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AAERO to Offer Live Streaming Service in South Carolina via South Carolina Live

AAERO is pleased to announce the launch of our professional live streaming service, South Carolina Live.

South Carolina Live is an online broadcast service that provides professional live streaming for public and private events. Whether you’re hosting a holiday parade, a concert or a wedding – South Carolina Live can help.

Public Events – Live Streaming

South Carolina Live offers varying packages for event coordinators for public events. Whether a parade, fair, carnival, council meeting or any type of public event.

Investment: The cost to host your live stream will be dependent on how many camera angles you need, the length of the stream and internet connectivity. We also offer carrying SaaS services such as paid access streams and more.

Free Streaming: Your public event may qualify for free streaming by South Carolina Live. To recoup our cost, the event must be a notable event (such as a parade etc) and have the flexibility to sell noninvasive ads throughout the stream.

Private Event – Live Streaming

Pricing for a private event is similar to a public event. Pricing is based on the equipment need, internet connectivity, stream length and event type. South Carolina Live also has the ability to incorporate protected viewing and can stream up to 20 destinations simultaneously (YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, LinkedIn, Instagram among other destinations).

Our Capabilities

  • Full HD, 4K and 6K Streaming Capabilities
  • Immersive 360°, VR & 3D Streaming Available
  • Aerial Live Stream Coverage
  • Stream to up to 20 platforms at once!

If you’re interested in learning more about our Live Streaming capabilities or to get a live streaming quote, please email [email protected] today.

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AAERO To Launch 9,000 sq/ft Coworking Complex in Myrtle Beach

Soon, freelancers, small business owners, and startups will have access to over 9,000 sq/ft of creative space. The Litchfield Collective in partnership with AAERO will open its doors near the Litchfield Exchange in Feb of 2022.

Litchfield Collective – Myrtle Beach CoWorking – Coming 2022 to Pawleys Island, SC

“We welcome entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners to join us for this new exciting concept,” wrote Sean Michael, Investor, and Partner of Litchfield Collective.

The Litchfield Collective will bring ample creative space that will include individually leased offices, drop-in space as well as a startup incubator program that will let ideas come to life. The incubator program will give new businesses access to startup capital, marketing support, leadership & training, and much more.

One of the most exciting pieces to the Litchfield Collective is our commitment to making Myrtle Beach a better place by providing career counseling, career training, and other employment opportunities to those who are eager to make a better life for themselves.

“I have a passion for helping people realize their potential. With a little support, they can reach unimaginable success and we’re on a mission to do just that,” Michael added.

The Litchfield Collective will be located near the Litchfield Exchange in Pawleys Island, SC and serve both Georgetown and Horry counties.

To learn more, or to RSVP a space email [email protected] today.

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Meet Jon Urbana, of KOW Cattle Company

When it comes to raising quality Wagyu beef, few people can compete with Jon Urbana, founder of KOW Cattle Company. His heritage spans six generations, and his family’s beef-producing business has become one of the most successful in the industry. Although his focus is on quality, he knows that delivering the best steaks to consumers is essential. This is why he is passionate about working to make his company as productive as possible.

The KOW family’s history traces back to 1892 when his great-grandfather started shipping quality breeding stock on a custom-designed Boeing 747. The company’s name is synonymous with high-quality steaks, and the company’s great-grandfather was the first to introduce Wagyu into the United States. Its name is an ode to the legacy of his ancestors, who were pioneers in raising and processing beef.

In addition to being the best beef in the US, KOW’s Wagyu is famous worldwide and is preferred by top chefs. Its meat is known for its tenderness and flavor, which is why Jon Urbana’s Wagyu is so highly prized. The company also sells the most expensive steaks in New York City. And it’s available at a wide range of fine restaurants, including Nobu 57 and Bistrot Leo.

A true pioneer, Urbana’s grandfather, was one of the first in the US to raise Wagyu cattle, which eventually led to the creation of KOW Steaks. Despite his father’s initial hesitation, Jon Urbana forged ahead and began a thriving business, and was eventually successful. The KOW Cattle Company’s success is a testament to his hard work and passion.

While the KOW Cattle Company’s beef is renowned for its hamburgers, the company’s association with other specialized companies ensures that its meat has a distinctive style. In addition to his extensive connections with the best chefs and gourmet experts, his business also has a reputation for creating delicious, high-quality burgers. By building a strong relationship with these brands, Jon Urbana’s brand is also able to provide an exceptional culinary experience to its clients.

The KOW Cattle Company is a family business and is owned and operated by Jon Urbana. The beef is raised in southeast Iowa and never uses GMOs or chemicals. They are located in a climate where grasses grow naturally without the need to be treated. They enjoy the freshest burgers and the best beef in the world. These products also have the highest quality. They will last you for a long time.

Learn more about Jon Urbana’s Wagyu Beef here.

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Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor of Arapahoe Philharmonic interviews Edgar Girtain, composer in residence.

Devin Patrick Hughes: Edgar Girtain is an American composer whose works range across folk, sacred and popular styles in the concert hall. Hailed as immediately captivating by The New York Times, Edgar has sharpened his craft at prestigious schools like Ithaca College, Princeton and Rutgers. In addition to composition, Edgar has had careers as a church organist, arranges, directs a school for the arts in Chile, conducts choruses and was the inaugural composer in residence for the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s Composition Competition, holding the post of Composer in Residence. Welcome, Edgar. So great to be speaking with you today.

