On October 6, 2018, I was fortunate to attend a day of xylophone at NYU hosted by Jonathan Haas and Jon Singer. The day was called Xylophone Now! and featured performances and clinics by Xylofolks, Shaun Tilburg, Ian Finkel, James Saporito, NYU Percussion Ensemble, SUNY Purchase Percussion Ensemble, and the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble. The performances were absolutely amazing and I was so glad to finally have the opportunity to hear these great performers perform in a live setting.
This video features virtuoso xylophone soloist Bob Becker and NEXUS performing Valse Brillante (by George Hamilton Green/arr.Bob Becker) at a performance at the Sejong Culture Center in Seoul, Korea on May 19, 1984 as part of a NEXUS world tour. (The performers include Russell Hartenberger, Robin Engelman, Bill Cahn, John Wyre). Pay close attention to phrasing.
The Chicago-based Third Coast Percussion Group performed a NPR Tiny Desk Concert on May 29, 2018. NPR Tiny Desk Concerts are intimate concerts, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. These concerts began in 2008 and have featured over 400 concerts including Adele, Tower of Power, Dan Deacon, Lake Street Dive and more.
Third Coast Percussion’s set list included a diverse collection of works for percussion including Niagara, Amazon River (Philip Glass) and Torched and Wrecked. If you enjoy this performance, be sure to check out So Percussion’s Tiny Desk Concert from 2012.
Third Coast Percussion is: David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, Sean Connors.
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.
Where did the summer go? It feels like the kids just got out of school. It has been a busy summer for me and I am looking forward to some time to catch up and hang out with my family. Thanks to everyone who supported the Hasenpflug Consortium. As of last week, it has been fully funded. I can’t wait to working with Thom on the new piece. One of my goals this summer was to read more. Below are some of the books I am reading along with some lists for future reading. Please leave a comment and let me know what you are reading. There are so many books and so little time! (more…)
Matt Penland and Jake Harpster performing “flowerpot music no. 1” by Elliot Cole. I saw this piece live at the 2018 Northwest Percussion Festival and I fell in love with it. This is just one of many great pieces by Elliot Cole.
From the YouTube description: “Bwazan members, Khalifa and Bassidi Koné play a balafon and djembe duet during rehearsal at Maison des Jeunes, Bamako, Mali (Khalifa on balafon and Bassidi on djembe). In Bamako, Bassidi Kone leads his longstanding percussion group, Bwazan. For more information, check out the websites of Bassidi and Bwazan.
Summer is around the corner! Hard to believe. What are your summer plans? Are you going to learn a new piece or read some books? Leave a comment below and let me know. I am looking forward to traveling with my family as well as getting in shape. In the previous “Percussion Education Reads 5/25/18”, I have included links on how to become a better writer. It is something I continue to work on and I hope these posts were helpful. Today’s edition include some posts about productivity, Bullet Journaling and how to make better decisions. Enjoy. (more…)
This is a beautiful performance of “Japurá River” by Philip Glass. I could listen to this all day. This video is performed & arranged by Third Coast Percussion (Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore).