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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Please note that Pino will be away on June 18th, and Rob will be filling in for him, as he has before. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office directly. 416-651-7529.
Ella – Listen to Girlfriend in a Coma and play along so you can learn the rhythms and where the breaks are. Work on the tip tap just by doing it along to a metronome slowly, and building up the tempo over time. Start around 60 bpm and try to get towards 120 by next week. You’ll be with Rob again this time so he can help with it!
Sylvie – Try to get fills 2 and 3 together with the feet. Do it just like we did, split it into chunks and then put it together. I can tell you’re working really hard on it and its getting so much better!!
You guys are doing great, thanks for all the work you’re putting in!! I will be out next week, so you’ll have Rob again, please show him how you’ve improved since last time!