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Intern Spotlight: Cameron Leach

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we have started an Intern Spotlight series. Our interns do amazing work, and we want to thank them for their incredible talent and tireless dedication. Next in the series is Cameron Leach, for whom major congratulations are in order: Cameron just won the Percussive Arts Society Solo Artist Competition! He documented his preparation for the PASIC competition with a series of Facebook videos; check them out for helpful hints and insight about competition prep. Congratulations, Cameron!

 

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Where are you from?

Hilliard, OH.

What is one thing about yourself that you’d want everyone to know?

I listen to Drake every morning to get me hyped up for the day. I’m sorry.

Give us a link to something about you.

cleachmusic.com – Website
@cleachmusic – Instagram
cleachmusic – Facebook
cameronleach – Youtube

What are you up to these days?

Right now I’m finishing my master’s degree at the Eastman School of Music. I’ll graduate in May 2018, then I’m moving back to Ohio to freelance and save money for large instrument purchases before moving elsewhere.

I’ve been really exploring what it means to self-promote, produce online content, and dig into the entrepreneurial side of the music business, and I’m looking forward to putting these skills to work once I get done with school.

When did you intern with TCP?

Summer 2017. I spent about 3.5 weeks with the group during their summer residency in South Bend, Indiana.

How did you connect with TCP?

Through the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music. I also played JLA’s Inuksuit with them in Mishawaka, Indiana, during the summer of 2015, so the group was definitely on my radar for a long time. On top of that, my teacher and friend Ryan Kilgore had great (and funny) things to say about the guys from his time with some of them at Northwestern.

Did you gain anything from the internship that you’d like to share?

The internship really showed me what it means to run a successful chamber ensemble, in terms of both day-to-day tasks and long-term planning. I was astounded by the efficiency within the group, especially with how they delegated duties and roles to fit each member’s strengths. On top of that, the way they balanced individual practice, group rehearsals, and administrative work-time was really impressive.

What else did you do while interning with TCP besides work with the group?

Throughout my internship and the summer as a whole, I was busy constructing my website, press kit, Facebook artist page, business cards, etc., with Ali Prater, an incredible London-based designer. She brought to life my vision for a personal brand in terms of logo, feel, and aesthetic, and I couldn’t be more grateful. The time I spent with TCP was at the very end of this process (just before the launch), and they provided invaluable feedback and final revisions that helped shape the end result. The specific feedback I received were really parts of larger lessons that can be applied across the broad spectrum of the music business, so I really feel that it was a formative, albeit short, 24 days.

Did you leave a legacy or mark on the organization that you’re particularly proud of?

Hmm. I wish I had something a bit more profound, but unboxing drums and changing lots of drumheads counts, right?

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Favorite memory from the internship?

“Hey Cameron, can you go pick up scuba tanks in Ann Arbor?”
“Hey Cameron, can you drive to Chicago right now?”

Kidding!

My favorite memory was when the guys took me out to the Crooked Ewe for my birthday!

A GIF or YouTube link that sums up your experience with TCP?

 

If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?

Timmy Turner from The Fairly Oddparents.

Funny / embarrassing story?

Singing karaoke with the gang in South Bend. (Rob had a good time, too.)

Rob had a good time, too.

 

As you can see, an internship with Third Coast Percussion is a great learning opportunity and a fun adventure. If you’re interesting in learning more about an internship with Third Coast, please contact Sean Connors at [email protected]. Keep checking back for more stories in our next Intern Spotlight, featuring Casey Collins!

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Intern Spotlight: Brianna Trainor

We’ve had some incredible interns join us at TCP over the years, and they often don’t get all the credit that they deserve for the hours and hours of work that they volunteer.  Over the next few months, we will put our former interns front and center for a much overdue round of applause in a series of Intern Spotlights.

First up, the extraordinary Brianna Trainor!

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Where are you from?

I grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin, and I completed my undergrad at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

When did you intern with TCP?

January through June of 2017

What is one thing about yourself that you’d want everyone to know?

I am a Björk fanatic.

Share a GIF or YouTube link that encapsulates your TCP experience!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leEyy3mT7KQ

If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?

