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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Hey everyone, thanks a lot for working hard over the week, everyone sounds great! Here is what I’d like you to work on this week.
Ella- Try to be able to play through the second line around half tempo. Try looking up the video on youtube and playing it at 50% speed to practice along. If the sheet music isn’t making sense, try to listen and pick up how it goes.
Eric- Practicie playing through the entirety of I Want to Hold Your Hand along with the music and without it. The more you play along with the track, the better you’ll learn the tune!
Jonah- Try to find C, F, and A on the keyboard at school. Practice playing a C scale (C D E F G A B C) on piano or xylophone. Please look at the rhythms from last week too!
Noah- Look over and practice playing the rhythms I wrote out, as well as the rock beat. Try everything slow and always count, you’re already picking it up very well!
Sylvie- Practice Spice through the 5th line. Try to get it up to tempo with the metronome then play along with the song. Most importantly, work on adding the accent to the beat. Start this very slowly then speed up only when it feels comfortable.
See you all next week, have fun!!!
Hi everyone! Welcome and welcome back!!! So glad to see my returning students and to meet the new ones, it will be a great year! Here are some things I would like you to look over in order to prepare for our next lesson.
Ella- Work on the Black Parade intro so it is comfortable. Ty to work it up from 65 to 80 over the week by increasing the metronome a bit each day. Do the same with the fast beat going from 100 to 140.
Eric- Solidify what we worked on in I Want to Hold Your Hand by practicing it along with the song at full tempo. It ios quick but you can do it! This will help your endurance. Try to keep moving forward through the song and learn any other beats he does. We will learn the rest of the fills during our next lesson (but feel free to explore them on your own!).
Jonah- Practice the rhythms I wrote out for you today and try to be able to play them for next week. You’re already getting it so well!!
Sylvie- Work on the opening rhythm to Spice nice and slow (the one I wrote out on your sheet). Separate it into small chunks then put them together. When you have that down, try to work on Fill #1 on its own, then try incorporating it into the disco beat (beat, then fill, then straight back into the beat).
Koel- Work on your hand to hand (RLRL and LRLR) as well as the paradiddles and flams. Keep your hands nice and loose like you do and make sure to check every now and then that your wrists are flat. Keep trying to get a nice rebound off of the drum head like we talked about today. Also take a look at the two rhythms I wrote out on your sheet and try to have those ready for next week.
Thanks a lot for putting in the time and effort towards improvement. If any parents or students have questions at any point about what we talked about in lessons or how to practice, please be in contact with the ABC desk and they will pass it along. Looking forward to seeing where this year takes us!!
See you all next week,