker, a pianist who’s played Carnegie Hall and who tours as a rock keyboardist and composes nu-classical music. He’s joined by fellow pianist and multimedia artist Phyllis Chen, who often performs the works of 20th-century composers on toy pianos, boom boxes and other nontraditional instruments. Suresh Singaratnam plays both classical and jazz trumpet. “He does ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ and all that,” says pianist/Impulse Artist Series executive director Jade Simmons, who organized the series. “But he does so much more as well.” And finally, there’s Brandee Younger, who plays the harp. “You think of that as an instrument for only classical music, but she makes the bulk of her living as a jazz and hip-hop musician.”


I might be older, but I am not dusty. I am now a bit grumpy, though. This is not the first thing I’ve read that disses older musicians.

Found at the site for Impulse Artist Series:

“Replacing the stuffy, staid collection of classical music dead guys in white wigs with fresh, young, cutting-edge musicians.”

Gee, I’ve YET to see any dead guys in white wigs play in any concerts I’ve been in. How ’bout you?

05. November 2010 · Comments Off on Shirley Verrett 1931-2010 · Categories: Losses

I have read two blogs that report of Ms. Verrett’s death. Wikipedia says she died on November 2, but these blog sources say she died today. No matter what, it’s a loss.

Read Online:

What Should I Do With My Oboe To Look Good On My College Resume?

05. November 2010 · Comments Off on Don’tcha Wish … · Categories: Reeds

You played Shehnai or Mizmar? Just saw this online:

Shehnai/Mizmar Double Reed Only, 4 Pack
List Price: $4.90
Price: $3.68


05. November 2010 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

I am a hermit crab playing oboe at the bottom of the ocean

05. November 2010 · Comments Off on BachTrac™ · Categories: BachTrac™

Bach on harmonica:

So is this how all of you do this? (I just take my oboe in to be serviced.)

Part 1:

Part II:

05. November 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

The beginning of “Look Up” by Stars is totally a sped up recording of the oboe solo from the 3rd movement of Symphony Fantastique. Sweeet.

… I had to check this out, of course: