Music Production and Performance with Jerome Bunke

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In today’s episode of the podcast I speak with Jerome Bunke, who is the producer of Stanley Drucker‘s 5 CD release called the Heritage Collection, which was the feature of the last episode. Jerome is a highly accomplished clarinetist and producer, and we discuss elements of his career as a performer, what it means to produce music, the importance of performing contemporary repertoire, and we have some surprising and interesting conversation about digital music formats vs. traditional vinyl that you won’t want to miss.

Discussion Topics

  • The importance of New Music
  • Producing Stanley Drucker’s “Heritage Collection”
  • What exactly does a Producer do?
  • Thoughts on recording and performance
  • Vinyl vs. CD vs. Digital
  • The Loudness War
  • ClarinetFest 2017
  • The Lightning Round


Musical Exerpts

  • Coming Soon.

About Jerome Bunke

Clarinetist Jerome Bunke grew up in Albany, NY vicinity and graduated from The Milne School. He was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School where he received B.M. and M.S, degrees. As a Collins Scholar, he earned his Ph.D. at New York University.

He made his New York solo concert debut as winner of the Concert Artist Guild Award. Later he taught at NYU and received their founders Day Award. An affiliate Artist at the Conservatory of Missouri-Kansan City, he was also the Principal Clarinetist of the Lake George Opera Festival. Recognized for championing contemporary music, his performances as a soloist and chamber musician include Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center. His tour of Japan included solo appearances with the Japan Philharmonic, NHK and the Yomiuri Symphony. He also played the Carnegie Hall premiere of Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.”

As a founding member of The Ariel Ensemble, he premiered compositions by Starer, Hoover, Barab, Gottlieb, Lane, Cohen, Harvey, Mayer, Jankowski, and Freeman, among others. Jerome Bunke appears on more than 20 recordings, including a Ford Foundation Recording Grant for the Concerto for Clarinet by Robert Keys Clark, a work commissioned for the soloist by the Composers Theatre.

His published articles appeared in the Music Journal, Bandwagon, NACWPI Journal and in the MENC Spotlight – a decade best anthology. He was the host/producer for the radio/TV series Chamber Music Showcase, which aired on WQXR and PBS. A versatile arts and music industry executive, Jerome served as Executive Producer of The Laureate Series for MMO, Executive Director of the Concert Artists Guild, President of Boosey & Hawkes and Chairman of the Chamber Music Panel of the Endowment for the Arts.

The President of Digital Force, a CD & DVD production company, he had been involved with projects that include: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The national Symphony, Music@Menlo, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, ArtisLed, Miro Quartet, Jeremy Denk, and Thomas Hampson.

Jerome is the Producer of the recently released “5 CD Heritage Collection of Live Performances by Stanley Drucker” which is available from DIGITALFORCE/CLARINEAT (also on Amazon).

Clarineat Podcast Production Team:

Theme music for the Clarineat Podcast is performed by Tom Puwalski (Episodes 1-49), and Michael Lowenstern (episodes 50 to present).

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