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by Sam Pilafian, tuba, with Gabe Hall-Rodrigues, accordion
CATCH-UP: Samuel Pilafian (1949 to 2019) was an American tuba player and teacher. James Samuel Pilafian was born in Miami, Florida, USA, on October 25th 1949. As a young man, he participated in the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, and became only the second tuba player ever to win the concerto competition. Because of his performance at the Camp, he was awarded scholarships to study at both Dartmouth College and the Tanglewood Music Center. Leonard Bernstein then chose him to perform in the world premiere of Bernstein's "Mass", at the opening of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Since then, he had performed numerous times during international concerts and soundtrack recordings. He also founded the 'Empire Brass Quartet', and was part of the orchestras backing the Broadway musicals "Doctor Jazz" and "Much Ado About Nothing". He was also active in the 'jazz' scene, having played previously with the 'Duke Ellington Orchestra' and (since 1991) in the duo 'Travelin' Light', with guitarist Frank Vignola. Alongside saxophonist Scott Zimmer, he had also played the classically-based music of Maurice Ravel, Bela Bartok, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman (as well as that of 'Captain Beefheart!). Another claim to fame came when he took part once in a 'Pink Floyd' recording. He started his teaching career quite late on, at Arizona State University in 1994 (later moving to North Dakota State University, in 2017). Samuel Pilafian died from colon cancer at his home in Tempe, Arizona, on April 4th 2019, aged 69. He leaves his wife Diann plus their two sons. http://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/obituaries/sam-pilafian-dead.html
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Pilafian
Posted: 16th May 2019
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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