Edgar: Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be here. Thank you for the invitation. And I have to say, out of that whole list, that one of the things that really sticks out for me is that time with the Arapahoe Philharmonic was a very special experience, a very valuable one for me. And I want to begin by saying, you know, Devin, how are you? Because we haven’t talked in quite a while. And I regret that when I was in Denver, I never made the time or I don’t know or what, but we never really got together and had a kind of a one on one I think like this. So I’m glad we’re able to do it now. 

Well, we got to eat some steak. I thought we ate some steak together.

We did, but I think there was like there were other people around, other people from the orchestra. So those kinds of situations are not the same as this. Although we technically have a public, they’re not here with us.

Let’s talk about then what is the relationship that a composer expects from a conductor? 

You know, to be honest with you, at this stage of the game, I’m not really into professional relationships. You know, like this idea of like a conductor, composer, musician, we all have our things that we do. Right? But what interests me much more is like actually just knowing a person, having a relationship with someone, and getting to collaborate with them. For me, the richest collaborations always come from a place where there is a mutual understanding of what the other person is trying to do and the relationship feels much more natural and friendly, than just conductor, composer. 

I guess the right answer is, what is the best conductor? It’s one that does my music. And I think any composer would say that.

Well, your music and you as a person was a very formative relationship for me because you opened my career almost a decade ago as conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic. One of the first things we did was create a Composition Competition. And I think we got at least 60 or 70 applicants and your piece Isolation Day, 253, correct? 

That’s the number.

The work is scored for Soprano and Orchestra. That jumped out as a clear winner, simply for the majesty, beauty, and mystical atmosphere you created. It was just so unique. So maybe we can talk a little bit about that piece. 

Well, that piece, I mean, it’s a song. So songs in general for me are intuitive because you have one line that you can connect to the vocal line. You have a really clear line that can take you from left to right on the page. The text was brilliant. The guy who wrote it is Will Goldberg. The text definitely facilitated a kind of easy writing because the lines were short enough to keep it going. I don’t get too crazy or abstract when writing a song because I’m not interested in showing the timbre qualities of the syllables. I want to set a mood and deliver the text in a way that imbues a kind of emotion, that highlights it in some kind of artistic way. 

I was looking for the score. I couldn’t find the score. So I was hoping you would remind me a little bit of what it looked like. 

The full score was a massive thing. It’s got all the colorful winds and the harp and all that stuff, but it didn’t start out like that. At the beginning, it just starts off as a line, a single line on a staff and then a bass line and some chords. Sometimes I even do it just on one staff and I write the chords on top. 

Isn’t all music a song?

Or a dance?

I mean, because you said it was a song as opposed to a symphony.

A song or a dance. I guess I would be one way 

Song and dance. Yeah, that’s everything. If you can encapsulate all of life: song and dance. 

Yeah. That’s one way to look at it. I mean that could be a very long conversation if you want to talk about that.

One of the things I notice, you’re kind of like a romantic composer out of place and out of time, living in the year 2021. Because there’s Mahler and Wagner in a lot of your music, there’s also some Brahmsian qualities. 

I remember once you made a comment to me that it seemed like I was still finding my voice. And I think that that’s continued, that path. Like, I really don’t think much about if I’m romantic or tried to place myself in any kind of way. If I write music that sounds out of place, it’s because in a lot of ways my life is not so different from those historical composers. I work in a church. I’m like a little kapellmeister down here, you know? That’s my job. And what is the music that we play? Every week I play a Brahms Sonata or songs, and it’s mostly that kind of music. And I love that music so it comes through when I write. But I would say more than romantic, I’d say that I have a polyglot language because really I listen to all kinds of music. I love contemporary music as well. I take what I can and it’s just tools that go into the tool bag and as I go, I just take them out as I need them. 

Would you say you listen to more music than you play or compose, or is it an equal balance? 

When I was younger, I would definitely listen to a lot of music. The Library at Rutgers had a huge music collection. I was listening to five, ten CDs a day. These CDs were all classical art music, contemporary music. There’s a very strong current of experimental contemporary music at Rutgers when I was there, because Charles Warning had taught there for a number of years. So there was that kind of element in the air. But as time goes on, I would say now I listen mostly to contemporary music, you know, new stuff. I’m very interested in what my colleagues are doing, especially people that I know, people that I have some kind of connection with, I really like to support them and listen to them. 

You mentioned a Kapellmeister, which is kind of cool because in Europe, that’s the training. And a lot of times the composer, conductor, and accompanist, it’s all kind of interwoven. And in the 20th century, a lot of European musicians went down to South America to start schools and orchestras and just experience some nicer weather. How did you end up in Chile? 

Oh, well, I originally came down as a poor kid that just finished school and I wanted to travel. I actually lived on a farm as a volunteer for like two months. And so I came down just to travel. And I stayed here for two months, living out of my backpack. And then I went back, I started my master’s degree. Then I came back again to Chile to work for the Department of the Ministry of Education. They had a program to teach English. So I came for the second time to teach English. I lived in a school in a small village up in the mountains for about six months. And then after that, now I’ve been here full time, pretty much, except for, you know, going to Buffalo every once in a while since the end of 2016. 

What is the music you first remember hearing?

Church Music man! Definitely, definitely. We went to a Baptist church, a really conservative place, New Jersey, on the Pines, and it was mostly older people. There were some younger people, too, I guess. I mean, I was young. I was really young. But you know, it made a very powerful impression on me. Everybody singing hymns, congregational singing. 

And you have a little bit of that in your second symphony here.

Yeah. Why not? It’s got everything else in it.

