83 – Listener Lightning Rounds: Bob Yoon and Dennis Kwok

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In this episode of the podcast, Clarineat listeners Bob Yoon and Dennis answer the lightning round questions. They share some of the best advice they ever received, their favorite books, and more.

Interview with Clarineat Listener: Bob Yoon

Where are you in the world and how did you discover the podcast?
  • Bob Yoon lives in the suburbs of Chicago.
  • He discovered the podcast when searching for online resources that would help him return to playing the clarinet after a 12-year hiatus.
If I were to walk over to your music stand right now, what would I find on it?
  • A few Larry Guy books
  • Photocopy of the Klose scales that’s been handed down through three generations of teachers.
  • Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride

What piece of music or album changed your life irreversibly?

  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 9
If you could play any other instrument what would it be and why?
  • Piano. I would love to be able to play jazz piano!
If you could go back in time and meet any musician who would it be and why?
  • Hermann Scherchen because of his influence on orchestra conducting and performance practice in Europe.
While we are back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
  • Don’t equate life to music. When I decided to pursue music, I was all in to the point that I was devastated when I became injured and had to take a break. Also, it’s okay to have fun when you’re a musician!
What is the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?
  • My teacher Anthony Gigliotti gave me the advice that there is always a musical solution to a technical problem.
What is one book you think everyone should read?
  • I’ve embraced the idea of a portfolio career and I’ve found a few books that relate to that idea.
    • Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields
    • Zen and the Art of Making Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design by Laurence G. Bolt
    • Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins

 

Interview with Clarineat Listener: Dennis Kwok

Where are you in the world and how did you discover the podcast?
  • Dennis is a saxophone major but doubles on clarinet in Toronto, Ontario.
  • He became a listener after taking a few lessons with Sean.
If I were to walk over to your music stand right now, what would I find on it?
  • Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces and some left-hand studies
What piece of music or album changed your life irreversibly?
  • Holst’s Second Suite made me realize what playing music written for wind ensemble was all about.
If you could play any other instrument what would it be and why?
  • Mallet percussion because I especially like the sound and timbres possible on the vibraphone.
If you could go back in time and meet any musician who would it be and why?
  • Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, or Leonard Bernstein!
While we are back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
  • Don’t forget your fundamentals! Listen to your teachers, they know what is best for you!
What is the best advice you ever received and who gave it to you?
  • When you’re playing different instruments you have to approach it like you primarily play that instrument. You need to understand how the instruments are similar but you also need to realize how they are different.
What is one book you think everyone should read?
  • Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner
How many clarinets do you own?
  • Two!


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