Corresponding Points of Self-Similar by Steve Kornicki

Corresponding Points of Self-Similar Lines in a Terminal Cadence (2011-2015) by Steve Kornicki

I have been fortunate to work, play and commission works by Steve Kornicki. I have always enjoyed his music and I was happy to see his new piece by Ensemble P4.

Kristie Born, piano
Rose Shlyam Grace, piano
Marja Kerney, vibraphone
Thad Anderson, marimba

Ensemble P4 is an intercollegiate piano and percussion quartet based in Central Florida. Formed in 2012, the group has performed extensively throughout the state of Florida and recently completed a mid-west tour with stops at the University of Illinois at Champaign, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Valparaiso University. Upcoming projects include commissioning five new works, a concert tour here in Florida, and a recording project. Ensemble P4 is made up of faculty members from Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, and the University of Central Florida.

“Corresponding Points of Self-Similar Lines in a Terminal Cadence” is harmonically constructed from the layering of three tonally compatible twelve-tone rows listed below. Self-similarity is applied to the continuity of rhythm and texture with the piano lines in fragmented, pointillistic patterns throughout and the keyboard percussion in fixed, grid-like ostinati. A gradual momentum ensues reaching its terminus wherein the rhythmic self-similarity finally relents and breaks apart into a cadence of triplets and a final, dissipating chord of trilling sounds.

The electronic playback is a rhythmic accompaniment consisting entirely of sampled “found object” percussive sounds recorded by the composer. The playback begins the piece with a count off and corresponds and synchronizes with the ensemble.

Piano 1, marimba = A, F#, G, E , D, C, Bb, Ab, F, Db, Eb, B
Piano 2 = B, E, A, D, C, Eb, Bb, F, G, Db, Ab , F#
Vibraphone = C#, D, B, G, F, A, C, Eb, Bb, Ab, F#, E

This performance is from the University of Central Florida, February 13, 2016.

Copyright 2016 Steve Kornicki

PAS names Joshua Simonds as New Executive Director


“I am honored the Board of Directors has entrusted me with leading this distinguished organization and am eager to start working with members around the world to build on 55 years of amazing history. Together, we will ensure PAS continues to be the global leader in percussion and drumming, and as our mission states, inspire, educate, and support percussionists and drummers throughout the world.”

Joshua Simonds is currently Executive Director of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. He holds a Master of Arts in Arts Management from American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts in Percussion from California State University, Long Beach.

During his tenure, CYSO has more than doubled its programs, built strong relationships with world-class composers resulting in numerous world and local premieres, and initiated groundbreaking artistic collaborations, including performances with Ben Folds, My Morning Jacket, The Second City, My Brightest Diamond, the Chicago Bulls, and multiple performances at the legendary rock festival Lollapalooza.

His passion for percussion has always been at the forefront of his work at CYSO. During his tenure at CYSO, the organization built one of the largest youth steel pan programs in the midwest, performed multiple times with Chicago’s Blue Man Group in Chicago’s Millennium Park, engaged Third Coast Percussion on multiple occasions including a 2014 year-in-residence resulting in a New Music USA grant for a video recording of David T Little’s Radiant Child for Percussion Quartet and Orchestra, and most recently secured Glenn Kotche as CYSO’s 2016-2017 Composer in Residence. These are just a few examples of Joshua’s life-long commitment to percussion performance and education.

In addition to artistic achievements, he has been instrumental in overseeing CYSO’s rebranding efforts, growth of the Board of Directors, re-establishing an international touring program, and increased financial support on a national and local level.

Joshua currently sits on the Youth Orchestra Division Board of the League of American Orchestras, has served as an instructor of Performing Arts Management at DePaul University, and is very active in both local and national arts advocacy.

While at California State University, Long Beach, Joshua studied percussion with Raynor Carroll, Principal Percussionist of the LA Philharmonic, Dr. Dave Gerhart, and the late Dr. Michael Carney. Joshua is also a proud alumnus of the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Joshua Simonds as the new PAS Executive Director. The skill set one must possess for a job such as this is extremely diverse and we had to find the right person. Joshua Simonds is that person and the future of PAS is very bright. Onward! ” — Dr. Julie Hill, PAS President

Visit the Percussive Arts Society for more information.