There’s a lot of music in hymns. There’s a lot of music in carols. I mean, the foundation of Western music comes from these Riemenschneider Bach chorales. 

Yeah. Hymns have a rich history. We have more than a thousand years worth of hymn tunes and hymn melodies. They’re practical for a pedagogical means, for organ, for organists. That’s what you start doing. You know, you play chorales. Now I feel kind of distant, I guess, a little bit. I would hesitate to write a chorale in, like a literal chorale in a piece now. For different reasons, but it’s a form of music like any other are either songs or dances.

And some of the chorales that come to mind for me are chorales that have been in symphonies like the Mendelssohn Reformation Symphony. Even the Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale, that Petite Chorale and the grand chorale at the end. You know, when there’s all this reflection going on, when these seven disparate chamber musicians play a full fortissimo chorale before the final triumph of the devil. 

I mean, what do you make of it? I mean, what do you as a conductor do when you come across a choral piece of orchestral music?

Well, you balance it. And in many ways, like in the Stravinsky, the less voices in a chorale, the harder it is to make work. 

You mean the less voices like unison doubling or… 

The less mass of musicians in a chorale, the more spread out things are and transparent. For some reason that chorale is really hard to make work after all this Stravinsky multi-metric, complex and tricky stuff to play. You get to this chorale and you think it’s going to be a walk in the park but you have to spend some time rehearsing it.

The instrumentation in Stravinsky is usually searching for an effect that’s exactly opposite of the standard what works? You know, it’s Stravinsky. You know how many times you have a C major chord space like this, you know? 

Yes, a nice naked chord.

And it’s interesting because you listen to different recordings and different conductors can get wildly different sounds out of those things. I mean, what’s your approach to dealing with those kinds of textures? 

Well, my approach for Stravinsky is a lot of prayer, a lot of study, a lot of sweat, a lot of blood pressure medication.

What does study mean for a conductor. How does a conductor study a score? What do you do to prepare a score? 

Well, so, for example, on the Stravinsky Rite of Spring, I’ve conducted that whole piece twice in concert and I feel incredibly inadequate and unprepared. If I had to do that again. I think that, you know, the conductors who are maybe 60, 70, 80, 90, they’ve conducted these pieces maybe 30 or more times. I think probably when you get to about 10 to 15 times, you start to feel like you kind of know the piece, but it takes a lot of time. You can negate that somewhat by, as you said, studying, and that’s singing the lines, whether it be solfege or just with your natural voice on a syllable or a vowel. It’s playing it at the piano. It’s checking out different recordings. Learning about the piece. Learning about the history, knowing that there was a riot at the Rite of Spring and you want to try and recreate that effect. You don’t want audiences clawing each other’s eyes out, but you want to create that effect of how radical this thing is to play.

Do you think it’s still radical today? 

Definitely. Most certainly. I think that’s why artists are who they are, like Beethoven or Bach, because they’re incredibly radical and they still sound radical. I mean, take this just Gesualdo guy, Carlos Gesualdo. You’ve heard of this composer? 

Yeah, of course. 

So he’s the only composer murderer in the history of I mean, as far as we know. I don’t know what the skeletons in your closet are

I didn’t tell you the real reason why I’ve been in Chile. 

So this guy, OK, he’s a prince, in the late 1500s and they run the police, they run everything if they’re the aristocracy of their little community. He knew that his wife was having an affair, so he told her he was going to go on a hunting trip for the weekend. And he really didn’t. He waited until her lover came in and he stabbed them dozens of times. And then the police arrived. They start investigating the crime and Gesualdo runs back in the room with the police there and stabs them again just to make sure they’re dead! 

But the cool thing about this is you can hear this in the music. You can hear the the demented nature of this guy’s mind. It’s not just standard Renaissance music we hear. It’s really quite twisted music. 

Yeah, it’s very experimental. It’s very expressive. It’s really haunting. I love Gesualdo’s music. Those are violent times, though. I think we take it for granted, like how peaceful things are today between people. I’m reading the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, who was a Renaissance man. It’s wild. The story will just be like, I was walking down the street. Bandits came out, tried to jump me, but I had my scabbard and my buddy was with me and we took them all down and we left their bodies in the street. They talk about violence, like, it’s just such a common thing. There is a chapter where he says he got into a fight with people who had arquebuses. They didn’t have guns. So, they shoot them, but then they have to like, reload them and do the whole thing and they were never really inaccurate.

We both went to Ithaca College. Can you tell me the most important thing you learned in school and the thing that you wish you would have learned in school. 

Ithaca College was an amazing place. Absolutely amazing place. And I was only there for one year. I wish I could have been there for longer. I arrived completely unprepared to go to college. I think, you know, like just the whole concept. 

I know the feeling. 

I was the first in my family to go to college. 

Oh, congrats!

I shouldn’t have been there in the first place because it was so expensive. We really had no idea what we were getting into financially. 

The compositions basically pay for themselves right?

Hey, that’s what you think because when you go into it, it’s like, oh, yeah, you know, this composer got commissioned for ten thousand dollars. I have the working class ethic idea of like money, time, labor, the things go together. You work. Someone pays you and you have this whole thing. It’s only like probably in the past five years that it’s finally started to click with me that that model does not apply to the arts at all. I mean, to answer your question, there are so many things. I mean, every day was a learning experience there. One of the memories that stands out to me or one of the opportunities that was really good was work study or something, some kind of program that there was. And I had a job as a stagehand. That was an awesome job. That was so cool. Turning pages for all the guest recitals when the guest artist came in. 

