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We are about to start a new school year and in the first article of our blog, I would like to do a brief review of the past months from the launching of the Josep Fuster 2017 Edition barrel for Yamaha clarinet, to the collaboration agreement signed between Arixa Clarinets and the University of the Balearic Islands, or our experience at the ClarinetFest 2017 held in Orlando and all the news for this year. So carry on reading this article and I wish you enjoy it. 


CLARINETFEST 2017

If I would have to choose a word to describe the ClarinetFest 2017 it would be “INCREDIBLE”.

Caroline Hartig, president of the ICA, was in charge of the official opening of the convention, followed by the presentations of the ICA Honorary Members: Eddie Daniels, Luis Rossi and Richard Stolzman.

The opening gala continued with a wonderful concert by different first class soloists accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. First of all, Steve Ahearn performed the Première Rhapsodie by Debussy. Being able to listen live to such special melodies is wonderful for a clarinetist and one can appreciate the difficulty of this piece. It requires great sound control throughout the clarinet’s tonal spectrum and dynamics and a huge technical control. I loved the orchestral version.

Afterwards, Milan Rericha captivated us with an arrangement by J. Glenesk of Carmen Fantasy by Bizet, offering a great virtuosity in the altissimo register, double tonguing, circular breathing and a great musical sensitivity.

Julian Bliss played the Concerto for clarinet and orchestra by Carl Nielsen. I must say this is one of the occasions I have most enjoyed listening to such a complete clarinetist with a total control of the clarinet. It was great!

 

After the intermission, the long-awaited Richard Stolzman performed the Sonata for clarinet by Leonard Bernstein, masterfully orchestrated for this occasion and where one could appreciate Stolzman has been one of the most important clarinetists of all times.

The concert ended with Eddie Daniels playing the Concerto for Jazz clarinet and orchestra by Calendrelli, showing he is a real jazz musician.

The following days we spent at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, located by the entrance to Universal Orlando, a wonderful place to dedicate four complete days trying clarinets and accessories:

YAMAHA with the spectacular Custom YCL-SEVR model
SELMER, that were launching new reeds
BUFFET with the Tradition, Tosca and the new Légende
BACKUN with their new Q model, but I especially liked the Moba
RZ with an interesting model called Bohemia
LEBLANC with the Serenade model. It sounds great and thought for high level students. I was able to try it and talk to Julian Bliss about its characteristics.
ROSSI, who makes a policylindrical model that I loved.
 BURGANI with clarinets made of different woods.

Apart from many more accessories for clarinet such as ligatures:

Rovner
Ishimori
Silverstein

Barrels:

Rice, with the interesting model made combining metal and delrin
Fobes
Pereira, using 3D technology

Behn mouthpieces or reeds by Steuer, González, Aria o Alta, amongst others.

I also met Robert Dilutis for those who like to make their own reeds with The Reed Machine o Reed Geek for reed adjustment.

Combined with all these trying out sessions, one can attend masterclasses, like the ones Milan Rericha or Jonathan Coler offered; interesting lectures; competitions; clarinet choirs, recitals or ensembles. All very interesting options to be updated with our instrument.

Finally, on Saturday I attended the professors’ clarinet choir concert, where they performed different pieces for clarinet ensemble.

It is a totally recommendable experience for all clarinet lovers to enjoy a few days “wrapped in clarinet products” and meet great clarinetists such as Luis Rossi, Milan Rericha, Julian Bliss… or Sean Perrin from Clarineat Podcast or Jessica Phillips from YouTube, amongst others.

And to have a “round trip”, we visited Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center!

I would like to congratulate the ICA for this great event. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Josep Fuster 2017 Edition

The past year has been very special because, after many months of hard work, we launched our Josep Fuster 2017 Edition barrel for Yamaha GSCIII clarinet, a fusion of experiences. Our idea is to work on a version of this barrel for other clarinets, always working together with the great clarinetist Josep Fuster.

Collaboration with the University of the Balearic Islands

I would like to tell you a little bit about the collaboration agreement signed in July with the UIB, to work together on barrel prototypes made with 3D technology.

https://fueib.org/es/noticias/fueib/173/acuerdo-marco-de-colaboracion-entre-arixa-clarinets-y-la-uib

http://diari.uib.es/arxiu/Arixa-Clarinets-i-la-UIB-collaboren-per-aplicar-la.cid492703

This agreement will help the positioning of Arixa Clarinets as one of the pioneering barrel construction companies in 3D technology, appearing on the Spanish 3D reference website www.imprimalia3d.com.

http://imprimalia3d.com/noticias/2017/07/05/009194/barriletes-clarinete-impresi-n-3d

We are working on various barrel prototypes, using different technologies and materials. And, of course, high on our list is the respect for the environment. 

Consistency

We carry on working hard for continual improvement of our barrels, adding new working procedures and tools to our workshop.

Clarinet bells

We have already started designing and testing the first clarinet bells.

Arixa Clarinets 3D Technology

Very soon we will present you the first novelty of this year, which will be a year full of surprises.

As you might already know, it will be the first Arixa Clarinets barrel made with 3D technology and offering new characteristics.

Social network

From Arixa Clarinets, I would like to thank you all for your support through our social network. Just to give you a couple of examples, in July 2016 our Facebook fan page had 700 fans and one year later we have 1100, about a 30% more.

In 2016, on our YouTube channel we had 4000 minutes watch time and this year we have 22.000 minutes, about four times more, reaching about 90 different countries.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter at www.arixaclarinets.com.

To finish this article I would like to thank all those people that make Arixa Clarinets possible.

Thank you very much.

Tolo Mercadal

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