What is Up Everyone?! Scott here. I hope everyone is doing well today! I have an other spectacular guest this week. His name is Kyle Maxwell-Doherty, and he currently is a free-lance percussionist in the New York City area. He works with Gallant Entertainment, Radio City Music Hall, and many other performance/education gigs. Kyle is a great player, which makes him perfect for this show! He is incredibly knowledgeable in his craft and explains what is required to be a great performer in the New York City scene. Also, he can play the heck out of the snare drum.
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About our guest:
Kyle resides in New York City since while working as a freelance percussionist and dance musician. He made his New York debut performing the world premier of Edo Frenkel’s There is nothing (but they) outside: 1. missa brevis at The Spectrum and recently performed at the Chelsea Music Festival. He has performed with the Radio City Rockettes, the Grammy Award Winning cast of Hamilton: An American Musical and at esteemed venues such as Madison Square Garden, Le Poisson Rouge, and The Blue Note. He has worked for Keigwin+Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, and as modern dance accompanist at Ballet Hispanico, Marymount Manhattan College, Peridance Center, 92nd Street Y, The New School, The Limon School and Juilliard. He is on faculty at Hofstra University and Westchester Community College. He is also a regular member with Gallant Entertainment Inc.
He is currently concluding his Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the Direction of Dr. Norman Weinberg at The University of Arizona. While at the UofA he received his Masters of Music degree and served as the Director of The Rosewood Marimba Band and a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the Dance Department as Modern Dance Percussion Accompanist. Prior to attending the UofA he received his Bachelors of Music degree at Concordia College – Moorhead while studying with Dr. David P. Eyler.
Kyle performs regularly in Atlas Percussion with percussionists Scott Shinbara and Alex Wier and Ensemble 520 with Mark Cook. He has performed at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (NCPP), the Society of Electro Acoustic Music In the United State (SEAMUS), the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Bob McCormick Marimba Festival, the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention (PASIC), the International Festival of Percussion at the Conservatorio de Musica in San Juan Puerto Rico, the Minnesota Day of Percussion (MNPAS), the Nebraska Day of Percussion (NEPAS), and the Omaha-Under The Radar Festival. In 2009 he performed the North American Premier of Karlheinz Stockhausen’sLinker Augentanz.
He spent the summer of 2012 creating a sound-scape of Manhattan in accordance with the chance operations found in the sketches and notebooks of John Cage’s A Dip in the Lake found in the Cage Trust Archives at the New York Public Library. The Soundscape concluded in collaboration with respected Dance Choreographer Douglass Nielson in honor of the John Cage/Merce Cunningham collaboration and in recognition of Cage’s 100th birthday. In 2006 and 2007, he studied traditional Drumming, Dance, and Gyil performance with world-renowned Master Drummer Bernard Woma and Master Drummer Dancer Sulley Imoro. He has also performed with the Saakumu Drum and Dance Troupe both in Ghana and California.
Kyle is proud to represent and have industry support from Vic Firth, Gallant Entertainment Inc. and Alternate Mode Inc. Kyle was the September 2013 Artist of the Month for Alternate Mode Inc. and can be seen performing on their website.
Currently, Kyle is a member of the Music Technology Committee at PAS and is the secretary for the New York Chapter of PAS. Kyle also serves on a voluntary basis for the Listening Room at PASIC and the Rhythm Discover Center under the direction of archivist Otice Sircy. Kyle is proud to have published 4 articles in Percussive Notes and his percussion ensemble arrangements can be found at Row-loff Productions. He also serves on the Dance Notation Bureau’s Professional Advisory Board.
He is thankful for many of his teachers including Dr. Norman Weinberg, Dr. David Eyler, Bob Becker, Bernard Woma, Matthew Altmire, Dr. Craig Walsh, and Dr. Steven Makela.
Key Points from today’s episode:
- Getting The Gig: Kyle goes over how he was able to land the variety of gigs that he plays on from auditions, to just knowing the right people. He talks about it all
- Preparing for the Gig: Kyle talks about the importance of reading music as well as some tips for preparing for a gig on short notice, and MOST times with NO REHEARSAL.
- Plant the Seed: Kyle explains a great analogy he uses to teach his students to help them better understand the process of becoming a great musician.
That’s it for today’s lesson. Enjoy the Interview!
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