Yeah. Obviously there were many things that I wish I could have done differently, but, you live and you learn. What about you? I mean, what was your take away from your undergrad there?

I was in Ithaca College as a masters student. I loved Ithaca College, just like you, and I really wanted to go there. So, I did two years there. So I got three years of a masters, which was pretty, pretty cool because as a conductor, you want as much podium time as you can possibly get. And I was just lucky in all of my degrees whether they be at Ball State or Ithaca College or later University of Denver to have teachers and orchestras that just wanted you to get in front of the orchestra. 

Kind of like composition, I think you can only really learn on the job. You can’t stand in front of a teacher and wave your arms in the air. You need to be with musicians and ideally larger ensembles.

Yeah, if you want to write that kind of music. There’s a lot of composers that just write chamber music. But even for them, obviously, it’s very important to hear their music and to work with players. You know, of course, though, for a composer, the best thing a composer can do is go pick up an instrument and, like, actually play it. I mean, how does a conductor make the transition from school to now? I don’t know about you. I mean, I feel like there is a point where I stopped caring about making the transition from being a young composer to being a real composer. 

We’re both old and real right now. 

I guess. I feel like I never crossed a threshold or the threshold was when I stopped caring and I realized oh, this is actually kind of a shit show and we’re just just going to try and do the best that I can. And it seems that, oh, that’s what everybody else is doing. It seems like this idea that I had of one day I’m going to make it, you know, one day I’m going to be a composer and commissions will arrive and I will live from those commissions and I will write music that is artistically compelling, whatever. That never happened. And I don’t think that it ever will happen. Well, anyway, so I’m curious, like do conductors have that? Do they tell you you’re going to get a job? 

I can say that I am still waiting for my great symphony to materialize too because I think every conductor, whether they will admit it or not, we’re closeted composers. We really want to create this music. And we get to create it, which is the most amazing thing in the world. I would say probably even better. I mean, you read about the lives of many composers and they’re not great lives. I mean, maybe many conductors, too. But that’s always been in my mind, from when I discovered in college that I wanted to do music professionally, I was composing and I was trying to figure out how Beethoven wrote his symphonues and I want to write a symphony like it. But then as a conductor, maybe the luckier ones, you just get inundated with scores that you have to conduct. And pretty soon that originality just kind of leaves your brain little by little. And you realize it’s hard to find an original melody in there. 

Well, I think of this idea of originality and progress and like all these kinds of things. They’re very 20th century ideas. There’s more to composing, there’s more to creating than just being original. The mere act of creation has a value in itself, and I would argue perhaps that even more important than the art itself or what the art says is the links that it creates between the artist and their community. You know, like Bach’s cantatas, they’re not all that original. Mozart, another one. They have plenty of music that’s, you know, pretty pedestrian, actually. But because the music serves another purpose other than being original. The idea of the genius composer that does these things., it’s flawed. I don’t know. I wouldn’t beat yourself up about it. Not that you’re beating yourself up about it.

I’m not. That was just a deep, dark secret that I had to share. Probably like you, I’m in contact with a lot of composers and I hear a lot of the sentiment: I’m going to write smaller works because you’re just not going to get orchestra pieces played. One of the things that you’re continuously doing is writing these grand orchestral pieces. You have recently written a first sonata. I was just kind of thumbing through the score which, like your Symphony that we did and like your End of Humanism and of course, your Isolation Day. Just fantastic music, beautiful music, challenging music. I think you need a few rehearsals if you want to get a good recording out of it. Have you gotten this piece played, or what has been your experiences recently with your orchestral works? 

So, I’m going to say that I’ve never written an orchestral piece that I didn’t think was going to get performed or that wasn’t for performance. And in that, I’ve been extraordinarily lucky, extraordinarily fortunate as a composer. And those opportunities came to me because I was a trombonist, because I think I was all right. You know, I was able to play in the orchestras that I was able to then write music for. So that was like a real luxury, a real privilege. But, it also kind of limits you a little bit as a composer. There’s a lot of composers who don’t write orchestral music because their personal voice or their approach to music making doesn’t really fit well into the orchestral model. I think orchestral music has to be a certain kind of music. You can’t do things that are too far outside the box in a certain sense. You can’t do things that are going to take too much rehearsal time. It’s expensive. You get everyone up there on the stage, especially for new music, you don’t have proofreaders all the time. You don’t have people to go through the scores. 

So there’s certain risks that you can’t take. That automatically creates a certain kind of, I guess, certain kind of composer, a certain kind of music, written for orchestra. But this piece that you mentioned, that First Sonata, that is the first piece in my life that I wrote without thinking about a performance. I just actually just sat down and was like, you know what, I’m going to write an orchestra piece because I knew that wasn’t a guaranteed performance. I knew I had to make a score that’s just flawless and perfect then. And that’s what I did.

It’s funny you say that because as I was looking at this, it’s like passion project. You can feel the love pouring out. That’s what I feel. So that’s really cool. 

And it’s going to get performed. 

You already have a performance lined up?

Yes. The great orchestra of Porto Alegre, Brazil. The State Orchestra. The thing is that the piece is kind of a special situation because it’s getting played at that orchestra, not because I sent it, you know, like that because I’m a composer of note. I think it’s the piece called First Sonata because it is the music of my first violin sonata. It’s the same music. It’s just orchestrated. And that violin sonata I wrote for a good friend of mine, his name is Emmanuel Baldini, who I met here. He was directing the orchestra at the chamber orchestra at the university where I work at another campus. But he’s also the principal violinist of the São Paulo Orchestra. And so he also conducts. Aside from being an amazing violinist and he liked my music. We got to talking. So I wrote him that first sonata and, you know, he then played it and he really likes the piece. He’s very enthusiastic about it, which is always very rewarding for me. So anyway, he is constantly going and doing guest conducting engagements. So I knew if I sent it to him, obviously he’s going to want to do it, you know, so he programmed it. 

