It's been quite a few years since I've done a recital. This past spring I made the commitment to put together a recital for the end of summer. It was originally schedule August 13th, but I got the dreaded Covid 4 days before. Now the rescheduled date of October 8th is fast approaching. This is going to be a woodwind multi-instrument program. It's my first time doing an "official" non-clarinet only recital.
I figured if I was going to do a doubling recital, I may as well do it right. There are pieces with the traditional woodwind family members....clarinet, flute and sax. But there are also a few pieces for instruments not normally seen in a recital setting. 19 instruments in total. It will hopefully be livestreamed and recorded.
Sonatina by Darren Lord
The Cycle of Life (O Ciclo da Vida) by Ricardo Matosinhos
Geordi Tunes by Peter Hope
Future Echoes from the Ancient Voicesof Turtle Island by William Moylan
Rainmaker by Philip Parker
Grande Fantasie de Concert “L’ Eco” by A.N. Mezzetti
Shooting Star Ocarina Octet's January video was made for the 2022 Latin American Ocarina Festival (online) happening January 28th through 30th. Our submission for the festival was an arrangement by Timothy Chernobrov of the Mexican folk song, La Cucaracha.
This is my debut with the Shooting Star Ocarina Octet (formerly septet) playing the contrabass G ocarina. I'm incredibly grateful to have been asked to join this talented group of ocarinists. Please subscribe to the YouTube Channel to make sure you don't miss any of the monthly videos.
A vintage Italian ocarina just arrived from Italy. It's an alto G by Emilio Cesari. Cesari was born in Budrio, Italy which was the birthplace of the modern ocarina. He briefly studied ocarina making with Cesare Vicinelli, then he made his own ocarinas in Budrio in the 1920s. He then moved to San Remo, Italy where he was a professional French hornist. He resumed ocarina production there until his death in 1962.
This ocarina is from the San Remo period, although the "mo" is the only part of the San Remo stamp that is visible. It's in pretty good condition (just a little paint loss here and there) and plays really well. The seller was in Milan, so presumably this ocarina spent its whole life in Italy.