Jefferson Exchange Interview with Mark Applebaum

I had fun visiting The Jefferson Exchange last week, along with Mark Applebaum on the phone, to talk about the recent innova recordings release of his album, Speed Dating, featuring the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble’s recording of his work, Clicktrack. Thanks to John Baxter, and to Geoffrey Riley for a fun interview!

Check out the interview on The Jefferson Exchange here: http://ijpr.org/post/sou-percussion-group-records-track-cd#stream/0

Jefferson Exchange Friday with Mark Applebaum

Composer Mark Applebaum and I will be featured on Jefferson Public Radio’s “Jefferson Exchange” on Friday, February 16, at 8:30am PST to discuss the new Innova Recordings release, Speed Dating, which features the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble’s recording of Applebaum’s Clicktrack. Tune in live on air or streaming, or listen later to the archived stream.

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Caballito Negro – Songlines EP

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Songlines (2016)
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Songlines is Caballito Negro’s first recording, an EP released (via CDBaby) in conjunction with its Pacific Northwest Tour and Britt Music & Arts Festival Residency in Spring 2016. The EP is a recording of three compositions from Caballito Negro’s touring concert program: David P. Jones’ Music For South Africa, William Kraft’s Encounters XVI and This Is Like Jazz! by Ivan Trevino.

Preview and/or purchase at the link below, or through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all major music online retailers. (For best sound – listen with good headphones/speakers with full bass sound.)

Great night of flamenco w/Ian Scionti @ Paschal Winery!

PC190777Thanks to all who made it a fantastic sold-out show at Paschal Winery last Sunday! It was great fun to perform with Ian Scionti – he is such a fabulous musician! We performed music from his album “Campo Abierto” as well as Wayne Shorter’s “Infant Eyes” and a crazy bulerías version of Shorter’s “Wildflower”. Ian is based in Sevilla, Spain, and it was great to have him in Ashland for the holidays!

A huge thanks to Grant Ruiz and the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society, Ed Dunsavage and the Siskiyou Music Project, and Paschal Winery for sponsoring this event! And to Les Stansell for providing one of his beautiful guitars for Ian!

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Remember the Alamo – and the Rebel Frog!

Caballito Negro gave the premiere of Ivan Trevino’s “This Is Like Jazz” at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University last week. A huge thanks to Ivan for a  beautiful piece – we just love it. We also premiered our own “That Which Colors the Soul” – big thanks to Dan Kennedy and Keith Bohm for hosting us there. We had a great time with the percussion students as well – thanks to Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, and Black Swamp for sponsoring our workshop with them!

Workshop with Sac State students
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With both of my teachers from Sac State – Dan Kennedy and Ron Holloway. So special to have both of them there!
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I just returned from San Antonio and PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention). What an incredible convention! It’s always great to connect with old friends and new.

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Congratulations to SOU Master’s student Jordan Curcuruto for her awesome performance with the PASIC International All-Star Percussion Ensemble! What a great new idea from PAS and an incredible performance by the ensemble directed by Michael Burritt. Congratulations to SOU MM alumnus Colin Malloy for his brilliant performance of Thierry De Mey’s “Silence Must Be” – bravo! Also congratulations to SOU alum Joe Perez for his technology presentation on his arrangement of Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint”.  I’m so proud of all of you!

And, now we hit the ground running to present our concert this Friday – the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles present “All the World’s a Drum”. We will premiere two new works by Bryan Jeffs:

  • Three Movements for Recital Hall – this piece utilizes our Music Recital Hall as the instrument – curtains, doors, stage floor, etc. come alive as the audience is surrounded by sound and movement.
  • The Shady Lady and the Rebel Frog – the latest installment in Bryan’s brilliant Rebel Frog series. Flutist Tessa Brinckman joins us as the “Shady Lady” in this exciting piece performed by the entire ensemble.
  • Also featuring works, many theatrical in nature, by Erik Griswold, Mauricio Kagel, John Cage, Ivan Trevino, and more. Join us!

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April Music Adventures!

April was an incredible month of music! Southern Oregon University hosted the 30th anniversary of the Northwest Percussion Festival – what an amazing weekend! I was so proud of all of our students – their performances, energy and professionalism hosting the entire weekend. Here are some highlights (thanks to Larry Chamberlain of Yamaha for the great pics!):

Conducting George Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique
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The concentration! – The SOU Percussion Ensemble jammin!
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Guest artist Steven Schick rocking Iannis Xenakis’ Rebonds:
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Bryan Jeffs and I performing John Bergamo’s Piru Bole:
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Dan Kennedy – what an honor for me to have two of my most influential teachers at the event!
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Then – the week after I got to perform with Lynn Vartan and the Southern Utah University Percussion Ensemble – an absolute blast working for a couple of days with these great students!
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Lynn took me to see the unbelievable Zion National Park:
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And then, some John Luther Adams with Kimberly Fitch and friends, and looking forward to May with more Timber, percussion music, and flamenco! Stay tuned!

Great music – what a month!

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In the booth at Oregon Sound Recording.

It’s been an amazing first half of December! I am so lucky to live in not only a stunningly beautiful community, but to also get to make such incredible music with people on a regular basis. I recently recorded a tabla track for Darol Anger and Emy Phelps on their beautiful cover of the Grateful Dead’s Ripple. Check out a sample and buy the track here. Thanks to Sean McCoy of Oregon Sound Recording for tracking the session!

