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Jungle Writers

David P. Kronmiller, Editor-In-Chief
Notes from the Jungle
Matthew Tullman, Current Events Editor
On current events.
Joyce Chen Blogging from New York.
Tharuna Devchand Blogging from South Africa.
J Lampinen
Our resident comic strip, Congo & Steve
Joanna Lord
Blogging on life, art and spirituality.
Jeremy Olsen
Director of Development emeritus and occasional commentator.
Dan Rickabus
On things musical.
Nicky Schildkraut
On poetry.

Plus guest writers and past staff, including Zach Fehst, Amy Reynolds, Aaron Vaccaro, Jae Day, Sarah Jawaid, Scott Martin, and Bronson Picket.
April 19, 2010, at 7:25 am — Arts and Culture | Music / / / / / / / /

Eclecticism and the Rise of Honest Music

This post is actually my final essay for LIB 310, Creativity, here at GVSU: Being both a passionate musician and an audio engineer on the verge of hurling myself into “the real world,” I’ve been examining and pondering this new musical climate, and it seems to be an incredible time to be a sound recordist, to be an instrumentalist, and to be a music lover.

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April 15, 2010, at 6:42 pm — Arts and Culture | Audio | Music | music tracks / / / / / / / / / /

Derek Polischuk: Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1

The Avocado Jungle is excited to share with you an excellent performance of the Shostakovich Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet, and String Orchestra, Op. 35. Pianist Derek Polischuk is on the stage with Richard Illman on trumpet and the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra.

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 – I. Allegretto
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 – II. Lento
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 – III. Moderato
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 – IV. Allegro con brio

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April 15, 2010, at 6:38 pm — Arts and Culture | Audio | audio interview | Interviews | Music / / / / / / / /

An interview with concert pianist Derek Polischuk: PART 2

I had the pleasure of an interview with concert pianist, educator, and great guy Derek Polischuk. This is the second part of two. Listen to part two of the interview. Or go to part one.

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April 14, 2010, at 6:17 pm — Art | Arts and Culture | Music | Photography / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /

Photography: Angela Richelle shoots Red Light Go

"Aldo Sings", photograph by Angela Richelle. From the Red Light Go recording session at PRS in Pasadena March 12, 2010.

Last month, Dana Castaldo, aka Aldo—guitarist, lead singer, and creator of rock band Red Light Go—brought one of his songs to the recording studio for a collaborative recording session exclusively for the Avocado Jungle. I took some shots of the occasion.

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April 10, 2010, at 11:00 pm — Arts and Culture | Audio | Music | music tracks / / / / / / /

Derek Polischuk: Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor

The Avocado Jungle is thrilled to share with you a very fine performance by pianist Derek Polischuk and the Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor.
1st movement.
2nd movement
3rd movement

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April 10, 2010, at 10:00 pm — Arts and Culture | Music | Music In Our House | music video | video interview | Videos / / / / / / /

Music In Our House welcomes Dan Rickabus


A performance in my home by our own music blogger, Dan Rickabus, singing and rockin’ the uke.

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April 10, 2010, at 9:00 pm — Arts and Culture | Audio | audio interview | Interviews | Music / / / / / / / /

An interview with concert pianist Derek Polischuk: PART 1

Teaching at Michigan State University’s College of Music in East Lansing is an incredible pianist and teacher with a sharp mind and an infectiously positive outlook, Derek Polischuk. I had the pleasure of an interview with him. This is part 1 of 2. Listen to the interview.

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April 8, 2010, at 12:03 pm — Arts and Culture | Music | music blog / / /

Heavy Rotation

In an attempt to avoid a total site crash during “favorite things” week, I’ve limited myself to a “Favorite Albums” list. Check it out, this would be a fun post to have lots of comments/discussion on! What do you agree with, and/or what do you think I’m way off on? Don’t be shy, Jungle people.

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April 2, 2010, at 11:15 am — Arts and Culture | Music | music blog / / / / / /

Tasty Tunes

Whatever your personal art is, whether it be food, music, beer, painting, dance, or even math, if you’re passionate enough about it, you’ll never be alone. We’re all artists if we care enough about something.

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March 14, 2010, at 12:06 pm — Arts and Culture | Music | music blog / /

“Band” of Brothers (& Sisters)

I’m of the mind that one should never do something creative entirely alone. You should definitely have a trusted pack of buddies by your side while crafting some tunes.

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