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The Charke/Cormier Duo Play Contemporary

The Charke/Cormier Duo will perform a concert of contemporary works at The Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance on June 4, 2016 at 8:00PM.

The programme is as follows:
Programme
Toward the Sea (1981) – Toru Takemitsu

I. The Night
II. Moby Dick
III. Cape Cod

Wired & Released (2013) – Derek Charke

II. And

Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes (1988) – Celso Machado

I. Paçoca (Choro)
II. Quebra Queixo (Choro)
III. Piazza Vittorio (Choro Maxixe)
IV. Algodão Doce (Samba)
V. Sambossa (Bossa Nova)
VI. Pé de Moleque (Samba Choro)

~ ~ Intermission ~ ~
The Engine Continuum (2013) – Derek Charke

Ex Tempore (2016) – Derek Charke

World Premiere

Histoire du Tango (1986) – Astor Piazzolla

I. Bordell – 1900
II. Café – 1930
III. Nightclub – 1960
IV. Concert d’aujourd’hui

http://www.lampns.ca/concerts.php
http://www.lampns.ca/contact.php
Ticket Price: $26.10+tax

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Soundboard & Soundboard Scholar

I’ve been holding off making this announcement, but I’m going to go ahead and post it: I am now the musical engraver for the magazines “Soundboard” & “Soundboard Scholar”!

A few years back I became a member of the Guitar Foundation of America and from that time forward I was thinking about how I could contribute to the GFA. My answer came as a combination of my specific talents and knowledge. Who better to typeset music and musical excerpts than a guy who’s taught rudiments and music technology? Combine that with a deep love of the guitar, aesthetics of scoring, and a complete computer nerd and you’ve got me in a nutshell.

I’ve submitted all the scores for the next issue of Soundboard and am now just doing some work on Soundboard Scholar. How am I doing this typesetting? Open source of course… I’m using Lilypond as the vehicle to typeset. Unlike other notation programs like Finale/Sibelius it is rules based and it creates the layouts itself (everything right down to the arch of a slur and how far the end points are from noteheads). I’ve spent the last 6 months working on my own ‘house rules’ and creating a cheat sheet for classical guitar. I believe the result to be something truly special.

All this has happened while I quietly launched a new link in this site’s menu called ‘Stella Pulvis’ (Ok so I’m not only a computer/guitar geek, but also a space guy…. the name is Latin meaning ‘space dust’, from a famous Carl Sagan quote). ‘Stella’ is my freelance typesetting service. I’ve already been very busy with 10+ scores this summer. Since Lilypond is open source software and free, I will donate part of any income I make from this endeavor back to the developers of the software as my little thank you to them.

I’ll be posting examples of the notation here soon under the ‘Stella’ link, and I encourage you to take a look when they appear and if you like my  work and have something you’d like notated, get in touch!

Eugene

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Classical Guitar News

I’m quite busy practicing these days and I have a couple of exciting projects to share with you:

1. I’ve been working with our school’s composition/flute prof, Derek Charke, putting together a concert of Classical Guitar and Flute music. So far we’ve chosen to perform a set of pieces by Celso Machado, Histoire du Tango by Piazzolla, and I’m working on my continuo chops on Bach’s Flute Sonata (BWV 1034). Should be a really great concert! (I’m always amazed at the guitar writing of Piazzolla, for a non guitarist he sure knew how to toe the line of unplayable without going over!!)

2. I’m preparing two pieces of Shawn Bell, Currents I & II, for recording. I performed Currents II many years ago and loved the piece so it’s nice to revisit it with a bit more wisdom. It’s my first time working on Currents I and I have to say that this is another of Shawn’s gems! It shares similar rhytmic pulses and harmony with Currents II, but has a very different feel overall. You can now purchase Shawn’s pieces from D’Oz for the first time here:
http://www.productionsdoz.com/en/currents-i-ii

These are really great guitar works, and I’m so happy that Shawn has finally published them officially!
Eugene

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My initiation to programming: Rudi

Exciting news: I’ve created a new program which randomly generates music theory/rudiments worksheets and corresponding answer keys. I’ve been working on this a few months and I’ve got most of the bugs worked out.
To use the program itself you need to download the source and you have to have Python3 and lilypond installed on linux.
The code can be found here:
https://github.com/eugenecormier/rudi

If you don’t want to do it the ‘hard’ way, a former guitar student of mine is creating a web interface, you just go to the website, click the options you want and poof! you get two pdfs to print off and use.
Justin’s website can be found here:
http://rudiapp.com/

Of course all the code is free to use, change… basically do whatever you want with… I wrote this to help my life out at university, now I give it away freely to whoever else wants it (my thanks to the open source community, Python, and of course Lilypond)

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Shattering the Silence – in one week!!!

Shattering the Silence, Acadia’s New Music Festival starts next week and the guitar department will be well represented. The Acadia guitar quartet is going to play Philip Glass’ 3rd String Quartet (Mishima), Leo Brouwer’s Cuban Landscape With Rain & a brand new piece from Martin Campbell (Acadia composition student) called ‘Perspectives’.

It should be a great series. See the following link for more information:
ShatteringTheSilence.ca

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Tom Regan Memorial Concert tonight!

There’s going to be lots of classical guitar offerings at the TR concert tonight including:

  • The Acadia Guitar Quartet (Me, Alec Leard, Matthew Martin & Jeff Torbert) will play the entire 3rd String Quartet by Philip Glass
  • The Cormier/Martin Guitar Duo will play Jongo by Paulo Bellinati
  • And Alec Leard, winner of this year’s Tom Regan auditions will be performing Tango en Skai by Roland Dyens
  • Should be a great night, everything gets started at 7:30.