Karyokinesis by Aaron Williams

Karyokinesis, an original mallet quartet, composed by Aaron DeWayne Williams, for xylophone, vibraphone, and 2 marimbas. Aaron was a student of mine at CSULB. He is an amazing musician and tap dancer.

All video and audio recorded, edited, and mixed by Aaron DeWayne Williams.

Percy Graniger Quote


“I firmly believe that music will someday become a “universal language.” But it will not become so as long as our musical vision is limited to the output of four European countries between 1700 and 1900. The first step in the right direction is to view the music of all peoples and periods without prejudice of any kind, and to strive to put the world’s known and available best music into circulation. Only then shall we be justified in calling music a “universal language.”

Percy Graniger (June 20, 1933)

Thanks to Chal Ragsdale for sharing this quote with me.

Ali Dembele & Petit Adama

YouTube is an amazing resource for world music. Here’s a great example of some of the videos I have been watching lately. Amazing Balafon music from Africa. What have you been watching? Leave a comment below.

Percussion Education Reads 2016 Graduation Edition


It is graduation time and all over the US, college and university students are walking down the aisle and moving on to grad schools, internships and other opportunities that are waiting for them. For some, this is also a time of uncertainty while they figure out the next step. Being a musician/artist is difficult. Not kind of difficult or even a little difficult, EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. I recently watched a video GaryVee posted on YouTube (What to do After College) where he talks about taking the next 5 years of your life to build your career path. It is all about the hustle! That means turn off Netflix/YouTube/SnapChat and make every minute count. Below are some other sources of inspiration. I hope you find them enriching as you grow and continue down your path. Good luck and please feel free to leave a comment if I can ever do anything for you. (more…)

On Student Attendance at Faculty Performances


By Tracy Wiggins

Music students of the world: Your teachers spend more of their lives than you can imagine right now perfecting their crafts. They have studied their instruments and repertoire. They have spent hours in the practice room and performance halls. Then, they become YOUR teacher. They spend endless amounts of time teaching you, advising you, counseling you and more, all while continuing to work to still improve their own craft. They go to your rehearsals, your coachings, your concerts, your recitals and more to support you. Our teachers become some of the most important figures in our lives, and you, the students, become some of the most important figures in your teachers lives. (more…)

Being a Good Colleague

I am always looking for great posts and I was so happy when I read this post and Steve allowed me to repost it on this site. The advice in this post is valuable for any musician no matter the genre or level of the performer. Please share it with your students, colleagues and fellow musicians.


Being a Good Colleague – A guide to getting the hang of “the hang” for newly graduated music students.

By Steve Trapani

As another year comes to a close at CSU, Long Beach (this was my 10th) I find myself thinking about what is next for all of the recently graduated music majors from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, as well as those from all of the other music schools across the country. Much has been written on the subject of improving as a musician, but not much gets put out there on the subject of interacting with your colleagues once you start working in the business. To be sure, the vast majority of your time as a young musician needs to be spent in the practice room perfecting the craft of your chosen instrument. However, I believe it’s also important to have some guidelines to help navigate the incredibly complicated social world of the professional musician. (more…)

Percussion Education Reads 5/6/16


Has it really been two months since my last Percussion Education Reads? Wow. It has been a really busy couple of months. I have been playing Passageways by Baljinder Sekhon in Minnesota, Indianapolis and Kentucky. I have been on a lot of planes and I have been reading a lot of articles. Enjoy and I will promise to post more in the coming months.

Let The Head Of TED Show You How To End Your Speech With Power by Chris Anderson

Prioritize Your Tasks by Motivation Instead of Time With Activity Blocks by Patrick Allan

Rhythmicity: The Importance of Practicing Tricky Passages in Rhythm by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.

From Resume Lies to Lessons From Harvard: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories by Fast Company Staff

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