Is that the first time you’ve kind of adapted a larger scale orchestral work out of a smaller chamber work?

No, I do it all the time. Sometimes piano pieces for band or organ works or things. I’m not shy about re-orchestrating music because I always think orchestrally. I think in those kinds of terms. But I will say that the translation, like some pieces, like the piano pieces that I’ve orchestrated, don’t usually turn out very well. But a piece for violin and piano translates very well to orchestra because the problem is with writing for the piano, you don’t get that. You miss the string sound. You miss the voice of the strings in the sustain. And because it’s a violin sonata, you have that one principal line of the strings. So, you get the representation and the score very minimally. But the violin in a violin sonata can represent a string section. And so because the material of that sonata is kind of extroverted, it’s not like fast chamber music. It’s a big kind of music. It just laid very well into the orchestra. Once I started orchestrating it.

So that dyad of the strings and the single string on the piano translates very well to orchestra in this case. So I think probably the next time I write an orchestra piece, I’ll start off doing it like I’m not going to do a single piano sketch like I’ve done before. I think the next time I do, I’ll write it first for solo violin and piano and then orchestrate it. 

Yeah, and that’s kind of a common compositional practice. Tchaikovsky, wrote for the piano then orchestrated it out. Schumann, Sibelius were the same way. Sibelius was a violinist and he got rejected from the Vienna Philharmonic, lucky for us, so he devoted his life to composition. But he supposedly hated the piano because it just didn’t sing and sustain. And you hear that with Sibelius, there’s the most beautiful lush tutti string episodes that one could ever imagine. 

So I think that’s necessary in some way to make that translation. I mean, how many people open up a full manuscript and just start, you know, flute, oboe, you know, just start writing down. And have that organized in their head. 

Well, it doesn’t necessarily have to be organized. A lot of composers like contemporary composers that I know who write for orchestra actually do that. They just start with the full orchestral score and just jump right in. You set one line down, you see how it works, then you add other things to it. You know, I mean, there’s as many ways to do it as there are people. 

What is the difference for you between improvisation and composition? 

Now, that is a sexy musicological question. Ask a musicologist that question. 

We’re looking for sex appeal. We’re trying to put butts in the seats here.

What is the difference between composition and improvisation? They’re both a kind of singing. They’re both a kind of inner voice. One has more detail than the other. Although you can improvise over the same structure many different times, I’d say my improvisations are definitely more wild than the written music because with the piano, there’s certain things that feel good to play. There’s certain things that feel great. They just play nice on the hands. You get wild sounds, but then you sit down and you actually try to write them. It’s really hard. Like writing for the piano, notation is a constant struggle. 

So no piano concerto from you anytime soon, probably?

Well, if you want to fly me out to Colorado, this is something we could do.  

You want to play it too?

That would be awesome. 

Then you don’t have to write out the solo part. You can just try and remember it or make it up.

Yeah, like Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto. I think the page turner had 

blank pages.

He was terrified. Who needs music? Contemporary Piano Concertos are interesting.

I think that’s a hard nut to crack. What do you write? How do you write it? Who do you get to play it? You just don’t see that many new piano concertos. Violin concertos. I see more of those, but piano concertos not so much, and I wonder why.

I mean a lot of composers are specialist composers nowadays, many who don’t play the piano. And piano is one of those instruments that if you don’t play it, it’s really hard to make an effect, to write effectively for it. I think the same thing about guitar, accordion. Now, those instruments, if you don’t play them, there’s a reason why most great guitar music is written by guitarists. Most accordion music is written by accordionists and most piano music is written by pianists. Harp another one. Most harp music is written by harpists. 

So especially if you’re going to write a concerto, I mean, jeez, it’s tough. A composer, any time you write a concerto or anything with an orchestra, there’s a huge amount of anxiety. I think that is possible for a composer to feel. Not every composer has this anxiety. When you think about being compared to anything or how am I going to contribute, those kinds of things. If you’re going to write a piano concerto, it’s back to orchestral composers, a certain kind of music. There’s a lot of music for piano and orchestra that could sound awesome, but it would be so experimental. It would probably be tough to get it programmed. 

What are some of your favorite piano works? Other than yours of course! 

My piano works are awful. I really struggle to write for the piano….No, no, no. I mean, no, I’m sorry. I write awesome piano music. We should do a piano concerto. 

I’m looking at my piano scores here. I mean, I play Bach every day. 

I’ve gone through phases in my life where I do that. But I should do that every day as long as I’m living and breathing. 

What I was doing with the twenty four preludes and fugues, the Well Tempered Clavier, was playing one every day. Just sit down and play. I did that for a year. They’re hard. They’re really hard. So you can’t actually sit down and play them, most of them. 

Do you play the English or the French suites or the Goldberg Variations? I always love to ask about those.

You know I actually don’t have the Goldberg Variations nor do I have a lot of variations. I have the French Suites, the inventions, the partitas, and don’t forget the chorales. The chorales are also really great. But, you know, Bach, that’s like foundational. I mean, it’s like abc’s. And what’s amazing because it’s so difficult to play Bach well on the piano, to do something that’s musically convincing. There are so many problems with playing Bach on the piano between the way that the piano sounds, the action of the piano, being heavy and uneven. Or you play Bach on the organ or the harpsichord, no note sticks out more than any other note. Like it all just works. And the thing is the positions Bach requires you to get your hands into, sometimes it’s really hard to not to have notes jump out like a sore thumb. But then that’s the thing. That’s even if you want to play it as it’s written. 

