There are many people who play Bach on marimba, but no one does it better than Jean Geoffroy. He is a member of the Percussions de Strasbough and professor of percussion at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. He has multiple recordings of Bach, including:
Jean Geoffroy joue Bach
Bach: Variations Goldberg
J.S. Bach: Suites 1007 à 1012
This video features the Prélude from BWV 1007, the Bourrée from BWV 1009 and the Grave from BWV 1003.
Keiko Abe just celebrated her 80th birthday on April 18. Keiko Abe is a Japanese composer and marimba artist. According to wikipedia.org: “She has been a primary figure in the development of the marimba, in terms of expanding both technique and repertoire, and through her collaboration with the Yamaha Corporation, developed the modern five-octave concert marimba.”
Inner Eye is inspired by a statue of Shiva at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The “third eye” or “inner eye” of the statue is believed to see beyond sight, and is the portal into the central energy point of a being. This idea of inward reflection, and dizziness felt when observing the multiple faces of the statue, led the the circular motifs and chaotic moments of this piece.
Maria Finkelmeier, marimba and loop
Scott Quade, videography
I have featured the original recording of Andy Aikido’s Karakurenai a couple of months ago. It is a great piece for steel pan and marimba. During the summer, a former student, James Yoshizawa, recorded a video of him playing it on marimba.
“Originally composed in 2012, I made significant revisions to the piece in 2015, with the inclusion of an entirely new section. The piece combines two of my favorite instruments to perform on: marimba and drum set. The outer portions feature the marimba, with contrasting sections that use a variety of time signatures and harmonic ideas. By design, some phrases place the marimba in the role as accompanist, while most phrases see it scored as the solo voice. The middle section is meant to be a fun jam section based on the groove the underlies the piece from the very beginning. While portions of the middle section are open for improvisation, certain sections are written out to aid with transitions.” (From YouTube Description).
For more information about Rob and his compositions, contract Rob Sanderl.
The Great Plains International Marimba Competition just completed three days of great marimba performances. There were 30 semi-finalists (16 high school and 14 college) that competed for the top three spots in the high and college divisions.
Congratulations to the 2016 Great Plains International Marimba Winners! (more…)