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 Jim Stoyanoff plays in Manchester
Author: Ralph Katz 
Date:   2009-05-14 17:06

I heard Jim Stoyanoff play at a dance camp at High Scope Camp (Manchester, MI) two weeks ago. He used an Amati G Albert clarinet exclusively. Let us say that everyone, including the musicians, were highly lubricated, but this didn't seem to phase anyone and his playing was terrific.

Jim was born in Chicago to a Macedonian father and Greek mother, giving him access to both active communities. He wrote an article for The Clarinet in 1990 about use of the Albert system in ethnic music, which was supposed to be the first of a series, but I don't think there were any more.

When I spoke with him, he said pretty much what was in the 1990 article, about systematically deconstructing the carefully engineered intonation of his instrument, in order to achieve the specific tunings required.

He was using a barrel-mounted TC-R pickup from TAP Electronics in Athens, with a wireless setup, and it sounded good, although Jim had some comments about required EQ corrections. The wireless let him get out into the middle of the dances, which was very cool.

Post Edited (2009-05-14 17:07)

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 Re: Jim Stoyanoff plays in Manchester
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2009-05-15 23:44

He is amazing, isn't he!

I went to a Chicago workshop about 10 years ago where he was teaching, but since it was my first "no notes"/learning by ear workshop ever, I didn't get any great tunes. But I love his playing!

I gotta get back to that workshop one of these years...I have seemed to have a paying gig the last 3-4 years though...

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 Re: Jim Stoyanoff plays in Manchester
Author: Ralph Katz 
Date:   2009-05-17 14:09


Are you talking about the "Spring Festival"? Here is their website:

Turn your speakers on!

Post Edited (2009-05-18 01:28)

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 Re: Jim Stoyanoff plays in Manchester
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2009-05-18 02:26

That is indeed the one! Like I said, I've ended up being unable to go for a while...maybe next year!

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 Re: Jim Stoyanoff plays in Manchester
Author: Ralph Katz 
Date:   2009-05-19 01:40

The music on their webpage is great! Was that recorded at the festival or is it a commercial recording?

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 Re: Jim Stoyanoff plays in Manchester
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2009-05-19 03:54

I don't recognize it at all, actually. It's traditional Bulgarian, that much I can tell you...or mayyyybeee Macedonian, but I don't think so! Email John Kuo (the guy that runs it) and ask him! :)

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 Re: Jim Stoyanoff plays in Manchester
Author: Ralph Katz 
Date:   2009-05-20 01:27

Whatever it is, the playing is *vverryy* clean.

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