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Isang Yun’s “Die Hungrige Katze (The Hungry Cat),” from “Li-na im Garten”
Hello from my Seoul quarantine bunker :)

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Hi Friend! 안녕하세요! Hello from Seoul, where I’m in quarantine before I begin my Fulbright grant residency! Here’s some music by Isang Yun (1917-1995), the Korean composer whose oeuvre reflects one of his main creative objectives: to blend Korean traditional music and Western avant-garde techniques. While much of his music is post-tonal and post-serialist, this piece, “Die Hungrige Katze (The Hungry Cat),” from “Li-na im […]

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Jessie Montgomery’s Rhapsody No. 1 for solo violin
More solo violin goodness for your quarantine...

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Hi Friend!  Here’s music from the brilliant composer and violinist, Jessie Montgomery: her Rhapsody No. 1 for solo violin, written in 2014.  I love both the pensive vibe and the surprising and luscious harmonies. Deceptively difficult, I so enjoyed learning this delightful piece and hope you enjoy!  Stay safe, warm, and healthy <3 Like what you hear? Please Like […]

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Knuckle-busting Paganini
Paganini Caprice No. 13, aka "Devil's Laughter"

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Hi Friend! One silver lining of this seemingly never-ending pandemic is that I have time to practice for practice’s sake. Usually I’m practicing in “putting out fire mode” aka, I have a concert and I just need to NOT FALL ON MY FACE. Normally I wouldn’t have time (nor the inclination) to practice Paganini’s knuckle-busting Caprices for […]

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IIRY Podcast: 35. 2020: “What would you tell your younger self?”
An end of year review, with advice to help you on your creative journey in 2021.

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Saying “2020 has been a weird year” is an understatement. Nevertheless, I’m really grateful when I look back at the inspiring guests who were generous enough to sit down and chat with me this year. So, I thought, wouldn’t it be great to revisit some of the most popular “Is it Recess Yet?” episodes of […]

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS! BTS (방탄소년단) Dynamite Solo Violin Cover!
BTS (방탄소년단) Dynamite Solo Violin Cover!

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Hi Friend! I made a solo violin arrangement of BTS (방탄소년단) Dynamite! BOOM! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I don’t need to tell you about BTS, the world dominating South Korean boy band phenomenon! I had a blast covering DYNAMITE, their infectious dance track that currently boasts more than 700 million views on YouTube. This was so fun! […]

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IIRY Podcast: 34. Miki-Sophia Cloud. “Why am I doing this?”
On the importance of great mentors and choosing to find joy and purpose in music.

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I’m excited to revisit the very first episode of the “Is it Recess Yet?” podcast, from 2018. My dear friend and colleague, the wonderful violinist and human, Miki-Sophia Cloud, graciously agreed to be my first interviewee. In our chat, we talk about her former life as a strolling ‘gypsy violinist’; playing by ear versus playing from sheet […]