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Vlogcast Ep. 15 - Vince Tampio

Arranger, composer, producer, engineer, and teacher based in Philadelphia, Vince Tampio I discuss his Album ADULT CHILDREN, his interest in unique instruments, and how he keeps himself upbeat and motivated “Basically he’s the go-to cross-genre horn-blowing utility man of the Philly scene” (John Vettese, WXPN’s The Key). Vince Tampio is a professional musician, arranger, composer, producer, engineer, and teacher based in Philadelphia, PA. Although firmly rooted in jazz, he is comfortable with a wide variety of genres including rock, soul, funk, folk, classical, and electronic. Vince’s original music has been described as “a contemporary instance of fusion done right,” and whose “nontraditional instrumentation maintains a spacious environment that proves ideal for a set brimming with imaginative, drawn-out improvisation” (Matthew Aquilin, All About Jazz). His latest album, Adult Children (2020), is a full length instrumental jazz album informed by Hard Bop and inspired by Highlife. “[Vince has] an approach that is more soulful, yet laid back in a way. The influence of Latin music adds more fuel to the fire.” (Homer Jackson, Philadelphia Jazz Project). Adult Children is preceded by Tides (2019), The Nook (2018), and Sound Plan (2017). Vince has contributed to 75+ music and film productions. He arranges for and frequently performs with York Street Hustle (trumpet), You Do You (trumpet), and the John Byrne Band (trumpet, banjo). Vince founded the Philly Phatness horn section, which has recorded with regional, national, and international artists. He also serves as Musical Director and bassist with Phloyd – A Pink Floyd Tribute. "His horn croons and wahs with touches of funk or blues, bridging the futuristic digital age with a snazzy sense of classic cool" (Geno Thackara, All About Jazz).Vince authored and published Chromatic Cell Permutations for Trumpet, a technical studies book that explores permutations of chromatic cells as performed on trumpet. Vince earned the Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts; and earned the Bachelor of Science in Music degree concentrating in Jazz Studies and Theory & Composition from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. He studied trumpet under John Swana, Rebecca Coupe Franks, and John Maguda, and studied composition under Don Glanden, Evan Solot, John B Hedges, and Vinnie Martucci. Follow Vince What He's Reading 📖The Drums of Vodou by Lois Wilcken 📖The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music by Victor L. Wooten PLEASE NOTE: due to technical issues only the audio of this episode is available. Follow me

Vlogcast Ep. 14 - Claire Jones

International Harpist, composer, arranger, educator, and wife of Chris Marshall Claire Jones. The former Royal Harpist and I discuss her upcoming projects, a few of her favorite things, and How she stays on top of her artistic game. Britain’s best-selling classical harpist, Claire Jones was born in Wales. Following her appointment as Official Harpist to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (2007-11), she became a household name for her esteemed performance at the Royal Wedding for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Solo career highlights include solo and concerto appearances with the World’s top orchestras and artists such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir James Galway; Maestro Gergiev, Joshua Bell, Renee Fleming, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Bryn Terfel, and Alfie Bow to name only a few. She has performed prestigious recitals at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall (London), Capitol Hill (USA), City Hall (Hong Kong), International Harp Festival (Brazil) and at the Millennium Stadium for an audience of 75,000.
Claire is no stranger to the classical charts with her albums ‘Girl With The Golden Harp’, ‘Journey’, 'Highgrove Suite', and ’This Love’ reaching the top of the classical charts. Claire is a firm favorite on Classic FM playlists, and her albums have been released worldwide.
Claire has a first class BMus (hons) degree from The Royal College of Music and studied as an MA (Scholar) at the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2016 she was awarded an Honorary Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music London for her significant contribution to her profession and is an international ambassador for jewelry company, Clogau. Follow Chris What she's Readding 📖Becoming by Michelle Obama Follow me

