We're not promising that you'll be Mozart - but then, you might be. We all have the capability to create something. And for musicians, this means the often intimidating process of composing and improvising. When PROJECT Trio came to Tallahassee as guests of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra, they worked with students to take the intimidation out of music creation.
WFSU-TV tagged along with PROJECT as they visited area schools. There they performed and encouraged young musicians to play more with their friends - just for fun. The idea is that the formal education provided by schools and youth orchestras is just one important aspect of developing musicianship. The flipside of this is that outside the confines of the structured orchestral or band setting, a student can comfortably try new things with music, and advance their skills in a different way. This message is at the core of Not Your Mother's Classical. Even if you're not a musician, you might appreciate the genre-bending improvisational skills of PROJECT Trio.
PROJECT's week in Tallahassee culminated in a concert with the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra (TYO). The TYO backed PROJECT on an orchestral arrangement of one the trio's original pieces: "Random Roads." Both groups also played on their own. The concert will air in its entirety on 4fsu.
PROJECT consists of three virtuoso players: Greg Patillo is an internet sensation who pioneered beat-boxing on the flute. Eric Stephenson is a cellist who can coax unearthly sounds from his instrument or treat it like a jazz bass. Pete Seymour is a classical bassist who was named Downbeat Magazine's "Best jazz Soloist" for 1996.
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