M.Mus (U of T) in-progress
Louis “Pino” Pino is from Dix Hills, NY and is a recent graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, having studied percussion with Michael Rosen and computer music with Aurie Hsu and Joo Won Park, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance at the University of Toronto with Aiyun Huang. Pino began his musical career playing drum set and hand drums with several local ensembles, and moved on to study at the Juilliard Pre-College, where he received the Commencement Award upon graduation. When arriving at Oberlin, Pino had the opportunity to collaborate with many students at the conservatory and has come to premiere over 50 new chamber and solo works written by himself and his peers.
In addition to performing, Pino teaches a small studio of students and is an active composer of electroacoustic music. He often writes music for instruments and interactive electronics, and collaborates in creating interdisciplinary works with dancers and film artists. Outside of music, Pino likes to spend time cooking, hammocking outdoors, and competing in food challenges.
Get to know Pino…Beyond the Bio!
Hobbies: Cooking, Hammocking
Musical influences: Chet Baker, Bela Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, The Strokes
Favourite food: Sushi
Least favourite food: Peanut butter
Favourite music: Hip-Hop, Contemporary Classical
Favourite song: Alvin Row – Animal Collective
Favourite movie: Taxi Driver
Favouirite movie music: Taxi Driver OST
Favourite musical theatre/opera: Saint François d’Assise – Messiaen
Best quote from your teacher: “Play pretty.”
Favourite quote: “ Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Master Yoda
Favourite book: The Stand – Stephen King
Best thing about teaching at ABC: Watching young minds grow a bit more every week.
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Hello Pino’s students!
Please note that Robert will be substituting for Pino on:
- February 26th
- March 26th
- April 23rd
If you have any questions or concerns, you can give us a call in the office at 416-651-7529. In the meantime, please mark these accordingly so you won’t be surprised. Thank you!
Hi everyone, good work today! We all got through a lot of material and its really shaping up!
Ella- Minutes: 30
What to practice: Alternating drags, Should I Stay or Should I Go
How to practice: Remember with drasgs, one hand buzzes and the other jas a single stroke. Try to keep both hands relaxed and your motions rather slow. Practice the way we did, by focusing on one drag at a time then trying to alternate them. For the song, practice switching between all three beats slowly with a metronome. Then do it with the song. Make sure you do it with a metronome at first, and focus on making sure the time is steady between beats. Be sure to practice a bit every day and you’ll notice a big difference!
Eric– Minutes: 30
What to practice: Rudiments with feet (especially double paradiddle written out exercise on top of your page), two tricky lines of Back in Black
How to practice: Do everything slowly at first with a metronome and try to work it up to speed. Next week I’ll bring somne new beat patterns and we’ll work on our reading and fills.
What to practice: Beat patterns, flams with feet.
How to practice: Play flams along with a metronome and put kick drum on beats 1 and 3, then snare on 2 and 4. Then try moving the flams to the offbeat. With the beat patterns, try playing very very slowly, one note at a time. Then bring them together gradually. Then play two of the three parts (hi hat and kick, snare and kick, snare and hi hat) before bringing them all together.
Looking forward to seeing you all next week, have a good time practicing! If you have any questions, please get in touch with the ABC administration and they will pass them along to me. See you soon!