Below are two of my favorite tracks that I wanted to share from my graduate recital in March of 2016. The two toons are "Frozen Frontiers" and "I Cut The Things". Both songs are from two very special collaborations I was apart of as I was finishing graduate school. The first was a multimedia project with the Advanced Jazz Ensemble that tackled environmental issues that plague our planet. Members from the ensemble wrote different pieces based on these, and I decided to write about how humans have destroyed these glaciers in 1/1000 of the time nature created them. The second was another multimedia collaboration from the Robert H. and Faye Luscombe Collaborative Arts Fund that I was awarded. Based on the poetry of Samantha Schaefer, my colleague Elliot Bild and I wrote music that was choreographed by the amazing Brittany Latta. It was performed in April of 2016, and will hopefully be performed again in 2018. I hope you enjoy these songs, because they were wonderful experiences that I'm extremely proud of.
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Check out this clip of the Pilnick Project playing a great Joe Henderson toon from our February, East Coast Transplant, at the Union Cabaret and Grille. Other Pilnick Project Videos here: "EXPERIENCE".
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On April 28th, the Sam Pilnick Project was featured on Western Michigan University's own NPR Station, WMUK, as part of their weekend music series called "Let's Hear It" with host Craig Freeman. We were graciously welcomed into the stunning Takeda Studio to play "Maple", "Pure Imagination" and "Ball Pops Out", which are newer selections from the Project. It is a great session that featured not only these toons and the Project, but we got to hear from the Project about our backgrounds in music and why it's so much fun to have played together for almost two years. Thanks to Craig and WMUK for having us, it was a blast!
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