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Post No. 2057
08/14/2008 08:22 PM
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Iron Man in Vermont!

Well, my Iron Man on youtube has over 120 hits and 3 comments. Not bad for 4 days!

Tomorrow I will have a radio interview on WWPV, Burlington VT, with DJ Seamus, aka Edward Burke, who often signs in here. It will be fun to see him again. I think it will only be broadcast locally, so if you are up in Vermont, tune in, turn on, and drop out!

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Post No. 2056
08/10/2008 04:33 PM
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Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!


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Post No. 2055
08/10/2008 11:46 AM
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You missed it!

If you didn't see my version of "On the Street Where You Live", you missed it! I took it down. It was okay, but I can do better. I may put up another version. We'll see.

Meanwhile the video for "Belly Button Ring" is in the final editing stage. Hopefully that will be ready soon. Maybe a few other videos too.

My book Beyond Faith is also in the final editing phase. My CD Celtar is in the design phase. A lot of exciting things will be happening soon!
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Post No. 2054
08/08/2008 10:45 AM
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Broadway Fan?

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Post No. 2053
08/07/2008 04:21 PM
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Gershwin Anyone?

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Post No. 2052
08/05/2008 06:50 PM
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Hey wanna see something cool?

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Post No. 2051
08/05/2008 10:15 AM
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Circa 1965

Mr. Mendelssohn! Pat Greco! Louis Marshal! Tommy! All the names come flooding in from our past. The first time I heard Tommy was in sleep away camp somewhere up near Roscoe, New York. I remember being so impressed with the concept of a "rock opera". Those were my formative years when I decided to become a musician and it seemed like rock and classical music were going to influence each other forever. I saw my future as a classically influenced rock star starting then. Who knew that Disco would take over ... and then Rap! We became a lost generation caught between the experimental sixties and the disco generation. "Stayin alive, stayin alive". That is why so many years later I am still "trying to make it". Actually, its more like waiting for the world to travel to another stargate through which my music and ideas can flow.

I remember going back to P.S. 276 toward then end of high school. I walked around the building and hung out in that little playground with that one semi-ciricle monkey bar thing. Anyway, who should walk by but Mr. Mendelsohhn. Suddenly I looked at him not as my childhood music teacher, but as a man with a job in the music business. I said to myself, "Wow, he sure found himself a nice little niche!" And I kept repeating to myself, "Mr. Mendelsohhn, Mr. Mendelsohhn..."

I wonder now if he was related to Felix Mendelsohhn, the great composer. You never know. How many Mendelsohhns are there?
Lori Kozlin 

Post No. 2050
08/04/2008 06:20 PM
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Memories & Mr. Ed

I don't remember many details, but I do remember how I felt at times back in the JHS 68 days. Orchestra was my safe time each day. I loved the sound of the strings and the feel of the bow. I loved how so many very different people could produce one sound. And most importantly, every one was equal in music, because who really could judge- music is subjective.

You mentioned Neil K. and Pat. I do remember them. Pat Greco lived on my block and we were friendly back in the day. I listened to the whole Tommy album for the first time at her house.

On to Music Education. I think there was/is disfunction in public school music programs, however there are many excellent programs in some districts throughout NYS. NYC really didn't pay enough to attract the best talent, but just having the opportunity to be involved in music as a student was something I would have otherwise not been given. So, for me the music program was a success. It wasn't much but it was something.

I live out in Suffolk county and my kids all went through the music program starting in 2nd grade. Every child is in chorus and every child plays the recorder in Connetquot. More than half the student body stays in the music program in some way through high school. The teachers are artists as well and are chosen for orchestra/ band/ jazz band/ chorus etc, depending on their specialty. The only program that the school farmed out for was percussion. I know that other districts were not as comprehensive, and it truly is a loss for the kids. My oldest daughter, now 26, still plays her flute for enjoyment in her community. She never wanted to be a master musician, but she loved being part of a band. My youngest daughter played drums until the end of high school and now at 19 just listens (to some really strange music). The middle daughter sings with the radio.

It would be wonderful if all music programs could be comprehensive and if everyone agreed to fund them. So many people in our area complain about the music program when it comes time to vote for the school budget each year. Luckily there has always been enough people who see the value.

