Growing up in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to see Mitchell Peters perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic numerous times. As a young percussionist, my first four mallet marimba solos were Waves and then Yellow After the Rain. I only wish there were resources and videos like the one James Beauton posted today. Bravo James! I look forward to future videos. (more…)
Caleidoscópio, written and performed by Gene Koshinski, is one of the solos from his book “TWO,” a collection of concert pieces for two-mallet marimba solo with a comprehensive guide to technique and performance practice.
The audio producer was Don Schraufnagel and Gene Koshinski and video by Marc Hill.
The Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach is one of my favorite compositions. This is especially true performed on solo marimba. I will never forget Jean Geoffroy’s performance the Chaconne at the 2017 International Katarzyna Myćka Marimba Academy. Today’s video features a beautiful performance of Chaconne performed and arranged by Mika Stoltzman.
Recorded at Purchase Performing Center (New York City, NY) on 2-28-2018. The recording producer was Steven Epstein and filmed by Mikako Ishii. (more…)
I hope everyone knows Ivan Trevino’s music! If not, visit his website or YouTube and start listening. (Watch Catching Shadows (Marimba Duo)). Crossroads for marimba and cajon, was written for Bryce Turner.
Ivan’s says that Crossroads is an intersection of rhythmic complexity and melodic simplicity. Throughout the piece, the two players share complex unison rhythms. At times, the cajón player also plays deskbells with feet.
Libertango has always been one of my favorite arrangements on marimba. This composition was written by Astor Piazzolla in 1974 and has been covered by many ensembles since. In 2010, I featured Jasmin Kolberg performing Eric Sammut’s arrangement of Libertango. Today’s video features a performance by Japanese marimba virtuoso Kana Omori. Click here to purchase Kana Omori’s arrangement of Libertango.