Vlogcast Ep. 13 - Chris Marshall

Chris and I discuss his current and future projects, how he manages teaching in the US and UK. We also discuss how his focus on health and fitness contributes to his success. Chris Marshall from Cardiff has performed extensively as a percussionist specializing in World music, he has appeared and recorded with many prestigious orchestras and artists, and has performed on numerous productions in London’s Westend. Chris balances his performance schedule with his flourishing career as a composer and arranger. His growing portfolio of compositions, includes the music for Heartstrings (no 1 download on iTunes) which was recorded for Classic FM/Decca in 2012 and was featured on Claire Jones’ album - Girl With The Golden Harp. Chris has composed Bluestone and arranged many tracks on Claire’s chart-topping album Journey. In addition, Chris has composed music for TV adverts including a track for Clogau, shown internationally, and for ‘Fishermans Friends’ currently shown in the USA. He is working on the next TV advert for Clogau to be released later in the year. In 2017 he was commissioned to arrange and conduct a new album with the Portuguese singer sensation, Yolanda Soares, with whom he has performed recently at the Tivoli Theatre Lisbon and Colisseum in Porto. He has also been commissioned by the American Youth Harp Ensemble and choir to compose a special set of works which will be premiered on PBS television in the USA and at Carnegie Hall in 2020. His career highlights as a percussionist include appearing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, London Mozart Players, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Chris has also worked on many productions in London's Westend and international touring shows in the UK and China, these include; We Will Rock You, Wizard of Oz, Zorro, Carousel, West Side Story, Evita, Love Beyond, Big, and Elf the Musical. Chris has a passion for playing instruments from all around the world, and it has resulted in seeing him perform on numerous recording sessions for TV and film. He also performs as part of C2 duet with his wife, and former Official Harpist to HRH Prince Charles - Claire Jones. This unique duo has traveled extensively throughout the UK and in the USA. Follow Chris What he's Readding 📖 Truth Fath and Allegiance - Tom Clancy 📖 The Wim Hof Method Follow me

Vlogcast Ep. 12 - Standford Thompson

Standford and I discuss his current and future projects, and the importance of being able to pivot in our current climate. Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA, bringing music education to students in underserved areas throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Recognized as a TED Fellow, Stanford believes that music education is a powerful tool for positive personal and community change. Mr. Thompson serves on the faculty of the Global Leaders Program and regularly presents at major universities and music conservatories about leadership, entrepreneurship, and social justice. As a consultant, he has guided the development of dozens of music programs across the United States and collaborated with major orchestras, higher education institutions, and arts organizations to develop new strategies and initiatives that help provide equitable access to the arts. As a professional trumpeter, Stanford has performed as a soloist and member with major orchestras around the world and continues to perform chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA, a graduate of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program, and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program. Follow Standford What he's Readding 📖 Barack Obama: A Promised Land Follow me

