The Year Before Yesterday by LAPQ

LAPQ Performs “The Year Before Yesterday” by Shaun Naidoo. This is the title track from their album on Sono Luminus.

Since 2009, the GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ) has forged a distinct identity as a world-class contemporary chamber music ensemble that is dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works for percussion quartet. Originally, members Nick Terry, Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, and Cory Hills joined together to create a classical percussion ensemble that would champion the important contributions of 20th century West Coast composers while collaborating with local artists to continue the tradition of innovation and exploration. Today, the group continues their mission while broadening creative output through recordings, performances, and educational outreach.

Percussion Education Weekly Reads 11/8/15

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PASIC week is here! Each November, percussionists from all over the world congregate at a convention center to watch clinics, attend masterclasses and clinics and talk about the new developments in the percussion world. It is a great time to catch up with old friends and meet new friends as well as see the new percussion products on the exhibit floor. As many of you know, I am the Percussion Product Manager for Yamaha Percussion. If you are going to be at PASIC, please stop by the booth and say hi. I look forward to meeting readers of this blog. Below is some reading for the plane ride. Enjoy! (more…)

Tongue and Groove by Robert Paterson

Tongue and Groove by Robert Paterson
Performed by Micheal Barnes and Liz Cullen

The title, Tongue and Groove, is borrowed from carpentry, and is a method of fitting similar objects together edge to edge. It also refers to the rhythmic interaction between the instruments and to how the different lines precisely follow each other.

The marimba part in the original version of this work uses six mallets. In order to allow percussionists who are unfamiliar with six mallet technique to play this piece, I created this four mallet version. The only difference between the two is that I removed a few notes here and there, but the essential feel is the same.

Tongue and Groove is also available in a four mallet version, and both versions were commissioned by CASE Arts Group Inc. and a consortium of performers.

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