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Donald Duck and the Monochord

Pythagoras and the Monochord – Walt Disney Style

During our UARAP sessions, Alexis and I discovered that we were both fans of a somewhat obscure Walt Disney film, “Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land.” Little did I know when I was exposed to this in 10th grade geometry class that it would carry special resonance in my percussion career. In my DMA studies at […]

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Berimbau Frets

Berimbau Frets

Over the past few days, Alexis Lamb and I were quite busy putting the final touches on her new duo, Descobertas por pau e pedra. At one point in the rehearsal, we both got frustrated with our inability to hit certain pitches together in a harmonious way. Unlike other percussion instruments, except timpani!, intonation isn’t […]

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Alexis Headshot 2 CROP

Alexis Lamb and the UARAP Program

Yesterday, at an NIU Percussion Area Performance Convocation, Alexis and I “premiered” her new berimbau duo, “Descobertas por pau e pedra.” It was a very beautiful experience. The energy was high and the students were very complimentary of Alexis and her piece. Chris Komos said, “Thanks, you just made my day better.” Ovell Landers III […]

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