Vlogcast Ep. 11 - Riza & Marcus Printup

This power couple and I discuss the magic of music, the importance of legacy, and connecting youth with their cultural roots through music. Watch till the end for a musical treat Riza Printup has recorded with acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter and husband Marcus Printup Gentle Rain (2020), Desire (2013), A Time For Love (2011), Ballads All Night (2010), and Bird of Paradise (2007); Grammy nominated pianist and composer Kenny Werner No Beginning, No End; and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Chick Corea and the music of Mr. Corea. Ms. Printup has performed with the likes of the late great American jazz saxophonist and flautist, Frank Wess (featuring the music of legendary jazz harpist, Dorothy Ashby); virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jookin dance master Lil Buck (Saint-Saëns's classic 'Le Cygn’ for harp and cello); Lady Gaga (Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute); and has been featured with Paquito D'Rivera in his presentations of Charlie Parker's classic, Bird With Strings at Jazz At Lincoln Center. In 2014, Riza joined world renown soprano, Kathleen Battle in Ms. Battle's presentation of 'Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey' at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA and at Ms. Battle's magnificent return to the Metropolitan Opera House (2016). Ms. Printup began her undergraduate studies as a classical harpist at the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN under the instruction of Susan McDonald and in time pursued studies in jazz with Professor of Jazz, David Baker. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Music from Columbia College, Chicago, IL where she continued her studies in jazz. She later completed coursework toward a Master of Music from Georgia State University's School of Music under the tutelage of Elisabeth Remy Johnson. Other instructors include Dominique Piana, Linda Wood, Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, Deborah Henson-Conant, Stella Castellucci. Her passion for education has taken her further to author her first two children's books (Theodore and Hazel and the Bird and The Great Big Spider & The Waterspout Blues) and develop I Have A Song Inside My Heart™, a program and curriculum for early childhood and the K-5 General Music classroom. Her curriculum is now in elementary schools across the USA. In September of 2019, The Printups founded RiMarcable Music For Arts & Education, a 501c3 non-profit organization to advance their commitment to outreach. The Printups created RiMarcable Publications LLC through which they publish their children's books, arrangements and originals for solo harp, big band and jazz combos. Marcus Printup attended Georgia State University, then transferred to the University of North Florida on a music scholarship. It was during his studies at UNF that he competed and won the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Competition. Mr. Printup's life would change when he met his mentor and friend-to-be, the incomparable pianist Marcus Roberts. Mr. Roberts introduced him to world-renowned trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis which in time led to the invitation to join the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in 1993. Since then, Marcus has established and held third chair in the trumpet section and contributes regularly to the orchestra as an arranger and composer.
Among many others, Mr. Printup has performed/recorded with Betty Carter (an inductee into Ms. Carter's first Jazz Ahead class in 1994), Dianne Reeves, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Wycliffe Gordon, and Marcus Roberts. Mr. Printup has led multiple recordings on several major record jazz labels:
Blue Note Records, Nagel Heyer Records, and Steeplechase Records

Mr. Printup is sought out internationally as an educator. He is involved with programs such as JALC's Essentially Ellington Competition, The International Trumpet Guild, Montclair State University and Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center.
Among many accolades, Mr. Printup is proud to have been granted a proclamation (2005) declaring August Twenty-Second as Marcus Printup Day in his home town of Conyers, Georgia. Join their Holiday Pajama Jam on their Facebook Page Dec 25th between 9 and 10am Follow Marcus Follow Riza Follow me

Happy Musician Gift Guide

Musicians always need something, from electronics to instrument care. So I scoured the internet and my own studio and came with a little gift guide. Don't worry I've included fun stuff too' The Musicians Way: This is a great book especially since we have so much more time to practice now. This book is broken into three sections: Section one focuses on how to build a productive practice routine and memorize. Section two is all about live performance and bringing the best energy to each show. For those giving virtual performance everything in here still applies. Section three is about doing both of those things for a long time, both from a physical perspective and a creative one. The Emart Ring Light: I love this baby, This colossal light has all the bells and whistles, but its super light, easy to travel with, and pack away. My house is bright, it contends very well with the sunlight. Anytime you want to record, broadcast, or use zoom, your lighting will be on point. Upcycled Record Coasters: Made of labels cut from the center of actual vinyl records, these hi-fi home furnishings will be a hit with any music lover. The discs are sealed so moisture won't seep through to the surface. Comes in a set of six assorted labels packed in a clear, round case. Designed by Jeff Davis. Handmade in Philadelphia. Tablet tripod: This fits my Windows surface, and I pad Pro and standard size tablets. This little guy is durable and super telescoping. Mine is in constant use. I have to say it's very durable. Samson Go Mic: This little guy is great for zoom calls and recording. I also appreciate the quality of sound when I'm outside. Bonus it is attached to a very strong clip. I clip it to my music stand and my laptop. Periodic Table of Hip Hop: Class is in session for our latest lesson on the essential elements of hip-hop! Produced in conjunction with A3C, hip-hop's biggest stage, this tabular arrangement of eminent MCs catalogs 223 naturally occurring, never-word-slurring artists in all, from N(as) and (Dr) Dre to (Mf) Doom and (A$)AP Rocky to (D)rake and Snoop D-O-(gg). Miroco Cool Mist Humidifier: Some musicians need humidifiers. Especially if we live in a dry climate. I like the compact design of this guy. I don't have a large studio and not only does fit perfectly but it has a sweet night light. I do have to fill it every 2 days but you can upgrade the 2 gallon, and you can go as long as 4 days before it needs a refill. Musicians Dice: The Musician’s Dice are a creative tool that can be used in any number of ways: they bring the element of chance into the musical process. They can be used in composing or as a basis for improvisation. They also make an effective study tool: they can be used as “musical flashcards” when learning harmony, and their randomness makes for fresh and challenging exercise in sight-singing and ear training. Purpose in Practice Journal: is a six-month daily practice journal designed to help musicians grow and improve in the practice room. Appropriate for any musician at any level, this book is equipped with inspirational quotes and weekly practice tips to stay motivated. This journal is sure to improve any musician’s practice time, push them towards reaching their musical ambitions, and create tangible proof of their unique journey and growth as a musician. Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping! - Candace

