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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- I’m reluctant to post a link to the Stick Control PDF on here because of copyright issues, but if you Google “stick control drum book”, it’s the first link that comes up.
- Stick Control, Page 5: Single Beat Combinations
- Practise lines 1-8 along to music of your choosing
- Also practise lines 5-8 with the Rs and Ls reversed
- Because the patterns are written a little differently in the book compared to how Pino and I wrote them on your page, adding the feet becomes a little trickier. You’re welcome to leave out the feet until I explain what I mean in our next lesson. You’re also welcome to experiment with how the feet are integrated and do what works for you (which I encourage).
- In Bloom
- Play the beats along to the recording
- If the recording is too fast, play along to a metronome [<— BLUE TEXT IS CLICKABLE] at 100 bpm, then bump it up to 105, then 111 (the song’s actual tempo).
- Don’t sweat it if you can’t play that fast bass drum part you figured out along to the recording. Consider it a bonus if you do.
I’m looking forward to hanging and drumming, Emily! See you in a couple of weeks.
This is just a reminder that Rob is subbing for Pino this week.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office. 416-651-7529.