The Clarineat Podcast
The show for clarinetists
About: The Clarineat Podcast was founded in 2015 by Sean Perrin, and is not only the world’s most popular clarinet podcast, with over 300,000 downloads to date, but was also the first clarinet podcast on iTunes. Upon its launch, Clarineat was featured as “New and Noteworthy” by Apple, and has broken the top 100 on the USA, Canadian, and other Global podcasting charts.
Originally intended to feature “all that’s new and neat for clarinet,” Clarineat has now become “THE show for clarinetists” and focuses on a wide range of topics from self development, the business of music, solo music, chamber playing, orchestral careers, and even hearing protection.
Past guests include Martin Fröst, Stanley Drucker, Corrado Giuffredi, Eddie Daniels, Michael Lowenstern, Lori Freedman, and dozens of other famous clarinetists.
Clarineat has been featured by other podcasts including A Musical Life, Portfolio Composer, Contrabass Conversations, The Podcast Rodeo Show, and Podcast Review Show, and has received mention in the International Clarinet Association’s quarterly magazine, The Clarinet.
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Host, Producer, and Founder
Bio: Hi I’m Sean Perrin. I’m a multi-instrumentalist from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I love contemporary music, Radiohead, cars, and cooking, and am interested in everything to do with the clarinet. A few years ago I started The Clarineat Podcast, and it’s become a runaway success with listeners around the world and guests including Martin Fröst, Stanley Drucker, Michael Lowenstern, and too many others to list.
In addition to the podcast, I work full time as the Online Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Backun Musical Services, teach clarinet privately and at the Mount Royal Conservatory, and work as a freelance performer.
As a performer, I’ve had the chance to play with many ensembles including The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Red Deer Symphony, and Bow Valley Chorus; sports teams such as The Calgary Flames and The Calgary Stampeders; and pop acts such as Diana Krall, Keith Urban, Shania Twain, and Brett Kissel. As a past member of the Calgary Stampede Showband, Stetson Showband and Round Up Band I have performed throughout Canada, the United States, and as far away as Japan for hundreds of thousands of people, including none other than Queen Elizabeth II!
In 2015 I recorded my first album called “Dreamsongs,” which reached number 5 on the Canadian Jazz charts, and was funded by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Kickstarter, and Jazz YYC. The CD release concert was streamed online (before it was cool!) with audience members tuning in from as far away as Spain and New Zealand. You can check it out anywhere you get your digital music (or buy a CD from me directly for $10) if you still have a CD player. I obtained my Bachelor of Music Performance Degree (BMus) from The University of Calgary in 2009. Music has been quite the ride so far… and I’m looking for many more years ahead!
Brian Schappals is a clarinetist, composer and educator based in Seattle, WA that diversifies the art of clarinet playing by integrating multiple styles of playing into his performances and compositions. He holds a Master’s in Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Washington and Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Clarinet Performance and Music Composition from Whitworth University, having studied with Ben Lulich, Dr. Del Hungerford, Brent Edstrom, Richard Strauch, and Thomas Shook. In 2019, Brian won University of Washington Wind Ensemble’s concerto competition and performed David Maslanka’s Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble I. Lamentation. Brian is also an active musician in the greater Seattle area, performing with Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Emerald Ballet Theater Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, Inverted Space, The Sound Ensemble, and Bellingham Chamber Chorale. Most notably, Brian recently performed in the world premiere of Harry Partch’s original version of The Bewitched with the Harry Partch Ensemble.
Brian is also an active composer of contemporary classical music. While specializing in compositions for clarinet, he is well-versed in composing for a variety of ensembles, including orchestra, electro-acoustic pieces, and choral works. Most recently, Brian has been nominated as a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Wind Ensemble Composition for his concerto for clarinet and mixed ensemble titled “light…pale and angered.” He has also received commissions for compositions from three professors at Whitworth University and two students, which includes a professional commission from Dr. Philip Baldwin – the director of the Symphony Orchestra. Brian has two published works, Voyage for Saxophone Quartet and Electronics and an arrangement of Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan und Isolde for clarinet choir.