A Moment Like This

I'm wrapping up lessons with students this week and some of my students share with me what they are doing for Thanksgiving this year. After one of my students was done sharing their dad popped onto the screen and took the computer and went outside. He wanted to take a moment to give me his heartfelt thanks. Of course, I said thank you don't mention it, but he really wanted me to know how much it meant to him and his wife that through the pandemic I continued to work with his children. He shared how much of a struggle it's been, and that he believes piano lessons are keeping his kids from regressing. You see, both the students have special needs, and virtual learning has been particularly difficult for children with special needs. I had to get creative real quick. I was concerned that virtual lessons would not work and that my creativity might not be enough. I'll be honest Lessons did get tough, and I started to feel like I was failing my students. Listening to this parent go on for 10 mins about how grateful he was, and how happy his kids are playing piano, to the point that they fight over who's going to practice. It was really hard to not get choked up. Just like I didn't realize how much piano lessons meant to him, He didn't know how much I appreciated what he was sharing with me. In a moment like this, all my concerns and wondering if I was doing enough, melt away. It made me feel good. It made me think I might actually know a little bit about this teaching thing after all. His words also boosted my confidence and have motivated me to keep being creative with lessons. Sharing gratefulness really is a powerful thing. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to tell you I am grateful to you, I'm grateful that you read my blogs, watch my vlogs, and subscribe. I want to help you be the musician you want to be. I'm Thankful that you give me the opportunity to help you do that. Stay safe, stay well, stay happy, and have a Happy Thanksgiving - Candace

Vlogcast Ep. 10 - Jane Beament

Jane and I talk about how she keeps happiness in her art, and the challenges and freedoms in premiering new music. British pianist Jane Beament has an international reputation as a C20th music specialist. She has had many pieces written for her and has premiered many more. Having lived in Philadelphia (US) and Istanbul (Turkey) Jane is now based in London where she is a Staff Accompanist at the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has a thriving teaching practice. Jane has a longstanding duo partnership with the Philadelphian violinist, Timothy Schwarz. The Anglo-American Duo specializes in American and British repertoire. They have performed extensively in Europe (Italy, Greece, Hungary, Austria) and throughout the UK and America. They have broadcast on Radio Libera Tutti and Vatican Radio in Italy and on WFLN (NPR) and WHFC in America. Their CD, Anthems after Prometheus’ on Albany Records, features music by David Osbon who also happens to be her husband and was acclaimed in Fanfare magazine: The Anglo-American Duo exhibit their solid technique and imbue it with great sensitivity. Anthems After Prometheus is an excellent collection of David Osbon’s fascinating compositions played by musicians of great virtuosity’+ What Jane is Reading 📖 " Beethoven: A life in 9 Pieces" by Laura Tunbridge 📖 "NW" by Zadie Smith Follow Jane Follow me

