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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: Astor Piazzolla

David Zerkel: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

David Zerkel is one of the best tuba players in the world as you can hear from this clip.

Phrasing for days...

We were lucky enough to interview David for The Brass Junkies podcast which you can listen to via Soundcloud below the clip.

Also be sure to check out this set of quotes from one of David Zerkel's recent master classes. He is truly a master teacher.

David Zerkel Master Class at George Mason University

Enjoy this clip of Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion" for tuba and piano!

T'ang Quartet with Albert Tiu: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

I am lucky to call the four gentlemen in the T'ang Quartet longtime friends dating back to their time as faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute over a decade ago.

I was able to visit them in Singapore seven different times as a member of Boston Brass. One of those trips included a concert with them which was my single favorite concert I played with Boston Brass in 14 years.

They are joined in this clip by the fantastic pianist Albert Tiu to perform his arrangement of Astor Piazzolla's hauntingly beautiful Oblivion.


Monday YouTube Fix: Astor Piazzolla

Andrew Hitz

I personally can not name 10 musicians who have a more original sense of style and song than Astor Piazzolla. He turned the entire world of tango on its ear by breaking all the rules. His sense of phrasing is breathtaking and this is a great example.  I am really enjoying performing his Four Seasons this year with Boston Brass.  He was a true genius.