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1  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #3 on: June 14, 2010, 12:03:18 pm
For the last critique of the semester we listened to three pieces. Piece number one was “New Shoes” written by Marc Russo and Russell Ferante but performed by the Yellow Jackets. The second piece was “Portrait of Tracy” written and performed by Jaco Pastorious and the last piece was “Latin Dance” written by Bob Mintzer and performed by Bob Mintzer and his Big Band. In the piece “New Shoes” the drumbeat in the beginning was a type of beat that I have not heard before in any other song. The song itself though has a sort of funk feel to it. When the saxophone came in to do the solo he did a nice job with his solo really matching the solo to the song. The rhythm section did a nice job in keeping the funk feel throughout the song. This song faintly reminds me of Maynard Ferguson’s version of “Birdland”.  In this song there is a tonal center so it cannot be classified as atonal. The sax player loses my interest towards the end of the song and the only things keeping me interested were the keyboard and bass.  This song though does sound like someone is excited because they have received new shoes. The next song to be played was “Portrait of Tracy” and based on the song I think Tracy was a very boring women because this song was very bland and repetoyive. There is not very much variation within this song. The last song to be played was “Latin Dance” and this song was interesting but I think that the trumpets are a little overpowering.
2  The Lectern / MUL 2380 Q&A / Midterm on: June 01, 2010, 10:31:42 am
After the midterm are we free to go, or will class resume when every one is finished?
3  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #2 on: May 24, 2010, 12:47:36 pm
In the second concert of the year there were five pieces performed by five different artists. The first piece performed was called “Billie’s Bounce” written by Charlie parker and performed by Charlie Parker on alto-sax and Miles Davis on trumpet. This song went straight into the swing feel; there was not a silly little introduction like in most songs. The bass give a basso continuo, never once did I hear the bass line disappear, just like the bass was continuous so was the hi-hat. The drummer did not stop playing the typical hi-hat pattern for the swing era. I thought the sax player took way to long with his solo and I was a little bored towards the end of the solo. I also thought that Miles Davis did not do a good job in following Charlie Parker. Parker had a nice smooth sound throughout his solo but when Miles began to play I felt like if his solo was broken. The band as a whole had a nice sound but the ending of the piece was abrupt and left me with a bad feeling. The second song to be performed was “Stormy Weather” written by Harold Arlen and sang by Billie Holiday. This Song was not a favorite of mine and I did not really enjoy it. The third piece to be performed was “Manteca” written by Dizzy Gillespie and arranged by Mike Carubia. In this song I felt like if the trumpets overpowered the band and did not understand the concept of playing with a band. The fourth piece to be performed was “Rocks in my Bed” written by Duke Ellington, with Ivy Anderson as the vocalist. In this song I could hear the “Cruella De Vil” theme song from the Disney movie “101 Dalmatians”.  The last song to be performed was “Mumbles” written by Clark Terry, and performed by Oscar Peterson on the piano and vocals. The beginning of the song reminds me of another Disney theme song; this time from the movie “Toy Story” I heard the beginning of “You’ve got a friend in me”. This song was extremely difficult to understand. Cool
4  In-Class Critiques / MUL2380 / Re: In-Class Critique #1 on: May 14, 2010, 10:55:08 pm
Tonight I attended a concert in Mr. Wuttke’s class. The concert consisted of three pieces, these pieces were “Cotton Tail”, written by Duke Ellington and performed by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. The second piece performed was “Georgia on my Mind” written by Hoagy Carmichael and arranged by Sammy Nestico. This song was performed by the Killian High School Jazz Band in which the soloist was Larissa Lockett on alto saxophone. That last song to be performed was the “Black Bottom Stomp” written by Jelly Roll Morton and it was arranged by Fred Sturm.  This song was performed by the Miami Saxophone Quartet; the performers were Gary Keller on soprano sax, Gary Lindsay on alto sax, Ed Calle on tenor sax and Mike Brignola on baritone sax. The first song in this three song concert was “cotton tail”, the form of this song can be defines as AABA.  This songs tempo is very quick keeping the listener interested in the song. This song had a very nice swing feel to it and the sax player strengthened the grove with his improvisation solo. The next song to be performed was “Georgia on my Mind” and in the introduction to the song the saxophone player had a nice vibrato sound that felt like if I was being surrounding by the music. The sax player, Larissa Lockett, had a nice improvisation in which she was doing it without any accompaniment. This sax player played almost throughout the entire song with a centered tone. Never once did this musician’s tone fall flat or go sharp; the bass did a good job in keeping the tempo for the sax player. Although, the drums could play louder in this song because I could barely hear them. This song made me feel like if a professional band was playing it not a high school jazz band. The last song “Black Bottom Stomp” was a song that I believe is perfect for performing clowns. I did not really like this song.
