"How much greatness has been lost because too few in power, in a position to create change, knew where to look or were too scared to take a chance and risk their own reputation on someone deemed “other,” outside of the checked boxes that our system’s rubric has arbitrarily created out of fear, a desire to exclude, an inability to see potential in the dark corners of the world based on fear and a quiet nagging of possible inferiority?"Read More
Facing the Music
Are you a musician that should be practicing? Are you in between practice sessions or rehearsals and just need to unwind and let your mind wander? Or do you just need a swift kick in the pants to inspire you? Well, sometimes you need to stop procrastinating, stop dodging and just face the music, literally.
"This year has proven to be one of many revelations, a cementing of truths, the revising of ideas, and reconceptualizing of concepts. It’s been heady, busy, and filled with teachable moments, learning experiences, and awesome, positive light."Read More
"...weekend I took part in Music at Brighton Road’s “Emerging Professionals” concert that featured Villa-Lobo’s Jet Whistle, Shostakovich’s 3rd string quartet, and Beethoven’s septet. I can’t overstate how spectacular the playing was. It was really really good and I felt so proud and a little intimidated to place myself amongst their ranks."Read More
The first of my newest series, Berginald Rash and the Chamber of Music, I look at my current chamber music work and reflect on the process of learning and collaborating through this medium. One thing I'm noticing is that as the list of chamber works grows so does my enjoyment and appreciation for the art form.Read More
"He would often compare his exactness in playing, the skills needed to refine and perfect a single measure, to flying a helicopter with all of its movable parts, gear shifts, levers, etc. and how at first thinking about and maneuvering all of it can be overwhelming until one day it all just clicks. For him and those of us in his studio, playing the clarinet was and/or quickly became a carefully balanced dance between the air, lips, fingers, and tongue. To perfect the ballet they all have to be working in concert."Read More