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    ORO! Orkestra – Turko-Balkan Dance Musik

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve been invited to join ORO!, a Turkish/Balkan Dance band. We’ve had a few rehearsals and it’s very fun music to play. We also have a number of performances coming up starting with this coming weekend and the Deep Roots Music Festival. Keep an eye on upcoming performances below, and be sure to check out ORO’s website and some of their videos.

    http://oro-orkestra.com/

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    Reich…

    So I’ve just gotten home from a few weeks on the road. Edmonton and Montreal were great. I got to hear many good players while I was out, but I’m very happy to be home again. The next thing that I’m getting ready for is another concert playing the great Steve Reich piece 2×5….time to dust off the strat again 🙂

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    Upcoming Concerts/Masterclasses etc..

    Well it’s official, I’ll be judging the 2012 Montreal Guitar Competition this year again! you can read more about that here. I’ll be playing a concert as well as a masterclass that weekend which is right after I return from adjudicating the Edmonton Kiwanis (busy April this year). Also I’ve added some non-classical-guitar gigs to my upcoming events as well including: 2×5 Steve Reich (an amazing piece for 2 rock bands….I had to dust off the ol’ strat 🙂 and I’ll be playing in the Thomas Regan concert this coming weekend (Friday) with Matt Martin and playing Banjo in Kurt Weill’s Three Penny Opera on Sunday.
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    Gentoo on the MacBook Air

    It’s been a very long time since I posted anything, so it’s my new year’s resolution to do more this year. This first post of the year will be a computer post. Over the holidays I picked up a MacBook Air, and I have to say I love the design. Some of the highlights include: back-lit keyboard, multi-touch trackpad, fans & speakers hidden in the joint between the display and the keyboard & aluminium case. Apple really does a great job with design. But of course, I hate the simplicity of MacOSX. Yes I know it’s built on top of Darwin, but I like to be able to tinker with “everything” and run all my favorite programs. So the first thing to do when I got it was to delete everything and put on Linux. I won’t go through every detail, but I will mention the things that did not work out of the box. Hope this helps someone else!

    ##################################
    # MacOSX fixes – Do this before
    # removing MacOSX
    ##################################

    If you use only Linux, boot hangs for 30 seconds waiting for the Mac partition. To override this issue the following command (from MacOSX):
    bless –device /dev/disk0s1 –setBoot –legacy –verbose

    To stop the boot mac sound, issue the following command:
    /usr/sbin/nvram SystemAudioVolume=%01

    ##################################
    # Wireless Card
    # note the two <M>, these MUST be
    # built as modules for the wifi
    # card to work
    ##################################

    edit: in kernel 3.2+ you must turn off BCMA to get BRCM softmac enabled, which is now under drivers/network (not staging)

     

    Install: sys-kernel/linux-firmware

    [*] Networking support —>
    -*- Wireless —>
    <*> cfg80211 – wireless configuration API
    [*] Wireless extensions sysfs files
    <*> Common routines for IEEE802.11 drivers
    <*> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

    Device Drivers —>
    Broadcom specific AMBA —>
    <M> BCMA support
    [*] Support for BCMA on PCI-host bus
    [*] Staging drivers —>
    <M> Broadcom IEEE802.11n PCIe SoftMAC WLAN driver

    ##################################
    # Intel Video Card
    ##################################

    edit: the hack below is not needed in kernels newer than 3.2

    I found this solution here: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=39533#c25

    first edit /usr/src/linux/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/intel_bios.c
    and after the:
    DRM_DEBUG_KMS(“Found panel mode in BIOS VBT tables:\n”);
    drm_mode_debug_printmodeline(panel_fixed_mode);
    lines add the following:
    panel_fixed_mode->hdisplay = 1366;
    panel_fixed_mode->hsync_start = 1398;
    panel_fixed_mode->hsync_end = 1566;
    panel_fixed_mode->htotal = 1734;
    panel_fixed_mode->vdisplay = 768;
    panel_fixed_mode->vsync_start = 772;
    panel_fixed_mode->vsync_end = 776;
    panel_fixed_mode->vtotal = 792;
    panel_fixed_mode->clock = 72500;
    panel_fixed_mode->type = 0x48;
    panel_fixed_mode->flags = 0xa;
    drm_mode_set_name(panel_fixed_mode);

    Graphics support —>
    <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support) —>
    <*> Intel 8xx/9xx/G3x/G4x/HD Graphics
    [*] Enable modesetting on intel by default

    ##################################
    # Intel Audio Card
    ##################################

    This worked automatically with pulseaudio, BUT I had to install gnome-alsamixer and turn up the “Surround” volume to get the speakers working

    ##################################
    # Webcam
    ##################################

    install the media-video/isight-firmware-tools
    download: http://www.mediafire.com/?81xtkqyttjt

    then ift-extract –apple-driver AppleUSBVideoSupport

    ##################################
    # SSD enhancements
    ##################################

    fstab should include (in this case sda1 is the ssd, the tmpfs is for gentoo to not compile on the ssd):
    /dev/sda1 / ext4 discard,noatime,data=ordered 0 1
    tmpfs /var/tmp/portage tmpfs nodev,nosuid,mode=1777 0 0

    add the following to the /boot/grub/grub.conf kernel line:
    elevator=noop