Posts for June 2010

June 24, 2010

Review: Akai EWI4000s wind controller

Akai EWI 4000s wind controller I recently got my hands on one of these: Believe me when I tell you that this is a seriously cool instrument. Even after hearing and reading a number of rave reviews of the Akai EWI 4000S, I was pleasantly surprised by its playability, responsiveness, and capacity for expression. In my opinion, this is a ...

June 13, 2010

Dan Willis in the West Side Story pit

Dan Willis Tip of the hat to Patty at oboeinsight for this one: EDIT: I originally had an embedded video here, of a CBS news interview with Broadway woodwind doubler Dan Willis. It appears the video is no longer available. You can read a text summary here, at least for the time being. Below is a picture ...

June 8, 2010

New York Times blog: Steve Gorn

The New York Times’s “Lens” blog did a nice piece on Steve Gorn, a woodwind doubler who has turned his primary focus to the bansuri (Indian bamboo flute). Surf on over to see a nice photo and hear audio of an interview/performance. (Both photo and audio feature Gorn’s soprano saxophone playing.) Steve Gorn on his beginnings ...

June 1, 2010

Confessions of a mail-order shopper

I’m not sure I can recall the last time I walked into a music store and bought something. I hear every so often that I should support local businesses and mom-and-pop shops, and I have to admit that this sounds vaguely like a responsible and virtuous thing to do. But here’s why I don’t—and can’t. ...
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