Longtime Auburn Performer Tracing New Media Scene

Bob Piorun has been at the center of the Auburn music scene for decades, and now he is the curator.

Piorun presents "Musically Speaking", a series of interviews aired by Auburn Regional Media Access and available on YouTube. Episodes with Donald "Doc" Westee, Frank Mucedola and The Blue Lights have already been broadcast. Piorun, who produced the show with former ARMA general manager Cathy Tripiciano, said they would launch a new half-hour episode with a weekly show, so.

The idea of "talking musically" dates back to the days when Piorun, a teenager playing guitar in the 60s in Auburn like the Dickman Club, Belvedere and Green Acres. A young musician who played with older artists, Piorun often found himself defending each generation to another, because "I just liked the idea of playing music," he said. declared Friday.

As time passed and these older musicians began to disappear, Piorun wanted to honor them and their old football field. So he spoke with Tripiciano, and together they started to "talk musically". Piorun said his original idea was to order the series in chronological order, but he quickly realized he would have to interview his guests when they became available, he did, he said. The episodes traditionally end with a Piorun song with his guest, and sometimes include archive photos of the guest career published by Tripiciano.

Piorun said he began the series with Westee, who began taking singing lessons with Piorun at the age of 76 because he is well known in the community and an inspiring story.

Bob Piorun celebrated his 70th birthday by – what else? – play a concert.

"It's fun to have someone to show people that no matter how old they are, they can still access the music," Piorun said.

Tripiciano said it was downloading the cable access series to YouTube for the same reason that Piorun had started: bringing the generations together. And because Piorun taught music for years to students who moved to the country, he said, they wanted the audience to see the show too. The reactions they have received come from all over the country, said Tripiciano.

"We had fun with that," he said. "It's a business project for both."

Future episodes of Musically Likes will feature local actors such as Joe Whiting and Mark Doyle, said Piorun. He also hopes to present Seneca Cayuga Arch Study's light point program, where he teaches music for people with disabilities, as well as the city's current music scene centered on street installations like Salteria Osteria Salina. Moondog

"All night in the summer, you can park in the center of the city and there will be everything here," he said.

Although Piorun only tries to capture the musical history of Auburn as completely as possible, it is expected that a theme will emerge: Auburn enjoyed a great music scene.

"We have very good musicians, and I want to emphasize this," he said. "I want to document all the great musicians who have come from here, and the level of musicality is above average."