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Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical podcast is an ongoing series of provocative interviews with musicians who are pioneering a new path in the classical music genre. I dig into musician's lives who have made an often risky move towards forging a unique path and creating a different kind of music career for themselves. This is particularly challenging in a field where the conventional approach is seeking employment in an orchestra. Join me and learn how others are redefining a thriving classical music career.
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Crushing Classical: Redefining A Thriving Music Career

Apr 16, 2018

What you'll hear:

  • How Robert’s characteristic spirit - or ETHOS - guided him, and what people thought of that kind of thinking in music school
  • How his “Plan B” after not getting into any summer festivals ended up showing him a whole other world
  • The conversation that changed Robert’s point of view about his career in music
  • How a DIY move toward the unknown changed the course of his career
  • The realization he had about his career that applies to ALL careers - a very simple truth you have to hear.
  • How Robert is bringing his long-loved idea of collaboration into his career now
  • What most classical musicians are not seeing - but everyone has

 

Find out more about French Horn Rebellion and their current tour on their website: https://www.frenchhornrebellion.com/ 

Mentioned on the show:

Pathways horn podcast:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pathways/id1215168842?mt=2

Rock Horn Project:

https://www.rockhornproject.com/ 

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
 
Check out the new revolutionary tuner app DRONE TUNER on iOS. Available NOW for iPhone and iPad. Tune to REAL recorded instrument tones instead of machine-like sounds to work on intonation, sound concept and blend. The visual component of this tuner is also incredible, with a super-fast reaction time, it allows you to tune while playing a musical passage or using vibrato. It even allows you to tune chords!
Get yours today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-tuner/id1326016622?ls=1&mt=8 
Mar 29, 2018

What you'll hear:

  • A great idea for keeping adult students excited and motivated to take lessons
  • The seemingly obvious barriers that would stop anyone - solved in real time
  • The true reason parents bail on programs for their kids. Hint: It’s not cost
  • The secret to getting an audience right NOW - you’ll be surprised you didn’t think of it
  • AND… The way to KEEP that audience. This one gets forgotten about all the time.

Check out Margaret's program at https://www.facebook.com/hornsquad/

 
I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
 
Check out the new revolutionary tuner app DRONE TUNER on iOS. Available NOW for iPhone and iPad. Tune to REAL recorded instrument tones instead of machine-like sounds to work on intonation, sound concept and blend. The visual component of this tuner is also incredible, with a super-fast reaction time, it allows you to tune while playing a musical passage or using vibrato. It even allows you to tune chords!
Get yours today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-tuner/id1326016622?ls=1&mt=8 
Mar 15, 2018

What you’ll hear:

  • The most important thing you need to succeed as a film composer
  • What NOT to do when networking with film industry people
  • His formula for getting work in the film music business (this formula is tried and true!)
  • Specific tips on what and how to share your music when looking for work - keeping your AUDIENCE in mind (AKA the producers/directors/people that hire you)
  • The big difference in contracts and unions between the US and other countries - how this causes work in the film recording industry to go overseas… and what you can do about it

… and SO much more

 

Mentioned in the episode - Larry Groupé's film composer workshop, coming up this summer. For more information go to: http://www.palomarworkshops.com/

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
 
Check out the new revolutionary tuner app DRONE TUNER on iOS. Available NOW for iPhone and iPad. Tune to REAL recorded instrument tones instead of machine-like sounds to work on intonation, sound concept and blend. The visual component of this tuner is also incredible, with a super-fast reaction time, it allows you to tune while playing a musical passage or using vibrato. It even allows you to tune chords!
Get yours today: https://apple.co/2pe4NBe 

 

Feb 22, 2018

What you’ll hear:

  • The epiphany Cliff had TWICE about his career that launched him in the direction of his career as an arranger
  • The bold way he learned the ins-and-outs of the commercial music business
  • Why you SHOULD NOT do what he did if you are interested in arranging for commercial music
  • How the commercial music business has changed
  • Two things you should do (and one thing you should NOT do) if you are thinking of diversifying the genres you play

Mentioned on the episode:

CONTACT CLIFF with any questions. He is happy to get your messages:

cliffccm@aol.com

Cliff's arranging projects mentioned in the episode:

David Bloom & Cliff Colnot CD: Contender: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/contender/1300774452

Ellington tribute CD with Daniel Barenboim:

https://www.amazon.com/Tribute-Ellington-Duke/dp/B00001SICY 

For the CSO ensemble Civitas: http://www.civitasensemble.org/

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
 
Check out the new revolutionary tuner app DRONE TUNER on iOS. Available NOW for iPhone and iPad. Tune to REAL recorded instrument tones instead of machine-like sounds to work on intonation, sound concept and blend. The visual component of this tuner is also incredible, with a super-fast reaction time, it allows you to tune while playing a musical passage or using vibrato. It even allows you to tune chords!
 
