Dear Friends,

This is my first blog on my new website.  It is my hope that I can share something that will be of value to you and that will make a contribution to the world of music.  My years of professional performing, teaching, lecturing (and even some composing) have led me to this point.  

Growing up with a father who was both a clarinetist and an avant-garde composer gave me many opportunities to learn techniques such as quarter-tone fingerings, multiphonics, growling through the instrument, etc.  I premiered many of my Dad's pieces and recently archived his works for clarinet (solo and chamber) with the American Composers Alliance.  The ACA will loan them out (with only a small processing fee) if you're interested in performing his expressive and unique sounding music.  http://composers.com

Topics for future blogs include:  tools and strategies to deal with performance anxiety, how to avoid overuse syndrome, suggestions that may help you if you do  wind up having playing-related injuries.  I will also share what I know about the double-lip embouchure for clarinet--my Dad started me on double-lip and I've played that way my entire life. My father had studied with Gino Cioffi of the Boston Symphony and LOVED his warm sound quality achieved by the double-lip embouchure.   

And since klezmer playing has become such a huge part of my professional life in the last 20 years I will, of course, write many blogs on that topic.  For now, though, I would just like to close with this thought--whenever you play try and feel that you are just giving and offering your gift of music.  Be filled with humility--the sense that you are one small part of a larger whole--and try to put service to the music (and to the audience ) first. This will make you One with the music and can profoundly deep your experience of performing.

With all good thoughts--

Robin

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