But the thing is, the more I play Bach, I can play the same piece for years and years and keep getting deeper and deeper into it. Next month I’m doing a recital and I’m playing the second partita and I’ve started recomposing a bit, I don’t know if it’s right or not. But I play some notes down an octave. In the slow movements, I’ll play in double octaves with the hands. But anyway, I mean, so of course, you get me started on Bach.

You can tell from a person, walking down the street, if they play Bach every day or not, and you definitely have that look about you.

Crazed?

Centered.

The Mendelssohn Songs Without Words. Yeah, that’s a great one. They’re a little sentimental sometimes. They’re not masterpieces. But as far as piano writing goes, it’s so rewarding, so good to play. 

Schumann’s wonderful too.

Schumann. Same thing. These are ones that I’ll put up and read through. I mean I’ve got all of them here, you know, I have contemporaries too. I’ve got Stravinsky. I mean I love to just pick them out and put them on and read through them. 

You have more piano scores than orchestral scores, I presume?

Yes, because there are no orchestras in Chile. 

There are no orchestras in your school or town?

I took it for granted in the States. How much infrastructure is needed for there to be an orchestra. Just the fact that an orchestra exists, it’s like an ecosystem. It has to have so many different parts to have the apex predator. That kind of beautiful jewel that sits on the top of a musical pyramid. 

What is your own favorite piece of yours, or has it yet to be composed, or do you not have one? 

I would say the trios, the flute, violin, cello trios. Those are pretty close to my heart. 

That’s beautiful stuff. How did those come about? Can you talk about those? 

I wrote the first trio when I came back from Chile for the first time, because while I was in Chile, I noticed that folk music played a central role in the musical life and the musical environment. When I got back to the States, I started thinking, well, what is my folk music? What’s your folk music Devin? 

Songs and Dances.. And sometimes hymns.

So that was the first trio. What is the music that comes naturally and easy to me? A distillation of the songs that my mother would sing to me. And so that was the first one. But then the real surprise was that people liked it and started playing it because then it’s like, maybe I did something that resonated with people. And then there was the idea that got bounced around to write a second one. Writing a second piece is always a challenge, right? It’s one thing to write one string quartet or one piano sonata, to write a second one is a challenge because the first one can just be tricks. You can just do things that come easily, that sound good. You can be more spontaneous. But with the second one, it’s OK, well, now I’ve used all my tricks, so what am I going to do? 

It’s like Hot Shots part deux. The sequels are always tough. 

They are. And thank God now I’m at a point that it’s now that I’m starting to think about thirds of things. 

That’s great. And then has the pandemic necessitated more interest from these smaller works of yours? 

I’d say that there have been fewer performances overall, but other opportunities have come up. It’s been very clear in the pandemic who the real champions are because the people who were doing a performance but really wanted to do it because they really like the piece and went through with it anyway, which means so much. That means so much to me. And so I’m thankful to have relationships with people like that. You know, the pandemic, it’s a mixed bag. 

You know, sometimes, a lot of the music from Bach, Baroque and stuff is not specified what instrument should play. How do you feel about people taking your music and say, hey, on this trio, I’d rather do it with an oboe instead of a flute or hey, I’d rather add a couple of violins or a couple cellos to make it a section kind of thing. What are your thoughts on that? 

People do it all the time and I’m always flattered by it. I’m just glad that people are interested. In my mind, once I write the piece, it goes off on its own. It’s no longer mine. You know, as soon as I put it up and put it out there, it goes off and does its own thing. And that’s one of the most rewarding things about this, is that this whole composition game is the longer you go with it, you see how each piece goes off and makes its own path in the world and creates its own relationships and how they evolve over time. 

And sometimes they come back, you know, like there’s people who play the trio and then there’s the people who play, I don’t know, like some of the orchestra pieces or other things. And they’re not always the same people. And it’s very cool. It’s really cool being able to sit back and just kind of watch. That’s the beauty of living outside of yourself. When you write, you know, you create art that’s exterior. It’s not temporal. It could be a composition or a painting, whatever it is it leaves you and it’s gone. Then you’re just you’re just watching it like everyone else. That’s wonderful. Wonderful. 

That’s cool. Well, thank you, Edgar. It’s been such a great time just reconnecting with you. And I look forward to more of your music coming around the bend. And when the coronavirus is mostly gone, it’ll be nice to do some of your big, exciting romantic orchestral works again. 

And I hope to hear from you again as well. We’re talking now, but I would like to hear from you more. You know, like send me a message, send me, stay in touch. I enjoy our relationship. 

You can check out Edgar’s music online at Edgargirtainiv.com. Edgar Girtain is the inaugural composer in residence with the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra.

The mission of conductor and music director Devin Patrick Hughes is to uplift the human spirit through the orchestra, and share the relevance of symphonic music in our modern lives. Devin resides in Colorado, where he conducts the Boulder Symphony and Arapahoe Philharmonic and hosts the podcast One Symphony. 

Photo: Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor, Edgar Girtain, composer, Arapahoe Philharmonic

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Saltwater Pros to Launch Fishing Equipment Rental in Myrtle Beach

Saltwater Pros a saltwater fishing and boating outfitter in Myrtle Beach will offer fishing equipment rentals along The Grand Strand starting July 1, 2021. Equipment from PENN, ABU Garcia, Okuma and others. Additionally, safety equipment can be rented such as handheld GPS units from Garmin and EPIRBs from ACR and other manufactures.

