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As we move from the acute to the chronic phase of the Coronavirus Pandemic, many of us in the percussion community has elevated concerns for opportunities lost to percussionists, especially young percussionists and emerging professionals due to travel restrictions and limits placed on concert-giving. We cannot solve every problem; indeed, the most vexing difficulties of this time involving livelihood and job prospects are beyond our reach. We cannot make up for the absence of conferences, concerts, recording opportunities, and just plain gigs. However, we can help provide community support in the form of monthly mentorship sessions—small-scale and personal encounters with established artists on topics of common interest.
Here’s how this will work: Aiyun Huang and Steven Schick will curate and host monthly Zoom meetings with established artist-percussionists, each of which will be organized around an issue of common concern. Each Zoom session will be 90 minutes in length: the first 45 minutes will be a group discussion (plenary) to layout the area to be covered. For this, the invited cohort of approximately 50 percussionists will be “muted.” Then, for 45 minutes, we will break out into discussions using the Breakout Room function on Zoom, in which a dozen or so participants will join a single panelist for a follow-up conversation. Here the goal is a personal interaction between participants and panelists. The hosts and panelists will be available for follow-up communication for up to a week afterward for continued dialogue. Longer-term mentoring relationships are encouraged but should develop organically.
Plenary sessions will be recorded and posted; the breakout sessions will be private.
There is no charge to participants nor any payment to the panelists.
Application Deadline: August 15th
September 23, 2020
What are the building blocks of a percussion practice? How might practice change in times of crisis?
Panelists: Michael Burritt, Jacob Nissly, She-e Wu, Ben Toth, Michael Rosen
October 14, 2020
“Practicing Community: Percussion as a Tool for Change”
How might we use our art to change the world? Can you combine music and activism?
Panelists: Sarah Hennies, Bonnie Whiting, Doug Perkins, Ji Hye Jung
November 11, 2020
“On-line Dissemination of Music and Ideas”
Panelists: @Percussion (Casey Cangelosi, Karlyn R. Viña, Ben Charles, Ksenija Komljenović), Ross Karre, Scott Deal
January 27, 2021
“High and Low: Technology in Artistic Practice”
Panelists: Levy Lorenzo, Gustavo Aguilar, David Bithell, Bora Yoon, Pamela Z
March 10, 2021
“Meaningful and Responsible: Making Music in Social Distance”
Panelists: So Percussion (Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting), Ross Karre, Haruka Fujii, Clara Warnaar
April 14, 2021
“Collaborations I: Composers”
Aiyun Huang and Sean Griffin, Greg Stuart and Michael Pisaro, Steven Schick and John Luther Adams
May 12, 2021
Russell Hartenberger, Ben Reimer, Terry Longshore, Jennifer Torrence