I wanted to share with the readers of Violinist.com about an event that will be happening this weekend. David Cutler will be premiering his wild, genre-hopping reimagination of the Suzuki Book One violin repertoire, called Supernova.
The event will feature nine string programs from all across North America. Each group was assigned a different piece from the new collection and tasked with making a music video to premier their piece.
As the Director of the Allegro!!! String Ensemble, I of course asked if we could have Dr. Suzuki's Allegro as our assigned piece. The process was awesome for the kids. Making a music video during the Covid pandemic added further challenges, but was such a great example of how creativity and the arts can survive anything.
Our original vision for our video was to incorporate the younger children (Books 1 - 3) into the video as well, but because of the group gathering restrictions, this was not possible. Our video ended up having two components. The first was a typical Allegro!!! style rendition of Suzuki's Allegro with all the kids in one space and choreographed. Of course, this required everyone to wear a mask. But I also wanted to be able to show our student's lovely faces, so the second part of the video required recording each student individually in front of a green screen and then knitting them back together as an ensemble in the video editing process.
There were lots of "firsts" for the students. They first had to learn and memorize their part to David's new arrangement. Then they had to practice it along with a "click-track" recording of the accompaniment.
Finally, they had to participate in a recording session where they were video-taped individually in front of a green screen, with a bluetooth earbud playing the accompaniment in one ear. We had a lot of fun making our video as I am sure all of the other groups did as well. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of the wonderful creative ideas that our colleagues came up with.
If you'd like to join the fun, follow the link to gain access to the live event on Saturday, November 14th at 3:15 PM. EST. and access to watch the video from November 15 - 21. Click here to get tickets!
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