Just my thoughts.....Where can people go to see Von Cello play in public?

Also, thank you for the warm welcome.

Post No. 2049
08/04/2008 11:31 AM
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All The Things You Are

Aaron, you probably didn't know this, but your version of All The Things You Are was a bit of a tribute to Canarsie. The reason is that back in the old days, the music teacher (Mr. Mendelsohn, a great name for a music teacher!) for P.S. 276 used the tune for All The Things You Are for the school song. P.S. 276 was "Louis Marshall Elementary School" and had school colors of white and blue. Even now, 35 years later, I can still remember the lyrics that were sung to the tune of All The Things You Are:

We sing
of Louis Marshall's splendor
And memories so tender
and true
We pledge
Our loyalty forever
And praise and honor
The school of the white and blue
The knowledge we've acquired
We owe to you
The dreams that you've inspired
Will keep us true, to
Louis Marshall
Your greatest gift of wisdom
The power to think clearly
The power to be free
We dedicate our hearts
To thee

Not a bad memory for an old guy, huh?
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Post No. 2048
08/04/2008 12:07 AM
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This ones for the jazz lovers ...

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Post No. 2047
08/03/2008 09:55 PM
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Be the first one to see the new Von Cello video!

There is still a chance to be the first!

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Post No. 2046
08/03/2008 09:42 PM
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Jazz Is Cool

The gig was really amazing. It started out as a normal clubdate type of gig. We were playiing for a backyard wedding in the town of Katonah. Then the storm clouds started to roll in so they moved the whole wedding into the house. It was then that you could really hear the trio. Even so, we played really soft, the perfect volume for people to eat and drink and hear the music but not have it get in the way. After a while people started clapping after every song. The fact that they were actually listening made us play even better.

Then little by little the sax player started to call faster tunes and next thing you know we are playing Twist and Shout. I thought the couple would get angry since they asked for jazz but next thing you know everyone is up an dancing! We ended up doing a whole Motown set. The only thing that brought it to an end was that it was cake cutting time, and the musicians were fed the complete dinner. Yeah!

Then we went back into sweet jazz tunes like It Had to be You, My Funny Valentine, and even a jazzy version of Apple Blossom White into Never on a Sunday. The bride agreed to overtime so we did a 5th hour and they were so happy they paid us double!

You could say it was a success!

Post No. 2045
08/03/2008 05:05 PM
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Strings and Jazz and Blues and ...

Hey, a new guest! Welcome, Lori. Me, I'm relatively new here (since last Jan., but don't even remember how I got here ...) and being from the Netherlands, have no link to Canarsie, but even I thought it was fun checking some of the old archives of the guestbook. You should take def'ly a look.

Aaron, tell us about the jazz gig!

Meanwhile, just discovered a young French "classical" string-4 going astray - here at about 1:30:00 on.
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Post No. 2044
08/03/2008 01:24 PM
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Mr. Ed

Anyone remember Mr. Ed? He, of course, was a horse. But there is also something known as Music Ed ... that is short for the college major of Music Education. I was a performance major in college, but I took Ed. courses later on.

We at Bildersee were products of a problem in the musical education system of New York State. Actually it is probably nationwide. And that is that they have unqualified people teaching music. For instance, Rosen was a clarinet player. Why was he teaching strings? Later in high school the string orchestra teacher was a trombone player whose favorite music was Sousa marches! How could one get inspired to study the music of Beethoven and Brahms when your teacher is a marching band fan?
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Post No. 2043
08/02/2008 11:05 PM
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The Name Game

I'm terrible with names. I'm sure if I saw a picture I would remember. It's weird but all I remember from that orchestra was two male cellists because we went on in high school to become good friends. I'm talking about Neil Korman and Stuey Troyetsky. They became my best friends but in Bildersee we were more or less acquaintances. I remember there was a girl named Pat because she became Neil's girlfriend. There was also a girl named Beth who I think became Stuey's girllfriend. Maybe because I was a year younger than the people in my grade, I was too scared of girls at that point to date anyone. That all changed in 10th grade. Actually there was another girl in the orchestra who I ended up dating but that was in 12th grade.

Why am I telling you all this?

