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Hall of Ghosts (for Solo Piccolo)

Hall of Ghosts was composed in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown period; it was inspired by piccoloist Gudrun Hinze’s video for Harberg’s Prayer Project filmed in the hauntingly empty Gewandhaus Chamber Music Hall. Evocative of imagined spirits in the empty hall, the music pits dramatic silences, amid searching and plaintive phrases of the piccolo, against […]

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Cantilena (for Solo Horn)

Composed for renowned hornist Andrew Pelletier, a member of Local 5 (Detroit, MI) and Local 15-286 (Toledo, OH), Adler’s Cantilena is a two-movement contemporary affair perfect for the recital program. The first movement begins “slowly and very expressively,” as Adler fashions his horn song based on a traditional Jewish chant. Alternatively, the second movement is […]

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Universal Microphone Shockmount

The new Gator studio microphone universal shockmount for large-diaphragm condenser mics improves clarity in recordings by isolating the mic from intrusive vibrations. Features a sturdy spring clip that opens up the inner diameter for inserting the microphone, EVA foam interior lining that keeps the mic safely mounted and protects against scratches, and heavy-duty steel construction. […]

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Sensaphonics 3DME Custom Tour IEM System

Tour-Ready In-Ear Monitor System The Sensaphonics 3DME Custom Tour is a custom-fit IEM system that captures room sound with full 3D directionality. The ambient sound is added to the monitor feed via the system’s USB-rechargeable bodypack mixer, at levels fully controlled by the user. The bodypack also houses signal processing, including a seven-band stereo graphic […]

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Meinl Percussion Cantina Line Cajon

Punchy Tone Cajon Adjustable strings and an extra thick wooden sound port ring for bass compression gives the Meinl Percussion Cantina Line cajon a wide dynamic range of highs and lows. Two sets of six micro-coiled metal cajon strings give a snapping snare effect and are adjustable. The Baltic birch resonating body develops the sound […]

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D’Addario XS Coated Guitar Strings

The new D’Addario XS coated guitar strings offer a new, thin film coating (1/10 the thickness of a human hair) that protects the wound strings from corrosion without dampening the tone. This new film covering is combined with D’Addario’s proprietary dispersion coating to protect the plain steel strings as well. The XS also incorporate D’Addario’s […]

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Buffet Crampon Légende Oboe

Oboe Innovation The new Buffet Crampon Légende oboe model is complimentary to the Buffet Crampon professional oboe family for its qualities of accuracy, flexibility, centered tone, and projection. Particular attention has been paid to the acoustic quality, the harmonic spectrum, the ease of response, and depth of sound. The Légende is part of the new […]

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Nancy Wilson Fanatic Guitar

Be a Fanatic The Nancy Wilson Fanatic guitar is created and co-designed by Nancy Wilson of Heart, member of Local 76-493 (Seattle, WA), and the luthiers at Epiphone. The Fanatic features a classic nighthawk shaped mahogany body and a figured maple veneer top. It comes equipped with ProBucker humbuckers, a five-way pickup selector switch for a […]

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JodyJazz DV

Free-blowing Power The JodyJazz DV Series saxophone mouthpieces are 24-karat gold-plated metal that deliver free-blowing power with a full tone. The DV has a chamber/bore/facing combination, while the patented ‘Secondary Window’ design eliminates the shrillness associated with metal pieces. This mouthpiece works efficiently, the articulation is clean, and one can easily go from low to […]

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Freelance Percussionist Chihiro Shibayama Says Community is Key to Success

As an Asian woman, freelance percussionist Chihiro Shibayama of Local 802 (New York City) feels a certain sense of responsibility working in a male-dominated field. “I am definitely aware of my status,” says Shibayama, citing a recent statistic of how few female drummers hold Broadway chairs in theater pits. “To be fair,” she adds, “that’s […]

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