Posts for April 2010

April 30, 2010

Oboist on the Supreme Court? part II

I posted last week about Diane Wood, the federal judge and oboist who is a candidate to fill a soon-to-be vacant seat on the US Supreme Court. (Unsurprisingly, Patty Mitchell, prolific blogger and online curator of all things oboe-related, also picked up the story.) Yesterday the LA Times ran an op-ed by Meghan Daum, herself ...

April 20, 2010

Oboist on the Supreme Court?

Judge Diane Wood, oboist Federal judge and oboist Diane Wood is reportedly under consideration to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Wood has demonstrated a willingness to challenge her fellow jurists without offending, say lawyers and clerks who have observed her in court. Those attributes may be an asset as President Barack Obama considers her to replace retiring Justice John ...

April 17, 2010

Vadala doubling book review

I spotted this new review of Chris Vadala’s Improve Your Doubling: Advanced Studies for Doublers on Featured Book: Improve Your Doubling: Advanced Studies for Doublers I reviewed the book myself a couple of years back. The review is by Peter Westbrook. He gives some nice perspective on woodwind doubling: The practice grew out ...

April 13, 2010

Vinny Golia review

Clarinetist David Thomas quoted from the article below on his excellent blog The Buzzing Reed earlier today, and I thought it was worth passing along. There is some fun description of amazing woodwind doubler Vinny Golia doing his thing. Spring Reverb: Golia/Turetzy; Dana Reason Trio by Christian Hertzog, The first set was devoted to ...

April 13, 2010

Raphael Sanders: Doubling the clarinets

A few tips on doubling on various sizes of clarinets, from Raphael Sanders, clarinet professor at SUNY Potsdam.

April 10, 2010

Dubious pedagogy alert: woodwind vibrato

I think there is a lot of garbage in the way woodwind vibrato—specifically flute and double reed vibrato—is taught. Flutists, oboists, and bassoonists use the same basic physiological mechanism to produce vibrato. I often read or hear debates over what, exactly, this mechanism is, with some arguing fervently that it is the “diaphragm,” and others ...

April 1, 2010

New endorsement deal

I am pleased to announce that, after several weeks of exciting and productive talks, I have signed on for an endorsement and development deal with an up-and-coming reed manufacturer. Here’s the official press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2010 Bret Pimentel Signs On As First FLAVOREEDS™ Artist FORT WAYNE, Indiana.—FLAVOREEDS™ Flavored Clarinet and Saxophone ...
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