Get yours today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-tuner/id1326016622?ls=1&mt=8 
 
 
Feb 5, 2018

What you'll hear:

- How and why Amir ultimately chose jazz over classical after studying both through college

- What he did after college to seek out a specific sound he was craving... and it didn't even exist yet

- The unique learning style that has been lost over generations, the human connection it creates and how this style greatly impacted his trumpet playing

- What he realized about combining musical styles and what that actually means for the preservation and evolution of a musical tradition

... and much more.

More about Amir:

http://www.amirelsaffar.com/music/projects/rivers-of-sound/

https://newamsterdamrecords.bandcamp.com/album/not-two

Purchase on iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/not-two/1236925789 

Upcoming Concerts: Iowa City, Chicago and New York
 
Thursday, February 8th at 7:30 pm in Iowa City, IA at the Hancher Auditorium:
https://hancher.uiowa.edu/2017-18/AmirElSaffar 
Friday, February 9th at 8:00 pm in Chicago at Symphony Center
https://cso.org/ticketsandevents/production-details-2017-18/scp-jazz/mike-reed-amir-elsaffar/
Saturday, February 10th at 7:30 pm at NYU Skirball
http://as.nyu.edu/neareaststudies/events/spring-2018/rivers-of-sound-with-amir-elsaffar.html
 
Check out the new revolutionary tuner app DRONE TUNER on iOS. Available NOW for iPhone and iPad. Tune to REAL recorded instrument tones instead of machine-like sounds to work on intonation, sound concept and blend. The visual component of this tuner is also incredible, with a super-fast reaction time, it allows you to tune while playing a musical passage or using vibrato. It even allows you to tune chords!
Get yours today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-tuner/id1326016622?ls=1&mt=8 
 
I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
Jan 18, 2018

What you'll hear:

- Why he turned down an offer to return for another season with New World Symphony, how he handled the criticism...and how it fueled a larger vision

 

- The best way to hire and enroll the caliber of musicians you need to establish a top performing ensemble

 

- How to turn an audience into true FANS in an orchestral setting (a key ingredient if you are fundraising)

 

- The unusual approach he took to raise money for Nu Deco at the starting line

 

...and much more

 

Check out the new revolutionary tuner app DRONE TUNER on iOS. Available NOW for iPhone and iPad. Tune to REAL recorded instrument tones instead of machine-like sounds to work on intonation, sound concept and blend. The visual component of this tuner is also incredible, with a super-fast reaction time, it allows you to tune while playing a musical passage or using vibrato. It even allows you to tune chords!

Get yours today: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-tuner/id1326016622?ls=1&mt=8 

 

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!

 

Jan 14, 2018
On the show today:
 
- A significant difference between how the classical world and the business world approaches mentorship
 
- What you need most in order to build an audience, make an impact and lead any endeavor you want to create or expand this year
 
- The #1 reason why books, courses and programs you buy rarely cause any significant or lasting change for you
 
...and more
 
Check out the amazing DRONE TUNER app for iOS on iTunes and iPhone: http://dronetunerapp.com/ 
 
Purchase here at the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drone-tuner/id1326016622?ls=1&mt=8 
 
I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
Jan 7, 2018

- The #1 question you need to ask (and answer) when you are first setting up a social media presence


- How to identify your audience (Hint: your content should do TWO things at all times to ensure you actually HAVE an audience)

 

- A conversation about naming whatever your thing is (and why it matters)

 

- How to avoid reinventing the wheel when you are starting something new


...and much more

Gaby's YouTube Channel and Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/musiciansprime/ 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO7piQyGIOj4W40NWKDTLng 

JOIN THE AUDIENCE & IMPACT CHALLENGE - STARTING MONDAY, 1/8

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ccaichallenge/ 

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
Jan 4, 2018

- Why he wasn't sold on the traditional orchestra path and the ONE question he asked himself to know for sure (critical if you are considering an orchestral position)

- The top 3 traits The Brass Project ensemble has that enabled them to start a group AND keep it going (if you want to start an ensemble, you don't want to miss this)

- WHO you should choose to be in your ensemble (Hint: it's not "only the best players")

- How they managed to get 32 commissioned works without breaking the bank (this is a must listen!)

...and much more

Mentioned in the show:

https://www.thebrassproject.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/thebrassproject/

Nick DiBerardino

http://www.nickdiberardino.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/nickdiberardinocomposer/ 

Artist Year: https://artistyear.org/

Music From Angel Fire: https://musicfromangelfire.org/ 

I want to thank Ficks Music for sponsoring Crushing Classical. When you’re looking for high quality sheet music, look no further than  https://www.ficksmusic.com/discount/CRUSH
Use the link above to get 10% off your order!
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