Senior Recital

February 11, 2009


I am excited to announce that my senior recital proposal has been approved (phew!) and will now officially be held on March 9, 2009 at 8:00pm. You are invited to an exciting evening of fantastic clarinet repertoire featuring “Gra” by Elliot Carter (to celebrate his 100th birthday), “Fratres II” (arranged by myself for clarinet and piano for Arvo Pärt’s 75th birthday), and a very special performance of Richard Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel” featuring guest artists Adriana Lebedovic, Mathew James, Michael Macauley, and Erin MacLeod.

I hope to see you there, admission is FREE so there are no excuses!

-Sean.

Programme:

Johannes Brahms – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 120, No. 2

Arvo Pärt – Fratres II (Arranged for clarinet and piano by Sean Perrin)

Intermission

Elliot Carter – Gra

Claude Debussy – Premiere Rhapsodie

Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspigel (Quintet arrangment)

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Reed Banter

December 29, 2008

After 10 years of playing the clarinet with Vandoren V12 reeds I have finally given up on the reeds for two main reasons:

1) Vandoren’s reed craftmanship and consistency has been dercreasing for years but it has reached an unacceptable level. It will take three or four boxes of reeds to find just a handful of quality reeds to use. To add to this problem they have recently decided to give every single reed they make a “factory fresh” seal. Basically, this keeps the reed at Parisian humidity until it is opened instead of gradually adjusting to its new humidity in transit. After opening a new reed, it takes weeks if not months of endless hell before a reed is usable to my liking, let alone ready for a performance.

2) This packaging not only has a negative affect on the usability of the reeds, but also the environment. In an age where most companies are trying to decrease package size to reduce on waste and transit costs (larger packages weigh more and require more space, which wastes fuel), Vandoren has increased the size of their packages by at least 30 percent, and has started wrapping each reed, which already came in its own plastic case, in a foil wrapping. What a waste!

Picture: Vandoren’s excessive packaging.

The solution? I’m not entirely sure yet, but I am currently auditioning new reeds and will keep you posted on the results! Let me know if you have any ideas. It’s sad in a way because I love Vandoren’s products and now swear by their ligatures and mouthpieces. Although it is arguably true that they have never made the “best” product available, theirs is by far the most consistent. It’s a shame that their reeds no longer fit into this criterion.

-Sean.

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In C Featured on NUTV

December 4, 2008

For those who performed Terry Riley’s In C a few weeks back (and even for those who did not) you may be interested to know that NUTV featured our performance in their Arts episode of a show called “Full Frontal.” Here is the video… (it’s a few minutes in, right after the dancers.)

Link: http://nutv.ca/shows/fullfrontal/index.php?e=38

Thanks for playing everyone, it was great fun!

Sean.


The First Annual Logistical Fine Arts BBQ

September 19, 2008

So today was the annual Fine Arts Barbecue. Like most occurrences on campus, this event usually consists of cheese burgers, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption, and conversation with friends, both old and new. At the end of the day, if you are lucky, you will have made a few new acquaintances, enjoyed a few cheeseburgers, and be about two-thirds drunk for the C-Train ride home.

However, this year was different. Although burgers and beer were still prevalent, a profound conversation was sparked by a logistical anomaly brought forth by Mike, the party’s token bassoonist. From there, students from all facets of fine art met on the dilapidated couches outside and had one of the most intellectual debates of all time.

Here is the problem:

Somewhere in the universe there exists a world in which people either have green or purple nostrils; in all other respects, though, they are like us. There are no mirrors, no photographs. This means that they can never see their own nostrils. In fact, if they are ever to discover the colour of their nostrils, they will, without fail, commit suicide that evening at midnight.

I should note that everyone within this society is both completely honest (meaning everyone always tells the truth) and perfectly capable of logic (and thus logical reasoning).

There exists a home in which there are three roommates, all three of whom have green nostrils. (Though, of course, each only knows that the other two have green nostrils.)

One day, they order a pizza. The person delivering the pizza is not having a good day, and after receiving a low tip from the three roommates, this person looks at the three, and says “At least one of you has green nostrils.”

How many days pass until they all commit suicide?

Although many theories were examined at length, nobody was able to explain the difference between assuming you had green nostrils and knowing you had green nostrils. And to an even lesser extent, at which point these two would become one in the same, thus justifying suicide.

I will think about this at length and post MY hypothesis tomorrow. But in the meanwhile… give it some thought if you can, but don’t hurt yourself!

Cheers,

Sean.