Percussion Education Weekly Reads 3/15/15

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I hope you had a great week. I have been busy preparing for the premiere performance of Passageways, a new piece by Baljinder Sekhon, for solo steel pan and percussion ensemble. I am premiering the piece in Chicago on Saturday, March 28 with the CYSO Percussion Ensemble (Ben Wahlund, director). Click here for more information. If you are in Chicago, come by and check it out. Below are some reading materials for the week. Enjoy. (more…)

Fractalia by Owen Clayton Condon

Third Coast Percussion member Owen Clayton Condon writes music influenced by minimalism, electronica and taiko drumming. His newest piece, Fractalia, written for Third Coast Percussion in 2011, is a sonic celebration of fractals, geometric shapes whose parts are each a reduced-size copy of the whole (derived from the Latin fractus, meaning “broken”).

The kaleidoscopic fractured melodies within Fractalia are created by passing a repeated figure through four players in different registers of the marimba. Condon’s acoustic and electronic works, including Fractalia, have been featured as the soundtrack to video and light installations at Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” and Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate,” the famous sculpture (affectionately referred to as “The Bean”) in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Percussion Education Weekly Reads 3/8/15

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Hello again. I am back! Happy Daylights Savings (in the US). The past three months have been a whirlwind and things are finally starting to settle down. So, you may ask, where have I been? Well, I am preparing a long post about this transition on my website but the short story is that I have started working for Yamaha Corporation of America on December 15, 2014 in Buena Park, CA. I am the Percussion Product Manager and I am excited about the new opportunities and team I am working with. (more…)

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