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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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Now displaying: February, 2018

Crushing Classical: Redefining A Thriving Music Career

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!
 
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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!
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