Louis Pino

Louis Pino
Louis PinoABC Academy of Music2019-01-15T12:51:22+00:00

Project Description

B.Mus (Oberlin)
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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Substitute Notice (Front Desk)

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!

February 13th, 2019|

Feb. 6-11

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.

Sylvie-Minutes: 30
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!


February 5th, 2019|
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Preferred Books for Pino’s Students

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Cover of Stick Control for the Modern Drummer

George Lawrence Stone’s Stick Control is the bible of drumming. In 1993, Modern Drummer magazine named the book one of the top 25 books of all-time. In the words of the author, it is the ideal book for improving: control, speed, flexibility, touch, rhythm, lightness, delicacy, power, endurance, preciseness of execution and muscular coordination, with extra attention given to the development of the weak hand.

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4-Way Coordination

A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set

Cover of 4-Way Coordination: A Method Book for the Development of Complete Independence on the Drum Set

Proficiency as a drummer has always come from great hand dexterity. However, with the introduction of modern drumming techniques, it has become increasingly necessary to gain complete independence of both the hands and feet. With various rhythmic exercises in easy-to-read notation, 4-Way Coordination is designed to guide the drummer from simple patterns to advanced polyrhythms. Through the study of this method book, the student will gain invaluable listening skills and techniques that will provide insight to drumming in all styles.
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Rockin' Bass Drum, Bk 1

A Repertoire of Exciting Rhythmic Patterns to Develop Coordination For Today's Rock Styles

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Written in two volumes, these books include 2- and 4- bar rock and jazz-rock beats designed for the modern drummer. Both books are designed to develop the drummer’s skill in coordinating their hands and feet. The books also offer the drummer a repertoire of exciting rhythmic patterns.

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