Elements of Contemporary Clarinet Technique
by Andy Hudson & Roger Zare
Inspired by the periodic table of elements, “Elements of Contemporary Clarinet Technique” takes the advancing clarinetist through a series of progressive concert etudes that address techniques both fundamental and extended. Chock full of dazzling new works for our present age, this exciting collection explores foundational techniques like effective slurring, light articulation, and stable breath support while also laying the groundwork for clarinetists to explore modern processes like circular breathing, double and slap tonguing, multiphonics, and more.
Each etude, crafted by award-winning composer Roger Zare (who has been praised by the New York Times for his “enviable grasp of orchestration), draws its inspiration from a different element of the periodic table: “Silver” and “Gold” shimmer with lustrous connections, “Oxygen” demands extreme breath control, and “Neon” sparkles in the upper register. This collection also features a rollicking guest etude from celebrated composer Viet Cuong (called “alluring” and “wildly inventive” by the New York Times). Each of the 22 etudes is introduced and explored with a written masterclass and performance guide from acclaimed clarinetist Andy Hudson, who breaks down the technical and musical challenges of each etude, making this an invaluable resource for the progressing clarinetist. A foreword by Eric P. Mandat introduces the work.
A true collaboration between composer and pedagogue, “Elements of Contemporary Clarinet Technique” sees longtime collaborators Roger Zare and Andy Hudson set the standard for the modern etude book in terms of progressive growth, nuanced musical development, and performance application. This is a must-have for every modern music collection.
Coming Winter 2022: 'halfway home' on Potenza Records
I am delighted that the recording process is finished for my debut solo album! Funded by generous grants from ArtsGreensboro and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, this project features world premiere recordings of music by Cassie Wieland, brin solomon, Theresa Martin, Rossa Crean, Ledah Finck, Jessica Rudman, and Anna Meadors. I am excited that my terrific UNCG colleagues Inara Zandmane (piano) and Anthony Taylor (clarinet) also appear on the record.
J BASS to perform at ICA ClarinetFest in Fort Worth, TX
This Summer, I am honored that J BASS, a bass clarinet quartet featuring Danny Mui (NYC Ballet), Taylor Eiffert (Winnipeg Symphony), and David Boutin-Bourque (Erie Symphony), and myself, will be performing a concert at the ICA's ClarinetFest 2021 in Fort Worth. We will play music by Cornelius Boots, premiere a brand new piece by Erin Cameron, and have a few surprises as well.
"Sisyphus" Residency at Greensboro Project Space
"Each new day is a new burden, a new journey. Each day, the same burden, the same journey."
'Sisyphus' pushes the burden up the hill. Over and over, he pours the fullness of his strength into the task, emptying himself to move the rock another inch. Eventually, as before, he crumbles under its weight and finds himself tumbling down again, like humpty dumpty or the evening rain. Each new day is a new burden, a new journey. Each day, the same burden, the same journey. Another attempt to crest the hill.
Life during the pandemic has brought with it the rolling drive of monotony. Days, weeks, even months blur together as we struggle to achieve even the most menial tasks. Like Sisyphus, we feel the weight of each moment as they stack, one on another, until the feather-light days have become a heavy and crushing burden. We become the architecture: bricks upon bricks, cascading city blocks and fire escapes, individual elements that become heavy as they are stacked atop each other, seemingly immovable.
'Sisyphus' is a performance that explores these concepts of stacking and repetition, of pushing our burden up the hill again, as we observe them externally and internally. The music layers upon itself like every new/old day, and yet through this repetition we find color, strength, even whimsy. Whether in literal or metaphysical ways, we find that the present burden affords creative possibilities that once seemed impossible: through the heaviness and repetition of life, we find new meaning and expression.
Featuring music by Cassie Wieland, Eric P. Mandat, and Steve Reich, 'Sisyphus' program explores musical soundscapes that recur, relapse, and evolve, and concludes with the world premiere of a new work by Andy Hudson.
Artist Talk on Wednesday 11/4, at 7:30 PM. Concerts on Friday, 11/6, at 6, 7, and 8 PM, at Greensboro Project Space.
Artist-Clinician, Buffet Crampon
Twenty years ago, when I bought my first Buffet clarinet, I had no idea how long the journey would be. That instrument unlocked something within me, and showed me what it meant to express myself. Ever since, I have exclusively played on Buffet clarinets because I know that I can depend on their unmatched quality of sound, nuance of color, and ease of expression. Simply put, I depend on these instruments to allow my artistry to shine.
It is for this reason and so many more that I am elated to announce I am joining the Buffet Crampon family as an Artist-Clinician! It is a consummate honor to partner with Buffet and come alongside the good work they are doing across the country and around the world. Buffet has made the world's finest clarinets for nearly 200 years, and they continue to serve our industry with their innovation and refinement of the instrument.
It is simply a pleasure to play Buffet. #WeAreBuffet
World Premiere Video:
Stacy Garrop's "The Battle for the Ballot" w/
The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
Check out this amazing video of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra giving the digital World Premiere of Stacy Garrop's new work, "The Battle for the Ballot," written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in America. This video is a technological masterpiece, stitched together by Cabrillo Festival percussionist Svet Stoyanov, from more than 60 individual videos. Enjoy, and please register to VOTE!
Joining the Rovner Products Family
It is my great pleasure to announce that I have joined the Rovner Products family as a Rovner Ambassador! I have performed on Rovner ligatures for twenty years, and I depend on them for their ease of response and focused, ringing tone. Rovner is a special company that actively gives back to its community and its players, and I am excited to come alongside and support the good work they are doing!
I am also grateful to be partnering with Rovner to support the outstanding work of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival, an organization I have loved and championed for more than a decade. Through my longstanding partnership with TVMF and the HYO, I have had the pleasure to meet and mentor dozens and dozens of emerging musicians from the Southeast United States and Costa Rica. It means the world to have Rovner's support in this endeavor, and we'd love for you to join us in this endeavor.