Manoury – Le Livre des Claviers – III – Sextuor de sixxens

Third Coast Percussion performs Philippe Manoury’s Le Livre des Claviers – III – Sextour de Sixxens (Book of Keys, movement III: Sextet for Sixxen). Sixxen are metallic keyboard instruments that Iannis Xenakis developed specifically for his masterpiece Pléiades.

What are your reactions to the sound of these instruments? If you have been lucky enough to see all of Manoury’s six movement work live what impression did it leave on you? Leave your comments below.

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Originally posted on DrumChattr on January 2, 2011.

Fred Frith & Evelyn Glennie – A Little Prayer

This video comes from the documentary “Touch the Sound – A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie”, by Thomas Riedelsheimer. Few percussionists have brought our art into the mainstream like Evelyn Glennie. Evelyn has an impressive diversity of accomplishments in her career. Which of these do you think is most important to our art and its continued development? Leave your comments below.
 Originally posted on DrumChattr on November 30, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

“Triptych” by Conspirare and the University of Texas Percussion Group

Happy Thanksgiving from the DrumChattr team! Today’s video features an interesting collaboration between Grammy nominated choir “Conspirare” and the University of Texas Percussion Group. Originally part of a PBS pledge special this concert was recorded and distributed world wide via the Harmoni Mundi label in May of 2009. Rumor has it that it may be re-aired in early December on many national PBS stations. Check your local listings. Click here for more collaborative videos from the DVD.

Triptych originally was scored for small string orchestra and in this version was adapted for percussion. What new or interesting combinations/collaborations have you been involved in? Leave your thoughts below in the comments.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on November 25, 2010.

Steve Schick performs Psappha

Psappha is a work for multi-percussion by Iannis Xenakis. The work is scored for three groups of three groups of both wood and skins and three groups of metal instruments and the specific instrumentation is left up to the performer. This performance features percussion virtuoso Steve Schick.

Samuel Solomon’s program notes on Psappha can be found here. Has anyone performed this piece? What instruments did you end up using? Leave a comment below.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on November 10, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

There’s No Sound In My Head

There's No Sound In My Head from Lateral Films on Vimeo.

Today’s video is a documentary by Robert Arnold about Mark Applebaum’s Metaphysics of Notation. It is a fascinating video that discusses the development and performance of this graphic notation piece. The documentary features insights by famous composers such as Brian Ferneyhough and Paul Dresher as well as performers. Composer Chris Chafe says “This was a piece of music that was very substantial import… It provided a platform or framework for musical communication. This is the essence of what any score is going to do.”

Watch the video and let us know what you think. Is this music or graphic notation or both? Have you ever played a graphic notation piece? Leave your thoughts and comments below

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