Renters can also purchase saltwater fishing lure packages by species type.

“Our goal is to simplify fishing for visitors to Myrtle Beach,” said CEO, Sean Michael. “When you rent with Saltwater Pros, you’ll get not only a wealth of fishing knowledge, we’ll make sure we outfit you for for the type of fish you want to catch and maximize your success,” Michael aded.

Saltwater Pros is located at the Harbourgate Marina in North Myrtle Beach.

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Meet Steve Louden of Severy Creek Roofing

Meet Steve Louden, the owner of Severy Creek Roofing and the ‘behind the scenes’ secret to operating one of the most successful roofing companies in the U.S.

Colorado (PRUnderground) December 27th, 2020

When it comes to roofing services providers in the Denver metro area, home and business owners have plenty to choose from. 

A quick Google search reveals more than three dozen roofing companies that offer full-scope roof replacement, restoration, and repair services throughout the Front Range of Colorado. 

This presents a challenge for anyone who might be looking for a reliable, professional roofer after a damaging weather event like a hail storm or blizzard. Who do you choose? Who can you trust? And, perhaps most importantly, who’s going to do the best job at a reasonable cost? 

One company that stands out from the rest is Severy Creek Roofing, a Lakewood-based, family-owned and operated roofing company run by Severy Creek Roofing Owner Steve Louden

We recently had the chance to sit down with Steve to discuss what makes Severy Creek Roofing the best choice to make among the numerous other roofing companies in Colorado. 

Here’s what he had to say. 

Q: Steve, thanks for making time today to tell us more about Severy Creek Roofing. Let’s begin with a little history. When was the company started? 

A: Well, Severy Creek Roofing was founded in 2008. It is named after a little-known creek just north of Pikes Peak, due West of Cascade, Colorado. I’m a big outdoorsman, and I’ve always had a special place in my heart for that part of our state. 

Since we started doing business in 2008, we’ve been fortunate enough to work on dozens of high-profile roofing projects throughout Colorado and the western states. These days, we typically conduct most of our work along the Cheyenne-Denver-Colorado Springs corridor. 

Q: Many home and business owners may not know what to look for in a quality roofing company. Tell us a bit about why someone would want to work with Steve Louden and the team at Severy Creek Roofing. 

A: I’d say our track record of successful roof repair and replacement projects is the most convincing part of our business. In fact, there’s not a roof style we haven’t worked on, and that ranges from small, single-family homes all the way through to massive commercial jobs. 

Another important feature of Severy Creek Roofing is the fact that we don’t just do roof repairs. We also replace siding, install windows, repair gutters and downspouts, and paint. I like to tell our customers that if it has to do with any exterior surface on your home or business, it’s in our wheelhouse, and we have the know-how needed to do the job right the first time. 

In fact, we guarantee it!

Q: That’s great to hear. Some might say that other Colorado roofing companies also perform total exterior work, too. So what else sets Severy Creek Roofing apart from the competition? 

A: That’s a great question. We are fully licensed and insured, and all of our documentation is available for anyone to view before agreeing to work with us. We’re also locally owned and operated, which isn’t something that can be said for a lot of other Colorado roofers. 

Read more about Steve Severy from Severy Creek Roofing on PR Underground.com.

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Google Manual Action Bug Fixed

Several days ago, search engine optimization practitioners reported manual actions disappearing from Google Search Console accounts.

Google’s Daniel Waisberg later replied that he was looking into it…

By Nov 23 the bug appears to be fixed.

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Marty Erzinger: 45 Years of Supporting CU

Today, philanthropist and investing paragon Martin ‘Marty’ Erzinger owns and operates Sanctuary Advisors, a comprehensive wealth advisory consultancy in Denver, Colorado. 

45 years ago, however, Marty’s life was starkly different. 

In the late 1970s, Marty Erzinger was playing collegiate-level football for the University of Colorado Buffaloes, known affectionately by fans as the ‘CU Buffs’. 

Because of his academic and athletic prowess, Marty had earned himself a full-ride sports scholarship at the university, an achievement that would set the stage for more than four decades of unwavering support of this 144-year-old Colorado institution. 

Throughout the years, Marty has played an active, ardent role in contributing to the university through fundraising, recruiting, and financial support. And, when you realize just how formative Marty Erzinger’s college experience was for him, his career, and his family, you begin to understand why he continues to maintain a die-hard allegiance to CU. 

From Football Coach to Wall Street Whiz

When Marty was playing football for CU in the Fall of 1978, there was a critical shuffle of the coaching deck as a result of a career-ending injury. 

This administrative change meant that Marty Erzinger had a decision to make: he could either ‘check out’ of the athletic program and continue his scholarship through academic pursuits, or he could go to work as a coach and recruiter for the CU Buffs. 

Fatefully, Marty chose the latter. 

That season, Marty became an undergraduate assistant and took on responsibilities related to in-state recruiting. If you were a prospective CU Buffs football player in the 1978/1979 school year, Marty was the one who arranged your visit to the campus and facilitated your interaction with the coaches. 

This line of work was a significant departure from the professions Marty’s parents chose. His father was a construction worker, and his mother was a medical technician. But, because of Marty’s personable attitude towards the parents of CU Buffs football recruits, he quickly found a fit as a kind of salesperson for the university. 

However, there was a problem: Marty’s scholarship had run out. 

