Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Cellist Hits the Road

Our newest member, cellist Dane Johansen is featured in a documentary about his experience walking the Way of St. James or El Camino de Santiago del Campostela.

The movie, called Strangers on the Earth, debuts at the Cleveland International Film Festival this week.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Van Hoesen Mozart

I've just uploaded a live recording from the 1960's of David VanHoesen performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. Thanks to Jim Gorton for sharing this with me. Here's the first movement. The opening statement is exemplary!

Movement 2: A lesson in lyricism

Movement 3: Brilliant playing!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Scoring Tool

I've developed a scoring tool that's accurate and inexpensive. It makes all the scores in one stroke, accurately distributing the scores across the width of the tube.

The blade points are staggered to fit the slight curve of a piece of cane. Scoring with this tool is best done on an easel. Just buy a 1 1/4" dowel and cut a section to length. Can also be done flat on a table, if need be.

I have made these for several months now. They can be customized for the number of scores you like to have (between 5 and 10). For those who like a space between scores down the center of the length of the bark, I can add an additional spacer to divide the blades -- for a 6-blade tool, 3 on one side, 3 on the other.

I also make them for contra cane. The price depends upon the number of blades you want - 5-7 blades, $25; 8-10 blades, $35.

If interested, visit my website.