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Here you will hear the life stories, the decisions and choices made that led to these people becoming who they are today: masters of the percussion from all over the world. A podcast about inspiration, motivation and why making art is worth it. Hosted by Francesca Santangelo, a fourth generation percussionist herself.

Percussion Masters Francesca Santangelo

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Here you will hear the life stories, the decisions and choices made that led to these people becoming who they are today: masters of the percussion from all over the world. A podcast about inspiration, motivation and why making art is worth it. Hosted by Francesca Santangelo, a fourth generation percussionist herself.

    Gordon Stout

    Gordon Stout

    We are honored to have Gordon Stout join us on our podcast for the second episode.
    Gordon Stout is Professor Emeritus at the School of Music, Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y., composer of wonderful marimba and percussion works, classics of the genre, and last but not least, a true sound wizard!

    In this episode, Gordon Stout explains why his composition "Wood that sings" was an important moment in his life as a composer and musician. He describes his love of sound, the permanent and daily joy he experiences with his instrument: always curious, always exploring and enthusiastically discovering - knowing that we know almost nothing... as he says. And that this is wonderful, because it allows him and us to discover something new every day.
    A huge thanks to Gordon Stout for this inspiring exchange!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    John H. Beck

    John H. Beck

    This first episode we are incredibly happy to welcome John H. Beck as an interviewee. Recorded in May 2022, John looks back with host Francesca Santangelo on nearly eight decades as a drummer and percussionist, more than five decades as an educater and professor!
    We talk about how John had to drive many miles to get drum set lessons as a 13 year old. That the principle of the shool gave him a week off every week. We talk about what it was like to discover Steve Gadd as a young 14 year old boy and what it means to develop your own sound, your own voice. How important humility and listening are to serving the music.
    And last but not least you listen John Beck giving an essential impulse to musicians in the course of the podcast: Forget your mistakes and enjoy music!

    • 1 hr 9 min

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