My fellow podcasting cohort John Grillo recently put out a post on his blog ClassicalMusicNews.tv about the Princeton Symphony’s season finale. He also gives a little background on the orchestra and describes the current music director search the orchestra is currently undergoing.
Wrapping up our Jack Budrow interview
This weekend on Contrabass Conversations, we’re wrapping up the interview with Michigan State bass professor Jack Budrow that we began on episode 73 of the podcast. John Grillo co-hosted this interview with me, and we really got into some interesting topics, including:
- playing in the Houston Symphony and Santa Fe Opera
- serving as Principal Bass for the North Carolina Symphony
- commuting between North Carolina and Michigan
- essential skills for auditioning
- how to keep healthy as a bass player over the long haul
This interview was a real blast to do, and it’s always a lot of fun co-hosting these episodes that John Grillo and I do together, so I hope you enjoy this episode.
Featuring Peter Askim on Contrabass Conversations
In addition to concluding our interview with John Grillo, we’re going to be featuring a track from composer Peter Askim this week on Contrabass Conversations. A former bassist with the Honolulu Symphony, Peter is an active composer, and his piece Edge (which we’ll be featuring this weekend) was the required solo competition piece for the 2003 International Society of Bassists convention.
Here’s a little more about Peter:
Active as a composer, conductor and double bassist, Peter Askim is the Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He has been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught bass, theory and composition. He has had commissions and performances from such groups as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, Orchestra Asia-Japan, the International Society of Bassists, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and Serenata Santa Fe, as well as by performers such as flutist/ conductor Ransom Wilson, Metropolitan Opera soprano Lauren Flanigan and Grammy-nominated soprano Judith Kellock. His compositions are published by Liben Music Publishers, Discordia Music and the International Society of Bassists, and his music is recorded on the Gasparo and Albany labels.
Learn more about Peter at his website www.peteraskim.com.