Tag Archives: Music

Superhero Backstories – Stocking the Store

15 Aug

Ramon Ricker’s approach to the entrepreneurship in music goes back many years. He started studying and playing at the age of 5, taking piano lessons from his mother. At 10, he added the clarinet to his repertoire. At 16, the saxophone and the intent to become a musician. Practice was more important than grades as […]

Christopher Azzara

20 Jan

As children we love to “make things up”, be it stories or songs or friends… our imaginations are limitless. Why do we stop that? When are we told that is unacceptable? Why do we need to RE-learn this gift? Chris’s talk gave me such insights into our education system and the way we teach children; […]

Jim Gresko and Dave Vogler

19 Nov

We are fortunate to have a host of very talented industrial designers in the region. Dave and Jim were our first two person bandy-back-and-forth talk, which is not typical on the TED stage. When I met the two and discovered their interesting notions on the relationship between music, specifically jazz, an industrial design, I had […]

Ramon Ricker

26 Nov

An accomplished musician, composer and author, Ramon Ricker is Senior Associate Dean for Professional Studies, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; where he has been a faculty member since 1972. Throughout his long and varied career, Dr. Ricker has straddled […]

Petar Kodzas

03 Dec

Petar’s guitar interlude was a welcome respite from the day’s events. He gives a wonderful and funny intro to his music and then proceeds to play. The notes washed over us and really eased us into the second half of the event as we were all simultaneously relaxed and invigorated by Petar’s playing. His style […]