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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Thanks for all your work this week and this whole year! We have all learned a lot and I am very proud of all of you. Here are some practice tips for the summer to keep you playing!
Ella- To continue improving and learning new material, try to improvise a bit every day. This can be anything from totally arhythmic playing to more traditional beats and fills. Additionally, try to play in time along with music you like and know pretty well. Try to play along with the drummer, while throwing in some of your own style as well. Since we’ve spent a lot of time on it, try to get Breezeblocks down too! You have everything super solid now, all that’s left to do is memorise the structure of the song, and get it all up to tempo. Have fun!
Jonah- Keep improvising! Try to play the drums a little bit every day to keep coming up with new beats and creative ways to play. Play along with songs you like, and make up cool beats to go along with them. For your summer lessons, try to learn all of Lesson 4 for Jonny, he will be very impressed if you can play all of that for him!
Koel- Try to improvise a bit every day. With your acoustic kit, you can experiment with all different types of sounds on each instrument and cool rhythms to combine these sounds. Play along with music you like and know, and try to keep in time with it as you go.
Sampson- Since we have spent time working on it already, try to finish up strong with Astronomia. You have all of the beats down solid, so now all you have to do is gradually get them up to speed and work on transitioning between sections. Repeat individual transitions and get them really strong and then work on combining larger chunks of the song.
Thanks again for some great lessons this year, I hope you all have a great summer!
Ella- This week, focus on the transitional sections in Breezeblocks. They’re getting really solid now! Now, try doing them all at one tempo with the metronome. You’ll notice that the first beat might be a bit slower than is comfortable, but that will set you up to be able to play the last one without trouble. Start wit metronome on the eighth note (maybe around 140) then switch it to the quarter note when you get to 180 (so switch to 90).
Jonah- This week, I want you to practice improvising. Start by playing some beats, some fills, and even just anything at all! Then turn on the songs on your drum kit, or listen to music you like and try to play along in time with the song. Make sure you play a little bit every day so you can keep coming up with cool new things!
Noah- Now that we are finished with our lessons, I want you to practice some improvising! Play some beats, fills, or anything at all. Then, turn on some music you like and try to play along in time. It doesn’t have to be exactly what the drummer in the song does, but try to stay in time with what you hear and be musical. In addition, keep practicing Stick Control in the beginning of your practice, it is already helping so much. Here is another page of similar material (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-2-8mNg6sCOqWsyqtdUcHhJBk3Ygxncf/view?usp=sharing). Jonny is also familiar with the book and can help you continue on with technique. Lastly, try to get all of Take On Me learned, with a goal tempo around 110. It has been great working with you, I hope you have a great time with Jonny and a great summer!
Sylvie- Now that we have gone over most of it, try to finish Get Used To It at a comfortable tempo. Once it is all learned, try to speed it up and play along with the song. It has been great working with you this year, thanks a lot! Please always keep improvising and finding new sounds!!
Koel- This week, work on crafting interesting fills based on the beats. Each beat has something unique about it, so I want you to identify something that you want to highlight, and feature that in the fill. The best example is beat number 11, which has a sn are drum note on the ‘a’ of 3. Try to put a special sound on the ‘a’ of 3 in the fill as well to tie it all together. Try doing this with each beat on the page, focusing on 3 or 4 of them per day.
Sampson- Here is the link top Astronomia (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1pV–Ysl8R1CU-uQI4_ZgGKbnbcubs7JL/view?usp=sharing) so sorry about forgetting the link last week!! Now tht we’ve covered most of the material, try to read through the whole thing and get to the end at a comfortable tempo. We will talk about how to speed it up and soon you will be playing along with the song in real time!
For those of you that do not have a make up lesson next week, thanks for a great semester!! It has been wonderful to work with all of you and I hope you all have a great summer. If you are continuing lessons with Jonny over the summer, I’ll make sure he is up to date on what we’ve been working on. He is a good friend of mine and an excellent drummer, I know you’ll enjoy being with him! For everyone else, have fun practicing and I’ll see you next week for our last lesson of the school year!