If you have any memories to share from that time I'd love to hear them. There are a few Canarsie people who check out this guestbook pretty often. I'm sure we'll hear from one of them soon.

It's weird but I can see that room in the basement now where we used to rehearse. Remember the exposed large basement pipes in the ceiling. I bet they were covered with asbestos! Great! But I can see Mr. Rosen now in the back of the room as we faced him. Mr. Presti is at Rosen's desk sharpening a bow so he can stick people with it. What a crazy zoo that school was! But we did have some amazing times.
Lori Kozlin 

Post No. 2042
08/02/2008 11:54 AM
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Kozlin is my maiden name

I loved that orchestra. I sat next to you in 7th, 8th and most of 9th grade. You were cello 1, and I was #2. I moved in the middle of 9th grade to the island, and never played my cello again, except when I came back to play at graduation. I remember, you being very sweet and a much better cellist than me (obviously)
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Post No. 2041
08/02/2008 11:24 AM
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The Bildersee Sympathy Orchestra

Wow, I love when this happens. Did you have a different last name?
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Post No. 2040
08/02/2008 11:05 AM
Email Lori Kozlin  
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Remember me?

Hi Aaron: We played cello together in Mr. Rosen's orchestra. I googled Canarsie and there you were. I am happy you are doing well.
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Post No. 2039
08/01/2008 10:15 PM
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The Main Difference Between Europe and the United States


Post No. 2038
08/01/2008 09:18 AM
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hi im in satin island new york
my sis house
america is cheap since i earn euros at 150 is 1 euro
saw the water falls by boat in manhattan

im surprised at the fatties here in the usa
everybody eating crap and never walking
really big asses.
big bellies
any thinies out there
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Post No. 2037
07/29/2008 10:38 PM
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Jazz Cello

The trio will be sax, keyboard, and cello. The cello will act as the bass line, except that if the keyboard covers it the cello can do harmony lines, chords, etc. The cello can also get melodies and take solos. It will be one of those situations where you have to feel your way around and figure out who is going to play when as you go along. That is one of the most fun parts of club dates. The element of chance and surprise is what keeps it interesting.

Post No. 2036
07/29/2008 02:11 PM
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Jazz trio

Hey, part of a jazz trio - so what's the other instruments? I'm curious! I love the double bass + piano + percussion/drums trio's or even d bass and piano as a duet.

About the BB - eh, I now think I prefer these guys: Conjunto Iberico & Pilar Jurado - over the Festival set up. Saw them once in the small city of Sluis in the south of the Netherlands - near Belgium and I'll never forget the stage presence of this soprano - this was so great. Not only Villa Lobos, other pieces as well, a real eye-opener. This cello octet is based in NL, it was created by a Spanish cellist who I think still teaches at the Utrecht Conservatory and usually has very international (but ever changing) members. Worth while to check out! Ah, the sound of many cello's blending well together ...
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Post No. 2035
07/29/2008 12:39 PM
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Bachianas Brazileras

A great piece. I heard it done live at the New York Violoncello Society. It was a small gathering of about a hundred people so the performers were very close. The soprano was fabulous. She sang so sweetly yet articulately, and she was very pleasant to watch. I love how Villa Lobos was able to create a distinctly Brazilian cello work using a counterpoint similar to Bach. He was one of my early inspirations in creating a North American cello sound.

This weekend I will have a very nice gig. I will be part of a jazz trio playing at a private backyard party. The other musicians are veteran jazz players so it should be fun. So far the weather looks like it will cooperate.

Post No. 2034
07/29/2008 01:01 AM
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Bacchianas Brasileiras # 5

More from the same summer festival for those interested: on the same link, "en directe", tonight 7 PM, guess that's 1 PM EDST, Villa Lobos' piece for soprano and (in this case) 8 celli. Should be great to watch. Concert available afterwards too, as free VOD. What's better than 1 cello, after all !

Post No. 2033
07/29/2008 12:39 AM
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Medici and young pianist

Struck me too, when I saw that site for the first time last year. Still haven't figured out!

The pianist is from CA and indeed only 15 - and what I like - he doesn't behave as one of those too young, too quickly too famous types. Plays these variations very nice. These and the other variations aren't played so often - maybe need some more work and more understanding to make the hidden qualities come out?

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