Repetition is widely known as one of the building blocks of expert performance. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect! To assess the neural implications of practice, Dr. Schutz spent his 2015-16 sabbatical as a Visiting Professor at Ryerson University’s SMART Lab, which led to an ongoing project using EEG to explore use of the Action Observation Network (AON) when processing musical movements.
This collaborative effort will build upon Dr. Russo’s previous work exploring the AON in other contexts, by examining whether it is triggered when trained percussionists watch musical movements they have previously performed repeatedly. If you are a percussionist and would like to participate, please click here for more information.
The festival featured performances from Jerry Noble (Dayton Philharmonic, Wright State University), Jonathan Ovalle (University of Michigan), Michael Wood (University of Waterloo), Nicholas Papador (Windsor University), Jamie Drake (TorQ), and Michael Murphy (University of Toronto).
Dr. Schutz gave a brief clinic discussing exercises for developing four mallet facility on the marimba, and then played two guitar transcriptions as part of a montage concert: Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega, and Prelude No 2 by Brazilian guitarist and composer Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Nicholas Papador (President of PAS Ontario) hosted this Day of Percussion event, which brought together many members of the Windsor percussion community, as well as percussionists and enthusiasts from around Southern Ontario.
The University of California MERCI (Music Experience Research Community Initiative) program sponsored a special lecture/recital at UC Davis. Dr. Schutz performed a variety of solo literature for percussion illustrating the musical basis for our team’s research including pieces for marimba, vibraphone, and snare drum. These solos illustrate the musical principles guiding the lab’s ongoing work on multi-sensory integration in musical performance and perception. It also served as an opportunity for the audience to learn about solo percussion literature, and discuss future research opportunities at the intersection of music performance and cognitive science.
This talk was being co-hosed Dr. Petr Janata (UC Davis) and Dr. Ramesh Balasubramaniam (UC Merced). An archived video of the performance is now available courtesy of MERCI, and can be found at http://merci.ucsd.edu/events/2016-03-11/ or by clicking the image below.
Dr. Schutz and David Gerry performed in the School of the Arts Lunchtime Recital Series at Convocation Hall. The program featured a variety of works for flute and percussion, including Homage to Keith Jarrett and Gary Burton (Barbar Kolb), First Flight (Michael Colquhoun), and Adriadne for Flute and Percussion (Lou Harrison). In addition to the duos, Gerry performed two solos: Wake Up! For piccolo and alarm clock (Dehnhard) and Valentine Piece (Gorecki). Schutz also performed two solos including Trilogy: Three movements for solo vibraphone (Huesgen), and Blues for Gilbert (Glentworth).