PROJECT Trio at the Palace!

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Callum’s preview of PROJECT Trio‘s performance with the Canton Symphony:
October 19, 2013 at the Canton Palace Theatre

I can’t wait for this concert. It is going to be awesome, and I am really going to enjoy it, because PROJECT Trio is going to be playing. I bet they are excited to play with the Canton Symphony again because they all played in the orchestra before when they were students. The orchestra and PROJECT Trio are all so talented. They will sound so great together, and you will probably never find this kind of concert again locally, because who knows when they are going to come back and play with the Canton Symphony again. I hope as many people as possible can come. The flute player is who I am looking forward to the most, because he is a beatboxing flutist and is really awesome. But all three of the members are awesome, so I am going to talk a little bit about each of them.

Peter Seymour, the double bassist, won the Downbeat Magazine Award for the Best Jazz Soloist and has played with Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove and Bobby McFerrin. He cares a lot about education and has put together events at schools all across the world where PROJECT Trio has performed for and worked with over 150,000 students. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s Degree in Bass Performance from Rice University. The group’s cellist is Eric Stephenson. Eric is an amazing cellist, and he also plays tenor sax and composes, which I think is really cool. He was also a regular substitute cellist for the Cleveland Orchestra, and he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees with Honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The third member is the most unique, and my favorite, the beatboxing flutist, Greg Pattillo. The New York Times said that “Greg is the best person in the world at what he does.” I think I mentioned this before, but my favorite video by him is his “Mario Medley.” He plays the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme song, and then the underground theme song. Mario is one of my favorite platform games, and it started all the way back in 1981, and it is really famous. It was basically the start of real video games. Anyway, Greg has millions of YouTube views, and also made a guest appearance on iCarly, one of my sister’s favorite shows. I recommend checking out some of his videos on YouTube because he is awesome, and has some really fun and cool videos of him playing theme songs and stuff like that.

But the whole trio has a lot of videos, too, and they’re also really cool and awesome. In one of the videos on their site, they play Blue Rondo a la Turk by Dave Brubeck, and I love his music. In another one of their videos, they play their own version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. They’re going to play Peter and the Wolf with the Canton Symphony, and a video that I really love is of Greg playing that, and it is really cool. I have always loved Peter and the Wolf, and I thought it was awesome when I saw him play it. There is also an amazing video of him playing Flight of the Bumblebee, which is really hard, judging by how fast it is. When the camera is right in front of him filming, I don’t know how he doesn’t get spit on the camera lens. My dad said they they probably had to use a telephoto lens.

He also did a video where he beatboxed on a bass flute, which sounded really cool and different, and came as a surprise to me after hearing his videos on the regular flute. The bass flute is of course bigger, and a lot lower, so it sounded so weird when he beatboxed on it. There is another video where he played the Muppets theme song and then played Darth Vader’s theme and some other music from Star Wars, and then goes back to the Muppets theme again in the end. I think that that is a really weird combination of tunes, Muppets and Star Wars, because they are two completely different things. Another video by the flute player that I really like is of him playing the piano and the flute at the same time. I have done that a lot with my piano and trombone, just not beatboxing of course. I don’t think that there is a single brass instrument that you can beatbox on because it will mess up your embouchure. Greg kind of reminds me of the flutist from Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, because Ian does all these weird kinds of things on his flute like sing and growl when he is playing, and does some things that kind of sound like percussion. Here is a link to some videos by an amazing Jethro Tull tribute band that my piano teacher plays in: Minstrels in the Gallery @ The Winchester – May 17, 2013

I think it’s awesome how PROJECT Trio plays hip hop, jazz, classical, and rock all mixed together. You usually never hear all those kinds of music played by the same group. This concert is going to be so awesome, and everybody who goes will enjoy it. The concert is at the Palace Theatre, so that will make it even more awesome, because I love that place, and it’s very important to Canton.

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