VIC FIRTH SIGNATURE ARTIST
Coming from the "four mallet school", Ed Saindon has developed and continues to refine a pianistic approach to mallet playing that involves a consistent utilization of all four mallets via the Fulcrum Grip, a four mallet grip he developed for vibraphone and marimba playing. Ed has absorbed and transferred the influences from the piano lineage that stretches from Art Tatum up to the present. In addition, sound is an important issue for him and he continues to work on trying to get more nuance and expression out of the instrument via the use of dynamics, dampening and deadstrokes. Originally a drummer, he began playing the vibraphone and piano while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1972-1976.
As a concert artist and clinician, Ed has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan. In addition to performing, his other passion is music education. He is a Professor at Berklee where he has been teaching since 1976 and is also active as a clinician sponsored by Yamaha and Vic Firth. Published books include Berklee Practice Method: Vibraphone (Berklee Press), Rhythmic Phrasing in Improvisation and Advanced Rhythms in Improvisation (Advance Music) and his new book The Complete Guide to Improvisation.
Ed has authored many articles on music education, jazz theory and improvisation. His articles have appeared in many publications including Down Beat, Percussive Notes (Percussive Arts Society magazine) and Percussioner International. He is currently the vibraphone and jazz mallet editor for the Percussive Arts Society.
Ed is active as a composer for his own recordings. His last two recordings as a leader, Key Play with Kenny Werner and Depth of Emotion with Dave Liebman, have featured his compositions.
Information on Ed's mallets, recordings, articles and books is available at http://www.edsaindon.com
Ed's Facebook pages include The Complete Guide To Improvisation, All Things Improvisation, All Things Vibraphone, Solo Vibraphone Playing, Ed Saindon Vibraphone, Ed Saindon Marimba and Ed Saindon Piano.
In addition to his primary YouTube channel, Ed's other YouTube channels include Ed Saindon Jazz Improvisation, Ed Saindon Marimba, Ed Saindon Piano and Ed Saindon Solo Vibraphone.
"Alone Together" by Arthur Schwartz
|"Wave" by Antonio Carlos Jobim||"Autumn Leaves" by Joseph Kosma|
|"Alone Together"||"Body and Soul"|
|"Round Midnight"||"Danny Boy"|
Ed Saindon Signature Mallet
Ed's Signature Vibraphone Mallet:
|Signature Vibraphone - Ed Saindon
As a performing artist and clinician‚ Ed Saindon has traveled much of the world sharing his "pianistic approach" to playing. His new mallet creates a full sound with exceptional clarity at all dynamic levels. With a weighted core and tightly wrapped thin cord‚ this mallet is very versatile on vibraphone and marimba. Rattan shafts.
L = 16 1/4" [enlarge photo]
Check out the latest videos from Ed performing with his signature mallets on the marimba. With it's versatile design, these mallets produce a warm, articulate sound on vibraphone AND marimba!
An Evening in New Hampshire
LISTEN TO CUTS FROM ED’S MOST RECENT CD:
About “DEPTH OF EMOTION”:
Inspiration for musicians and composers can come from many sources. It might be a special person, a city or a mountain scene. In the case of “The Last Goodbye,” “Sao Paulo,” and “Alpine Sunset,” all of the above were sources of inspiration.
“The Last Goodbye” is in honor of legendary educator Herb Pomeroy who was a special musician and person who recently passed away. I had the privilege to play with Herb for many years in a duo format. He was a huge influence on me and so many other musicians in the jazz community. He will surely be missed, but his music and legacy will live on through everyone who knew and played with him.
“Sao Paulo” was inspired by a trip to Brazil several years ago that I undertook to give some clinics and concerts. It was a great experience and I loved the people, music, and food.
“Alpine Sunset” was written after a trip to Switzerland that my wife Pam and I took. The photo on the cover of this recording was taken from our chalet where we were staying in Interlaken, Switzerland. We traveled by train to the summit of Jungfrau which is the mountain on the right shown in the photo. Needless to say, it was an awe inspiring experience.
“Giorgio’s Theme” was written for Giorgio Pacassoni, the father of Marco Pacassoni, a former student from Italy. Giorgio and the Pacassoni family treated my wife and me to a wonderful trip in Italy several years ago. When we recorded this song, I was playing marimba in an isolated booth and couldn’t see Dave. The rhythm section started the song and all of a sudden I heard this beautiful, wooden Indian flute. It was totally unexpected and no one had any idea that Dave had brought it to the session. It was very effective in helping to create the right mood for the composition.
The “Piano Solo Reflections” are short, musical vignettes simply rendered to evoke a medley of moods for the listener. Being a fan of Astor Piazzolla and his music, I wrote “Piazzolla” in his honor. Piazzolla was a tremendous composer/musician and his powerful music is filled with a great deal of emotion.
“Joyful Sorrow” for me evokes many emotions. In music, it’s interesting how a piece of music can elicit multiple and layered emotions simultaneously. A composition can evoke both sadness and melancholy while at the same time elicit a sense of peacefulness and joy.
The entire session was recorded in three hours and had a relaxed feel. In essence, it felt like a musical dialogue among empathetic friends. It was clear from the beginning of the session and throughout, that everyone was stretching, listening and certainly not “playing it safe.” The session was over before we knew it. I hope you enjoy this music as much as we enjoyed playing it.”
LISTEN TO CUTS FROM KEY PLAY!
A REVIEW of “Key Play” from JAZZREVIEW.COM:
A pleasant interlude from the standards, Saindon’s writing has a contemporary feel that just slightly hints at romanticism. Of note, 18th’s child feels like a light-hearted minuet with a timeless quality that keeps the song playing long after it finishes. Spur of the Moment is played at a rapid pace with both piano and vibes exchanging long lines that quickly chase each other, running circles that move rapidly to a delicate, lingering close.”
CHECK OUT SOME EXCERPTS FROM ED'S 2006 PASIC CLINIC: