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Legends of Reed is an interview series conducted by Jo Anne Sukumaran with top double reed musicians from around the world. The aim of this podcast is to share knowledge, educate and inspire other musicians.

Legends of Reed Jo Anne Sukumaran

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Legends of Reed is an interview series conducted by Jo Anne Sukumaran with top double reed musicians from around the world. The aim of this podcast is to share knowledge, educate and inspire other musicians.

    Season 3 Episode 9: Benjamin Coelho

    Season 3 Episode 9: Benjamin Coelho

    A dynamic and expressive bassoonist, Benjamin Coelho, born in Brazil, is a sought-after musician, teacher, and recording artist performing in many countries on five continents. Currently, he is the principal bassoon with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Voxman Reed Trio. He has been a professor of bassoon at the University of Iowa since 1998.

    Benjamin started his musical studies at the Tatuí Conservatory of Music in Brazil. He came to the U.S.A. to study at Purchase College, where he received his BFA. He received his Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and did additional graduate work at Indiana University.

    Benjamin has commissioned, performed, and recorded many works by Latin American, American, and European composers, and has released seven critically acclaimed CDs garnering praise from national and international publications.

    Benjamin finds great joy and fulfillment as a teacher and pedagogue. During the pandemic, he gave over thirty master classes and lives to students in the United States and Latin America. He has been honored to be on faculty at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina, Brazil, and has taught at bassoon festivals worldwide.

    Benjamin has dedicated himself to service. At the University of Iowa, he has served in four different associate director positions and his greatest honor was becoming the interim director of the School of Music from 2018-2019. He is currently serving a three-year term as the vice-president of the International Double Reed Society.


    In this episode, I speak to Benjamin about many interesting topics such as his musical upbringing, his influences, and musical journey, his views about the Brazilian bassoon school versus the American school, his practicing method, his teaching philosophy, and his bassoon studio at the University of Iowa, and why diversity, belonging and equality are so important to him. We also spoke about the recent "movement" in classical music (especially in North America) in addressing racial inequalities and providing more opportunities to musicians from minority backgrounds. He also shared about his recording projects and gives some words of encouragement to young musicians. 

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Season 3 Episode 8: Sara Schoenbeck

    Season 3 Episode 8: Sara Schoenbeck

    The Wire places Sara Schoenbeck in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today, while the New York Times has called her performances "galvanizing" and "riveting.” She has performed with or been a member of Anthony Braxton’s 12+1(tet) and Tri-Centric Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz’s Gravitas Quartet, Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State, Wavefield Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, Wet Ink, Marty Ehrlich’s Duende Winds, Nels Cline's Lovers, Adam Rudolph's Organic Orchestra, and the Michael Leonhart Orchestra. She has worked with many of creative music’s luminaries including Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Butch Morris, Yusef Lateef, Wadada Leo Smith, George Lewis, and Pamela Z.

    She can be heard on music and film recordings including Matrix 2 and 3, Spanglish and Dahmer. She has performed at major venues throughout North America and Europe. A partial list includes Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kitchen, Iridium, Disney Hall, Redcat, the Kennedy Center, the Free Music Festival in Antwerp Belgium, Biennale Musica in Venice Italy, the American Festival of Improvised Music, MicroFest, SXSW, New Orleans, Newport, Berlin, Victoriaville and Ottawa Jazz Festivals; the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles; San Francisco, Saalfelden and Tempere Jazz festivals.

    Sara received her BFA from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Sara has been adjunct faculty at California Institute of the Arts, Citrus College, and Pasadena Conservatory and has given master classes at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Cornish College, University of Denver, and Western Washington University. She is currently on faculty at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Packer Collegiate Institute.

    In this episode, I speak to Sara about her musical journey, how her career developed and took off, and the inspiration behind her recent self-titled album release, she gives me some practical tips on how to become a better improviser and how to approach free improvisation, tips on creativity, her main musical influences, the challenges of working as a female musician, tips for young musicians and she fills me in on the jazz/music scene in New York, and which jazz clubs I should visit in New York. 

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    Find out more about Sara: https://www.saraschoenbeck.com

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Season 3 Episode 7: Philippe Tondre

    Season 3 Episode 7: Philippe Tondre

    French oboist Philippe Tondre has secured a place among the finest musicians of his generation. «Master of the oboe » (Bonner General Anzeiger), his music-making is packed with emotional sensitivity and stunning virtuosity.

    Principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Philippe Tondre is also a member of the Mito Chamber Orchestra, the newly-founded Kammer Ensemble Paris, and Principal Oboe of the Saito Kinen Orchestra Matsumoto. From 2014 until 2020 he was Solo Oboe of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and from 2016 until 2017 Solo Oboe of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig.

    He has worked with eminent conductors, amongst others Seiji Ozawa, Yannick Nezet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Ivan Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Teodor Currentzis, Franz Welser- Möst, Sir Roger Norrington, Fabio Luisi, Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen und Daniel Harding.

    In November 2015 Philippe Tondre was nominated Professor for Oboe at the Hochschule für Musik Saar. He gives masterclasses in China, Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany.

    Philippe Tondre plays a Buffet Crampon « Légende » Oboe.


    In this episode, I speak to Philippe about his early musical journey, the key teachers and mentors that had a great influence on him, what studying with Maurice Bourguewas like; his tips for competitions and peak performance, why having active sports and exercise regime is important for wind players, how he toggles between playing in the US and Europe, his upcoming projects, recordings and concerts, the French school of oboe, and his personal tips for young musicians.

    To find out more about him, visit: http://www.philippetondre.com

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    • 48 min
    Season 3 Episode 6: Peter Whelan

    Season 3 Episode 6: Peter Whelan

    I recently interviewed the fabulous bassoon soloist and conductor Peter Whelan.

    Peter is not only a concerto soloist, he is in constant demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He has performed in many prestigious venues around the world, and he is also the founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Marsyas, and the Artistic Director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra. He is also an Artistic Partner of the Irish National Opera.

    We speak about many interesting and inspiring topics like his musical journey, how he found his voice in early and baroque music, his studies with Sergio Azzolini, how he got into conducting and directing, his work with the Ensemble Marsyas, how we can stay inspired when performing and interpreting overly-played repertoire, “the game” in interpreting early music, the importance of musicians in finding “a middle ground”, his upcoming projects and he speaks about his new disc, “Mozart’s Bassoon. Works for solo Bassoon”. He even teaches me some Irish slang.

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    Find out more about him: https://www.peterwhelan.co.uk/about/

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Season 3 Episode 5: Daniel Matsukawa

    Season 3 Episode 5: Daniel Matsukawa

    Daniel Matsukawa has been the principal bassoon of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2000. He studied at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. His teachers include Harold Goltzer, Alan Futterman, and Bernard Garfield.

    Mr. Matsukawa made his solo concerto debut in Carnegie Hall at the age of 18 and was featured in a Young Artist’s Showcase on New York’s WQXR classical radio station. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in the United States, Japan, and New Zealand.

    Prior to his post with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Matsukawa served as principal bassoon with the National Symphony in Washington D.C., the Saint Louis Symphony, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and the Memphis Symphony. Mr. Matsukawa is a member of the faculties at both the Curtis Institute of Music and the Boyer College of Music at Temple University.

    In 2019, Mr. Matsukawa has served as a member of the prestigious jury panel for the Tchaikovsky Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Later that same year, he served as a member of the jury panel for the ARD Competition in Munich, Germany.

    Find out more about him here: https://www.philorch.org/your-philorch/meet-your-orchestra/musicians/daniel-matsukawa/

    I am joined by my friend, bassoonist Francisca Bastos who is a guest co-host on this episode.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Season 3 Episode 4: Frank Morelli

    Season 3 Episode 4: Frank Morelli

    On this episode I am very pleased to share my interview with one of most renowned American bassoonists, Mr. Frank Morelli. 

    He is the first bassoonist awarded a Juilliard doctorate, and has been a Carnegie Hall soloist nine times. He performed at the last White House State Dinner for President Clinton and is Co-principal bassoon of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Faculty positions include Juilliard, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook and Queens College. His over 180 recordings include MSR Classics solo CDs From the Heart, Romance and Caprice, Bassoon Brasileiro and Baroque Fireworks. Gramophone Magazine proclaimed that "Morelli's playing is a joy to behold." American Record Guide stated: "the bassoon playing...is as good as it gets."

    We speak about his teaching philosophy, his musical journey and being one of the first bassoonists to have a "portfolio career", his musical influences, his favourite memories playing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, his foray into jazz with the album "The Ox-Mo Incident", his thoughts on the classical music industry and tips for the future generation of classical musicians, what he would like to be remembered for and even what the "theme song" of his life would be. 

    Visit his website at www.morellibassoon.com

    • 48 min

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