5  In-Class Critiques / Classical Concert Critiques / Re: Faculty Guitar Recital 11/24 on: November 30, 2009, 08:29:12 pm
     I attended the Faculty Guitar Concert at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus on Tuesday November 24 at 7:30 p.m. the performers in this concert were Mitch Farber, Tom Lippincott, Carlos Molina, Andy Poltarack, Juan Carlos Vera, Matt Bonelli, Jonathan Dadurka, Rafael Valencia and Jack Ciano.  There were seven pieces that were performed all by different people. Mr. Poltarack performed the piece “Fools Rush In” as a solo and Tom Lippincott performed “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” as a solo as well. I sat through most of this concert wondering at what time it was going to finish. I have to say that this was not one of the best performances that I have ever seen; I watched my high school guitar ensemble and thought that their show was better than this one. There were one or two songs that I enjoyed out of the entire show. These songs were “EL Maravillo” performed by Carlos Molina. This song made me think about an old Spanish folk tune; a song in which the women would wear long dresses and the men a long sleeve shirt and pants and a straw hat. It reminded me of the songs that are performed in Nicaragua during “EL Palo Mayo” which is a celebration. This song was very well articulated and there was one solid dynamic throughout the entire song. The other song that I liked was “Fools Rush In” performed by Sandy Poltarack. This song was very well articulated and the melody was very sweet and that just filled me with emotion.  The other songs were just pretty lame, I mean some of them the introduction grabbed my attention but the song never really developed into anything else.  Most of the songs that were performed sounded like the type of songs that my grandparents would listen to and enjoy. I could picture my grandfather listening to all of this music on a record player while sitting outside smoking a cigar. It was just that type of music. It may just be that I am going to the wrong concerts and keep getting music that is not very interesting to listen to. Although I know that my opinion was shared by a friend of mine that I took to the concert. We both agreed that whoever the person is that coordinates these concerts needs to program music that is more likely to attract people from our age group. Maybe if they played some music from like famous movies the concerts may be more enjoyable.
6  In-Class Critiques / Classical Concert Critiques / Re: MDC Faculty Woodwind Quintet 10/29 on: October 30, 2009, 11:09:07 pm
I attended the Faculty Woodwind Quintet concert held at McCarthy auditorium on October 29th at 7:30p.m. There were the five main performers, Suzan Degooyer on Flute, Lori Patrick on Oboe, Jay Brown on Clarinet, Marjorie Hahn on French Horn and Rodester Brandon on Bassoon; as well as some guest performers in the second tune. There were four works that were played by different composers. There was a piece by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Claude Bolling, Eric Ewazen and Farkas Ferenc.  The first piece performed was by Mozart, it is titled “Quintet for Piano and Winds in Eb Major”. In this piece there were three different movements. In the first movement, “Largo-Allegro moderato”, I thought that the dynamics could have been a little more exaggerated.  A difference in dynamics could be heard but not a huge one. Although there was a section with in the music in which the oboe had a melody and the bassoon had the counter melody which I though was executed very well. The second movement, “Larghetto”, the French Hornist had a solo in which the articulation was clean and it really helped the development of the second movement. As well, the clarinetist and oboist had an exceptional call and response. Also what I noticed was that this movement had some word painting; as the notes ascended so did the volume of the piece.  In the final movement of this piece, “Allegretto”, the winds and pianist both articulated cleanly throughout the entire movement. The oboist performed her solo cleanly but I did not think the same about the solo that the bassoonist had. The second piece of music that was performed at the concert was called “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano” by Claude Bolling and arranged for Piano and Wind Quintet by Rafael Valencia. This was the piece in which the guest performers appeared in. they were Brownen Rutter on Piano, Don Wilner on String Bass, and Chad Patrick on drums. This piece has seven movements but the musicians only performed the first movement titled “Baroque and Blue.” In this movement the flute had a strong entrance with a good accompaniment from the piano. In this movement it was clear to distinguish section “A” from section “B”. Section A consisted of a flute and piano soli followed by an answer from the winds and the rhythm section, while section B consisted of a piano solo accompanied by the rhythm section. There was a constant battle between the flute and piano as well as with in the winds. There was always a constant call and response between the different instruments in this movement. Overall this piece was a little more enjoyable than any other piece performed at the concert. The third piece performed at this concert was “Roaring Fork” composed by Eric Swazen. This is a multi-movement piece, but once again the musicians only performed the first movement. The name of the first movement is “Whitewater Rapids”, and in this piece the music was accompanied by photographs, by Todd Patrick, of Aspen, Colorado. The pictures along with the music helped the listener to connect the music to something tangible. The way this piece was performed made me think about the chaos of nature but at the same time the tranquility. It was an enjoyable piece to listen as well as to watch. There was actually a section within the piece that reminded me of the song “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney movie Pocahontas. The final piece of this concert was titled “Serenade for Wind Quintet” composed by Farkas Ferenc.  There were three movements in this piece and it was the last movement, “Saltarello: Allegro vivace” that caught my attention. This piece made me visualize a group of people dancing in a folklorist style. It was interesting because the explanation given before the piece was performed was about how the composer would incorporate his Hungarian folklore into this piece.  Overall the concert was fairly enjoyable and it was a good experience.
7  The Lectern / MUL 1010 Q&A / Question on the Bee Gees on: September 27, 2009, 08:50:17 pm
In the song "Night Fever" what is the instrument that they use to make the "wakakakakakakaka" type sound in the background Huh Thank You for your help.
8  The Lectern / MUL 1010 Q&A / The painting by Raphael in the Vatican on: September 22, 2009, 05:08:11 pm

Thats the link, i found it on wikipedia.

If you notice it carefully, Michelangelo is on the floor with his head resting on his hand in a purple shirt, Leonardo is the center of the picture and if im not mistaken Donatello is next to him and last but not least if you focus all the way to the right hand side by the post there are a group of men and Raphael is the one looking straight at you. Next to the guy in the white.
9  General Discussion / Pearls Before Breakfast / Re: Pearls Before Breakfast on: September 03, 2009, 11:00:30 pm
Personally I usually stay and watch any type of performer. I remember about a couple years ago I flew to New York City and went to Ground Zero. There was this homeless guy playing a flute. I stood there and listened for a good while, he was playing Lee Greenwood's "I'm Proud to Be An American". It was an emotional experience. The point is that no matter where you are you should take the time to appreciate the music that people make, whether or not you recognize them as the greatest musician of their time. As long as it's quality music why not.
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