• Appearances,  Articles

    More cowbell!

    I’d forgotten you could groove on a triangle, too. Check out this video of possibly my first network TV appearance at 17 years old. Unloading trucks (nothing’s changed), very serious about performing (somewhat changed), and tapping my foot (totally changed!!!) Thanks to Tommy Pearson for sharing on Facebook (BTW, my page was cancelled. Apparently my NOT talking politics was too much for them. And it looks like my profile has limited functioning, too). Other performers of the Kent Youth Percussion Ensemble (or “On-sawm-Bluh” according to the presenter) included: Jim Carmichael, Julie Dyer, Anna Emeraud, Graham Mann, Tommy Pearson, and Jonathan Vincent. Sean Hooper was our director, and the Head of…

  • Stephen P Brown loves Orchestra Flash Mobs
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    Flashing is popular again

      More and more musicians are doing it. Apparently there were over 40 reported incidents worldwide in 2013. Fortunately, many of them were caught on camera. Which of the following incidents from the past few years are worthy of international attention, and which are lucky not to find themselves in the Establishment’s penal custody for flashing in public? I’ll tell you my fave if you tell me yours! Share your thoughts and your favorites in the comments below… 1.   2.   3.   4. Haven’t reached my favourite one, yet! Remember – I’m a percussionist at heart… 5.   6.   7. Er, yeah. That’ll be it. Love it!…

  • British American Conductor Composer Stephen P Brown and the Clearwater Chorus
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    Back to Choral Roots

    A couple of months ago I was appointed Conductor of the 40+ year old Clearwater Chorus. It’s an ensemble of people who like to sing, and encourages adults of varying ages and abilities to make and share music together. At least, that’s what it is now. Although not titled a “Director” that is effectively my role and as a result, I’ve grabbed hold of the reins and am guiding the ensemble through a new perspective: who we have and what we do now is what we are, and as long as we work together to share music, we’ll be doing something of value to the world. [Click here: I’m giving…

  • Articles

    Quest #9 – Perspective

    This was an odd composition that kind of came out of nowhere, but ended up being the ninth composition in my psalm composition quest. And it’s a little strange, being written for bass clarinet and drum kit. Uh-huh. I met Calvin Falwell recently and during our chat he mentioned a project he and his USF Faculty colleague Robert McCormick were undertaking. I know Robert and was therefore interested. Vox Novus commission lots of new music from composers for a project called “Fifteen Minutes of Fame.” Composers submit brand new compositions no longer than one minute (60 seconds) and 15 of them are selected and joined together to form one piece…

  • Evelyn Glennie marimba
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    Piece #8: Sonata 2 for Viola, Marimba, Piano

    This is a fun little ditty! Another stab at the traditional Sonata Form, this piece is for a trio of performers: viola, marimba and piano. To my thinking, there is not enough marimba included in the standard instrumentation these days, (click it to tweet it) yet like the saxophone or bass clarinet, it has a great many experts and has become a common option thanks to folk like Evelyn Glennie. Sonata Form Structure This piece is based on Psalm 102 and although it does not follow a similar structure (the focus of this piece was the structure called “Sonata Form“) I did use the content of the psalm to influence the…