Our SOU Percussion Ensembles concert on December 5th was a resounding success. Special thanks to guest artist Daniel Kennedy and to the composers and arrangers of all of the music heard for the first time that night (or close to the first time):
Bryan Jeffs, Colin Malloy, Celso Ruiz, Grant Ruiz, and Lucas Sennhauser.

In the last week I got to play gorgeous early and flamenco music from Spain with Lauren Pomerantz and Grant Ruiz, then performed Mark Applebaum’s Composition Machine #1 at Ashland’s “Sketches: Second Sunday Series“. And now this Friday we present “Gypsy Fire: Flamenco Music” at Paschal Winery in Talent featuring the spectacular Elena Villa and guitar virtuoso Berto Boyd.

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Sean McCoy, TL, and Colin Malloy

And, putting the final touches on mixes of the SOU Percussion Ensembles for our new CD, “Electric Rebel Poetry” featuring premiere recordings of the music of Mark Applebaum, Bryan Jeffs, Colin Malloy, Jeff Richmond, and Hikaru Sawai.

How lucky am I?!

Oh….and I have an incredible new set of tabla from TransTabla in the mail arriving Wednesday. David Yovino is an absolute genius and I’ve been drooling over these for a year and finally ordered a set. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep until they are here….

Rehearsing Bryan Jeffs’ “Contactual Constellations”

ccA snapshot of the Southern Oregon University Graduate Percussion Group rehearsing for the recent world premiere of Bryan Jeffs’ Contactual Constellations at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). This is what the audience saw projected, but it is live video of the performers interpreting graphic musical scores printed on the drumheads! Amazing!

Special thanks to Remo for making us these beautiful drumheads and sponsoring our PASIC Performance. Special thanks to Yamaha for loaning us the prototype Impact Bass Drums for our rehearsal stage and providing them for our performances! And also thanks to our other sponsors of this event – Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Southern Oregon University, and Dr. John Barton! And – thanks to Bryan Jeffs!

For those of you who were not in Indianapolis last week, we will also perform this work (west coast premiere) on December 5th at Southern Oregon University and again at the Northwest Percussion Festival April 10.

Congrats to my 5 grad students who are doing amazing work on this piece: Jordan Curcuruto, Joe Howe, Jeff Kolega, Colin Malloy, and Tyler Willoughby and to former student and colleague Bryan Jeffs!

In the Studio – Mark Applebaum’s “30”

30 Solo StudioThis week I am in the studio with Bryan Jeffs and the SOU Percussion Ensemble working on the premiere recording of Mark Applebaum’s 30, a work we co-commissioned, premiered, and performed at PASIC in 2013. 30 is in 3 parts: The First Decade for solo percussion, The Second Decade for percussion quartet, and The Third Decade for percussion septet. The piece can be performed in any combination of the 3 parts, or any parts alone.

DSC_0018We recorded the quartet on Thursday and I recorded the solo today, both at Brokenworks Productions in Ashland, an amazing space! So inspiring to play there! Sean McCoy of Oregon Sound Recording at the console – awesome ears!

Tuesday we record the septet in the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. Check back for pics from that session!

This project will appear (complete work and The Third Decade) on our new Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles CD, “Electric Rebel Poetry”. Also, the work in all 7 of its versions will be issued in the near future by Mark Applebaum on the Innova Label. Check back for news on that!

Thanks Mark Applebaum for the incredible music, to Bryan Jeffs for his fantastic conducting, and to all the players in the SOU Percussion Ensemble for your artistry – such an honor to share this recording with you all!

PASIC Preview Article Published in Percussive Notes

Percussive Notes CoverI am proud to be co-hosting Focus Day at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) this year, along with John Lane! Our theme is “Images of Sound: Innovations in Notation”. John and I co-wrote a preview article about the Focus Day events and it is published in this month’s “Percussive Notes”. Click here to view the online edition of Percussive Notes (the article begins on page 10).

If you are in the Indianapolis area in November – don’t miss this! More information at the PASIC website:

New Website Launched at terrylongshore.com

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I am excited to announce the launch of my new web site today at http://terrylongshore.com! It’s been a long time coming, but my goals are to highlight the incredible musical projects that I am part of as a performer, educator, and composer. There’s lots of information, performance schedule, videos, pictures, and more – check it out! For instance:

  • Read about my upcoming premiere of a new Mark Applebaum solo.
  • Watch video of recent video/percussion/shadowplay collaboration with David Bithell.
  • Check out the beautiful new bass drum heads/musical scores by Bryan Jeffs for the SOU Graduate Percussion Group’s upcoming performance at PASIC in Indianapolis.

You can even connect through Facebook, Twitter, and/or RSS Feed if desired.

A special thanks to Bruce Bayard and Greg Eliason, and the continued support of Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth, and Remo!

Look for new SOU Percussion Website to be unveiled soon as well!

Thanks all and please stop in and say hello!

Caballito Negro records William Kraft’s “Encounters XVI”

kraft-tessa-terryCaballito Negro (Tessa Brinckman, flute and Terry Longshore, percussion) recently completed a recording of Encounters XVI for William Kraft. It was a pleasure working with Bill, having him in town for a week, and working on the recording with him. As always, he was a hoot! I only hope to be as persnickety when I’m 90!

Excerpt of recording of Encounters XVI:

kraft-sou-perc-ensBill was great with the students and the concert of his music went very well. What a great visit!