Vlogcast Ep. 9 - Colton Weatherston

Colton and I discuss the joy of being apart of a music community and the importance of sharing the legacy of music with young people. Colton Weatherston is a composer/musician/singer based in Philadelphia, PA. He teaches Podcasting and Voice-Over at Temple University in the Klein College of Communication, MSP (Media Studies and Production). He holds degrees from University of Southern California, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan. As a creative artist, Colton works in a variety of industries which combine Media, Voice, Performance, and Education. He has numerous credits in Film and Television, notably scoring the TruTV series “Adam Ruins Everything” with lead composer Leo Birenberg, as well as Dax Shepard’s 2012 near miss “Hit and Run”, and several Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies. Apart from orchestral scoring, Colton specializes in “automotive” music, contributing heavy guitar riffs, Spanish flamenco, and smooth country acoustic strumming for dozens of vehicle reveals and advertising previews for both Ford and GM, most recently at the New York Auto Show. His interest in advertising music led him to a sideline career in Voice Over work, notably for, a leader in the Podcasting space. This led to a work narrating an audiobook, “She Wakes” by Jack Ketchum available on Amazon. Throughout, he maintains a weekly performance schedule with his jazz trio at the Walnut Street Cafe, and in 2017 received a prestigious Jazz composition grant from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The variety of work he has done speaks to the opportunities provided in the Media Industry to deliver creative content over global networks, all from a home studio environment. Beyond the technology, his favorite work remains writing for orchestra, searching for new sounds within the classic configuration of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. What Colton is Reading 📖 "Call of the Wild" Children's Edition by Jack London 📖 "Mo'Meta Blues" by Quest Love Follow Colton Follow me

Vlogcast Ep. 8 - Grace Cloutier

I talk to Virtuoso Harpist Grace Cloutier about sharing her music through "Mondays with Grace" and working on her next album keeps her inspired and happy while caring for her mother with Alzheimer's. Hailed as “an accomplished, poised, self-assured performer” (New York Concert Review) with “breadth of expression and remarkable tone” (Choral Journal), and "scintillating harp wizardry" (Delos Records). virtuoso harpist Grace Cloutier trained at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and in France.  She gave her solo Carnegie Hall début recital in 2006, an encore solo recital in 2008, and a “Grace and Friends” concert there in 2014.  Grace was a quarter finalist at the Israel International Harp Contest (2001) and has performed for audiences across North America, Europe, and the Middle East, regularly performing for the American Harp Society, the World Harp Congress, the Ukrainian National Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, and in Lincoln Center.  She co-founded Ukraine’s International Harp Competition (now entitled Glowing Harp), where she served as head juror of a panel comprised of musicians from Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. As a chamber musician, Grace performs with David Enlow,  Jessica Meyer, Rebecca Ringle Kamarei (of The Metropolitan Opera), and co-founded Etherea Vocal Ensemble.  She has also appeared with Constantine Orbelian and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Calder String Quartet, and many others. A dedicated teacher, Grace regularly gives master classes throughout North America and has held multiple residencies at UCLA and served on the faculty at The University of Texas, The Hartt School, Quinnipiac University, and currently is Head of the Harp Department at Trinity College. What Grace is Reading 📖 "Codependent No More by” Melody Beattie 📺 Watch Mondays with Grace Follow Grace Follow me