I’ve been watching a LOT of Bob’s Burgers lately, so I’ll go with Gene Belcher for his unique sense of humor and musical hobbies.

How did you connect with TCP?

Sean was my studio teacher at UWSP for two years!

What are you up to these days?

I’m a graduate assistant at University of Missouri with the Mizzou New Music Ensemble!

Did you gain anything from the internship that you’d like to share?

Insight into the inner workings of a not-for-profit arts organization, particularly grant applications, logistics/operations, and collaboration between artists.

What else did you do while interning with TCP besides work with the group?

I was a member of Ayodele Drum & Dance, I took djembe lessons at The Stude Drum Class, and I worked at Tano’s Pizzeria.

Favorite memory from the internship?

A few: watching the run though of Glenn Kotche’s Wild Sound in the studio, performing Inuksuit in Arkansas, and watching TCP win the GRAMMY!

Funny / embarrassing story?

On my first day as an intern, I was given several printing tasks. I assumed that I was expected to print wireless from my laptop, which I had never done before. Even though all four ensemble members and Liz were in the office, I was too embarrassed to ask for help, so I frantically googled how to set it up and do it so I didn’t look ignorant. It took me half an hour but somehow I got the first document to print. When I walked across the room and picked up the papers, David said, “Did you just print wireless?” When I replied, “Yes, wasn’t I supposed to?” everyone’s heads whipped around astonished like I had just invented fire. Apparently I was the first person to ever do it! We spent the next 20 minutes setting it up on all of our laptops and celebrating by wireless printing random documents because we could. Everyone else was laughing from excitement about being able to take this new step into the future and never have to stand up to print anything anymore. I was laughing from the sheer relief that I hadn’t made myself look stupid on my first day of work. Good first impression: check.

Do you have a legacy / mark that you left with TCP, something of which you’re particularly proud?

Laying the foundation and setting the standard for the Office Assistant staff position.

Sean says:

Bri spent literally days of her life editing, scanning, and copying music for the US Premiere of Marta Ptaszynska’s Voice of the Winds, which was brought to life by 100 percussionists spread all over the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Click here to see a snippet of the project that would not have happened without Bri’s blood, sweat, and tears.

As you can see, an internship with Third Coast Percussion is a great learning opportunity and a fun adventure. If you’re interesting in learning more about an internship with Third Coast, please contact Sean Connors at: [email protected]. Keep checking back for more stories in our next Intern Spotlight, featuring Cameron Leach!

But before that, we’ll take you to Colin’s Corner to learn about the instruments and artwork that our brilliant Studio Manager, Colin Campbell, has been building for us. Here’s a sneak peek of his “Third Coasters”: putting the “fun” in “functional”!

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Our first Grammy Award!

We are honored and humbled to have won this year’s Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/ Small Ensemble Performance, for our album Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich, released on Cedille Records.

This is our first Grammy win, and it was our first nomination. This is also the first time a percussion ensemble has won a Grammy in a Chamber Music category. Our crazy art form has come a long way, and we’re so thankful to our colleagues in the percussion field, our teachers, and all of the great percussion ensembles that have come before us for elevating this music that we love so much.

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We also had the incredible honor of sharing the stage with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, who performed with us on the third movement Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet at the live Grammy pre-telecast performance. It was an unforgettable experience to perform with this exceptional musician.

Click here or on the image below to watch the video of the performance.

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Ravi is not only a phenomenal musician, he is a humble, down-to-earth guy who was an absolute pleasure to work with and hang with.

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We were fortunate to have our partners, family, our intrepid Managing Director, Liz, and some of our fantastic board of directors with us in L.A. for the festivities. We wouldn’t be where we are without them…plus they look good, don’t they?

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We also want to thank the incredible team that put this album together: producer, editor, mix, and master by Jesse Lewis, engineer Dan Nichols, assistant engineer Matt Ponio, and additional mastering by Kyle Pyke. Our amazing guest pianists David Friend and Oliver Hagen joined us on Sextet, and our mentor and friend Matthew Duvall joined us on Music for Pieces of Wood. Cedille Records was an absolute pleasure to work with throughout the project. The album was recorded at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, our home-away-from-home. Our managing director, Liz Pesnel, put forth an incredible effort towards this whole project, THANK YOU LIZ! And we also want to shout out our friends and neighbors Sonnenzimmer for the incredible album artwork.