Distraught and on edge about his academic future, Marty made an appeal to then-Athletic Director of the CU Buffs, Eddie Crowder. Marty recalls the conversation as if it took place yesterday…he asked Eddie Crowder to pay for his last year of schooling, and if he did, Marty promised to repay the favor after he entered the working world. 

Eddie agreed. 

Self-Made for Stocks

In the summer of 1979, at the impressionable age of 21, Marty Erzinger made a remarkable transition to Wall Street. A family friend had arranged for him to interview with a company that was integral to the operation of the New York Stock Exchange. 

Even though Marty knew nothing of high-stakes stock market investing, he learned all he could by visiting the exchange, reading every shred of information he could find, and internalizing all of it in record time. 

Marty Erzinger had been reborn as a stock market savant. Looking back on it, Marty recalls that it was his experience as a recruiter for the CU Buffs that set him up for success as a salesperson. 

Time to Give Back

In 1982, Marty was hired by a financial firm that offered a matching grant program. That year, the CU Buffs football team went 1-and-10 during their regular season—a record that didn’t make supporting the school’s football program all that enticing. 

But, Marty never forgot the promise he made to Eddie Crowder three years prior. So, beginning in 1982, Marty Erzinger began donating $10,000+ per year, every year, to the CU Buffs football scholarship program. Initially, these donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by Marty’s employer. 

This support continued for 25 years

Even if Marty’s support of CU stopped there, it would easily be considered monumental. However, Marty and his wife Suzie Erzinger would go on to send five students through CU, supplementing their tuition and further supporting the school by proxy. 

In 1994, Marty Erzinger was asked to be on the investment committee within the CU Foundation Board, where he actively assisted with fundraising efforts until 2010. During this time, Marty served as a director and a trustee for two, four-year terms. 

While serving on the Board, Marty would meet his wife Suzie through a mutual friend. Suzie’s mother was an Olympic skater in the 1940s, and Suzie herself was a collegiate diver at the University of Michigan. The two shared a love for college-level athletics that naturally brought them together. 

After setting up an endowment to raise money from the CU Buffs Class of Champions (the 1975-1977 Buffs football team roster), and after having sent all five football players through CU degree programs, it would be easy for Marty Erzinger to be satisfied with his lifelong support of the university. 

But, as is true to form for Marty, his dedicated support of the University of Colorado continues to this day. In his own words, Marty Erzinger says, “I’m a lifelong supporter of CU. I always have been, and I always will be.”

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Marty Erzinger Pledges Endowment for Vital Economic Club Membership

If you haven’t heard about the Economic Club of Colorado, it’s time you do.

Richard Wobbekind has a long list of accolades. 

very long list. 

Richard is the Associate Dean for Business & Government Relations, Senior Economist and Faculty Director of the Business Research Division at the University of Colorado Boulder

He’s also the past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he’s responsible for producing the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado—a crucial economic bellwether that is relied upon by hundreds if not thousands of business owners, economic planners, and community leaders throughout the state.

You get the point: Richard Wobbekind has an immense amount of intellectual capital when it comes to curating the economic picture of Colorado. 

However, prior to 2020, the genius of Richard Wobbekind was largely relegated to the walls of academia. That is until Denver-area philanthropist and private wealth manager Martin “Marty” Erzinger saw an opportunity to help connect Richard and his insights to a much broader, farther-reaching audience. 

What would happen next would drastically enhance economic forecasting in Colorado, by any measure? 

To read more about this release and Marty Erzinger visit  http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4821026#ixzz6ZNHQsyxb

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Can Pilots Take CBD Oil?

People of all occupations and walks of life are discovering the many applications of Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Airline pilots are especially keen to consider its use, after long hours of sitting in cramped cockpits and waiting around crowded airports. But is CBD Oil okay for pilots to use? Here’s an overview.

Is CBD Oil Legal?

Can pilots take CBD oil and fly planesThe short answer is, yes, but there is a caveat. In December of 2018, a piece of legislation known as the U.S. Farm Bill federally legalized industrial hemp, that is, products made from cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC, which includes marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin, CBD.

In contrast, marijuana typically contains from three to thirty percent THC, which accounts for the “high.” Some states have adopted stricter regulations than the national allowance, so be sure to check your local and state laws for the most current information on CBD Oil usage, possession, and distribution.

Are Pilots Allowed to Use CBD Oil?

This is where the specifics become less clear. In June of 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an advisory in response to a flood of inquiries to the Federal Air Surgeon’s office regarding pilot use of CBD oil. FAA medical and pilot certification is governed by federal law (not state), which means possession and use of CBD oil is legal for pilots.

However, the bulletin reminded pilots that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test includes screening for THC, and warned pilots about the lack of regulation of commercially available CBD.

Specifically, the FAA briefing states:

“Commercially available CBD, by contrast, is not regulated and may be contaminated with a variety of substances, most significantly, THC. Product labels are often inaccurate. Although most CBD products claim to have under 0.3-percent THC, they could contain high enough levels of THC to make a drug test positive. Use of CBD oil is not accepted as an affirmative defense against a positive drug test.”

In other words, while pilots are technically allowed to use CBD oil that contains less than 0.3% THC, if they should somehow ingest CBD that contains amounts high enough to pop a drug screen, they could lose their flight certifications.

Due to the lack of federal regulation surrounding the testing, packaging, and marketing of CBD oil, it seems the FAA is choosing to err on the side of caution. Scientists, medical professionals, and industry-leading CBD manufacturers like NuLeaf Naturals continue to believe more research is needed to understand the potential health and wellness benefits.