25. May 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: Oboe

Have any of you ever heard of the Tempest oboe? (Weird name, in my little opinion.) I’ve never heard of it, but I’d be willing to give it a try, since it’s only $1595.00. I’ve yet to find anything at that price that I’d recommend. Maybe they’ll send me one to review here, eh?

I’m always leery of a company that makes so many instruments. I see these at their site: clarinet, euphonium, flute, French horn, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, tuba, violin, oboe, bassoon, guitarron, and vihuela. Um. Okay.

25. May 2011 · Comments Off on Mozart All Jazzed Up · Categories: MozartMusicMatters™

The BurgstallerMartignon4 are Joe Burgstaller (trumpets), Hector Martignon (piano), Hans Glawischnig (bass) and John Ferrari (percussion). Formed in 2005, they creatively mix together jazz and classical music.

25. May 2011 · Comments Off on This is it … · Categories: Announcements

we are up against the wall. We are behind on votes. But we continue to hope ….


25. May 2011 · Comments Off on FBQD · Categories: FBQD

Today was amazing. (me sleeping while band is playing.* Startled awake*) Me: oh! Bad Oboe woke me up!

25. May 2011 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: For Your Listening Enjoyment

Andrea Strappa, Esercizi per il ring, nr. 2 “Estro”
Andrea Gallo, oboe
Andrea Strappa, piano

25. May 2011 · Comments Off on WorldReeds™: Gayda · Categories: WorldReeds™ · Tags: ,

This is a single reed, Bulgarian bagpipe.

25. May 2011 · Comments Off on Irene Dalis Vocal Competition On SFCV · Categories: Reviews

There’s a very nice write up on San Francisco Classical Voice about the competition. My friend and fab singer Jouvanca gets a lovely mention:

And then there was Jouvanca Jean-Babtiste. None of the contestants had more personality, more expression, particularly as Electra singing “Oreste, d’Ajace.” If Halmic’s Electra was sensual and desperate, Jean-Babtiste’s was pure psychopath. She was riveting.

Woo hoo Jouvanca! (Sorry about the misspelling, though!)

25. May 2011 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

I don’t even have an oboe. I have to use the english horn. And only when I have a lessoon.