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Oh yeah and it turns out we weren’t the only Chicago musicians at the Grammys.

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Announcing our 2017/18 Emerging Composers Partnership Collaborators

Please join us in congratulating Ayanna Woods and Timothy Page, the two composers selected for our 2017/18 Emerging Composers Partnership! We will be collaborating with both Ayanna and Timothy to create new works by each, which will premiere next season. Read more about these incredible music makers below, and click their names above to hear some of their music.

We received 190 applications for the partnership this year, more than twice the number we received last year! Applications were sent from over a dozen countries on 5 continents. We were all blown away by the sheer quantity of excellent music that is being created today. Thank you to everyone who submitted their music and ideas this year.

The deadline for submissions to the next round of the program (projects to be completed in the 2018/19 season) will be October 31, 2017.

Ayanna Woods

Ayanna Woods is a composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago, IL. She recently earned her BA in music at Yale University, where she studied composition with Andy Akiho, Kathryn Alexander and Konrad Kaczmarek. Woods’ pieces have been performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and the Nightingale Trio (a Balkan singing group), among others. Her music explores the spaces between acoustic and electronic, traditional and esoteric, wildly improvisational and mathematically rigorous. Currently, Woods is writing works on the theme of peace for the Chicago Children’s Choir and its alumni, and scoring a short film.

Timothy Page

Chicago-born composer, musician, and performance artist Timothy Page creates works that revolve around play with style and context, body, physical materials, and space. After a brief career in physics, Page left the U.S. for Finland to study composition with Veli-Matti Puumala at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He wound up putting down roots for nearly a decade, establishing himself in the Nordic contemporary music scene with performances and commissions throughout Scandinavia and Europe. He has worked with many of the leading Nordic ensembles and represented Finland around the world in festivals such as Nordic Music Days, ISCM, NYCEMF, ICMC, June in Buffalo, and Ostrava Days. In 2013 he returned to Chicago to pursue a PhD program in composition at University of Chicago, where he has studied with Augusta Read Thomas and Anthony Cheung. His work has recently taken a performative turn – but even at its most theatrical, it is typified by a primacy of sound and a preoccupation with rhythm.

Third Coast Percussion’s Emerging Composers Partnership is made possible by generous underwriting provided by Louise K. Smith, Cindy Sargent, and the Sargent Family Foundation.

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Photos from our Europe Tour

Here’s a bunch of pictures from our recent tour in Poland and the Netherlands.

Wroclaw, Poland

Nice to feel welcomed!

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The National Forum of Music, Wroclaw

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wroclaw family show

Family show. These kids are super-impressed that we can (sort of) count to 5 in Polish.

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Wild Sound! foto © Bogusław Beszłej/Archiwum NFM

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foto © Bogusław Beszłej/Archiwum NFM

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foto © Bogusław Beszłej/Archiwum NFM

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Packed house! foto © Bogusław Beszłej/Archiwum NFM

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We’ll autograph anything!

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These little guys are all around the city.

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Khinkali are the soup dumplings of eastern Europe.

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Paczkis are for real!

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Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Good sign- this is the first thing we see when we exit the train station!

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De Doelen at night

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Sound check

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They call it the “Red Sofa Series.”

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Kapsalon was the stage crew’s recommendation for post-concert food. It’s Schwarma over french fries. Luckily there’s that lettuce on top.

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Rotterdam has some amazing architecture…

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including these crazy cube apartments,

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which you can take a tour of,

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and all sorts of great art,

 

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like these clowns at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

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This one speaks for itself.

Market

The massive Market Hall is also pretty amazing.

 

Cross-Linx Festival: Eindhoven, Amsterdam, Rotterdam (again), Groningen

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We’re in the first line of fine print. First line!

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NWA

Again, speaks for itself.

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Killer venue in Amsterdam!

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Awesome to see Andrew Bird play live, along with the rest of a great festival line up!

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You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten some sort of hot breaded thing from a vending wall.

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Glenn Kotche during our set in Groningen. foto © Knelis

Groningen show

Serious lighting for our show. foto © Knelis

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