Vlogcast Ep. 7 - Rajli Bicolli

My guest for this vlogcast is Cellist, Rajli (Riley) Bicolli. Rajli and I discuss being a new dad, his innovative spirit, and how bringing music to Philadelphia residents brings him happiness. Rajli Bicolli, Founder/Owner of Elegance String Quartet, has made his career in the special events industry since 2010 and has crafted a unique sound that distinguishes his ensemble among the modern string quartets. Raised in a family of musicians, he earned his Master’s in cello performance and soon after founded the ensemble that would become ESQ. What began as a hobby of arranging modern songs for classical instruments became the quartet’s trademark. Their unique style and sound have earned them a reputation as one of the most sought-after ensembles in the tri-state area and beyond: recent engagements include special commissions for Comic Con, Musikfest in Bethlehem, and an invitation to perform at Google’s Headquarters in Silicon Valley, CA. Rajli’s ingenuity lead him to develop JukeTune, a digital jukebox app that allows event guests to engage with the band by making requests. Rajli’s relationship with his clients, commitment to excellence, and innovative approach has garnered rave reviews; his ability to foster a creative and enjoyable work environment has allowed him to build a consistent roster of some of Philadelphia’s best musicians. Rajli Bicolli, is the Founder/Owner of Elegance String Quartet, has made his career in the special events industry since 2010 and has crafted a unique sound that distinguishes his ensemble among the modern string quartets. Raised in a family of musicians, he earned his Master’s in cello performance and soon after founded the ensemble that would become ESQ. What began as a hobby of arranging modern songs for classical instruments became the quartet’s trademark. Their unique style and sound have earned them a reputation as one of the most sought-after ensembles in the tri-state area and beyond: recent engagements include special commissions for Comic Con, Musikfest in Bethlehem, and an invitation to perform at Google’s Headquarters in Silicon Valley, CA. Rajli’s ingenuity lead him to develop JukeTune, a digital jukebox app that allows event guests to engage with the band by making requests. Rajli’s relationship with his clients, commitment to excellence, and innovative approach have garnered rave reviews; his ability to foster a creative and enjoyable work environment has allowed him to build a consistent roster of some of Philadelphia’s best musicians. What Rajli's Reading 📖 "The Rubaiyat” - Omar Khayyam 📖 "The Stranger"- Albert Camus Check out Rajlis App for gigging musicians and DJ's - Juke Tune Follow Rajli and the Elegance Quartet Follow me

3 Pros (and Cons) to Compartmentalizing

Psychology defines compartmentalization as a coping strategy. Put simply, it’s how our minds deal with conflicting internal standpoints simultaneously. For example, most people compartmentalize their lives Work, home, and Family, to help mentally organize daily tasks. I believe having the ability to compartmentalize is necessary to be a happy and successful musician. But, there are some pitfalls that we should look out for. 1.) Having the ability to sort things out and disconnect temporarily keeps stress and anxiety at lower levels. It allows us to work well in high-pressure situations, particularly if something negative occurs. One thing I think we forget to do is, go back and unpack the compartment so we can deal with what's inside properly. For Example, you have a performance, and just before it, you have an argument with a sibling. Even if you can't speak to the sibling it's important and necessary to understand what happened and make a realistic plan to deal with it. situation the next time you sit to practice or perform, the situation is not festering and becoming a distraction. 2.) We use compartmentalizing as a way to keep an open mind and make ourselves available to connect with new people. If not checked, it can result in the opposite and we can unintentionally ostracize ourselves. You may come off as emotionally unavailable or unapproachable. I have made this mistake. There were times that I was so focused on the professional aspect of being a musician, that I came off cold and "arrogant". The other musicians didn't make an effort to get make a connection with me. 3.) We flex this muscle a lot when we are dealing with rejection or temporary set back. Compartmentalizing is what allows us to keep moving forward in the face of adversity. You may find comfort in going along with your daily routine. I can tell you from experience not taking time to understand what happened and learn from it, not only will stunt your musical growth but, also your personal growth. One action I take to healthy compartmentalize is to write it down on a post-it. Sometimes it's just one word. It reminds me to open the lid and deal with the subject(s) inside. This allows me to move forward with a clearer head. We all deal with the world by compartmentalizing but keeping the containers accessible will help you be a successful musician. What’s your experience with compartmentalization, and your suggestions for finding a balance?

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