News

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting my website!

I have quite a few current projects - with more in the making. If you have a unique idea, drop me a note and let's get busy and make things happen!

I am happy to announce that I have been invited to join the Vic Firth Artist Roster. In addition to being an Education Artist for Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, I am now very well positioned to better serve my students. Please be patient while I gather some educational materials for the Vic Firth website!

2007 and 2008 were very busy as a new father! My son Aiden is doing unbelievably well and in the top ninety-five percentile in just about every type of class. I recently spoke with composer Mark Dancigers who is writing us a marimba solo for Aiden. It will be a five to six minute special homage for me to play at concerts and at home.

In 2008 - I completed lots of projects and look forward to moving in new and exciting directions while continuing my performance activities. I have recently been interning in Development at Bang on a Can in Brooklyn and am continuing an Internship at Meet the Composer in Manhattan. Working in or supporting the non-profit sector is something that everyone with a connection to music should do at some point in his or her career. It is a civic duty that is infinitely rewarding.

SOMETHING NEW!

You can view me in various solo and ensemble performances on YouTube. All you have to do is search my name and click on my channel. I suggest checking out Musique de Table by Thierry de Mey!

Commission New Music

I have been working with Tim Thomas (Director of Development) at the Bang on a Can organization in Brooklyn honing my grant writing skills. Bang on a Can has graciously acted as a fiscal sponsor for some recent proposals I have submitted to various organizations. I recently took the Proposal Writing Seminar course through the Foundation Center here in New York City and am trying to make it to all their free courses that help artists and fundraisers make it easier to locate funding for projects.

As far as commissioning new music, I am still organizing the commission of a new piece by Martin Bresnick. I highly recommend his music. It is hard to compare any living composer to Brahms, but in Bresnick's music, I feel that every note is in the right spot. Bresnick is delightfully profound and his writing for percussion idiomatically reflects whatever instrument he is composing for.

Check out this interview in regards to his double marimba concerto, Grace:
www.vicfirth.com/features/bresnick.html

You can also check out Bresnick's website:
www.martinbresnick.com

The piece I have asked him to write is a marimba and vibraphone duo with spoken text. The marimba and vibraphone players will be speaking the text. Mr. Bresnick has not yet chosen the text and it will be quite interesting to see if he approaches it similar to Rzewski's To The Earth, where the text and music are at times malleable, or whether he will use the text as a narration as he does in his own composition, Pine Eyes. The options are endless and I am leaving that decision to the composer.

If you are interested in joining the consortium please contact me immediately! I am fundraising at the grassroots level allowing individual donors to contribute at two levels. Students may donate for $175.00 and Professionals may donate for $250.00. Professional Duos can join for $400.00. Donations are tax-deductible through New Music Marimba.

If you are interested, please contact me ASAP! 718.594.3368

I have raised about $8,000.00 to date and plan to have the remaining money raised sometime in summer of 2009. This is a little later than originally scheduled.

Mr. William Moersch and New Music Marimba have offered to act as fiscal sponsor for this commission. This will allow contributors and commissioners to deduct their funds as charitable contributions to a 501(c) 3 organization (Schedule A). Donors will receive the score and parts with their name listed in the liner notes. Please see the flyer below:

BRESNICKCOMMISSION.pdf

OTHER COMMISSIONS!

I am commissioning Mark Dancigers to write a five to six minute marimba solo for my son Aiden.
www.markdancigers.com

Clarence Barber has written a new concerto for marimba and percussion to be premiered with the Highland Middle School in May of 2009. The work is called Shape Shifter.

I have joined a commission project headed by Svet Stoyanov for a new work from Dennis Desantis.
www.dennisdesantis.com

I have also joined a commission project for a new piece by Huang Ruo!
www.huangruo.com

Recordings

Last year I was involved in three very different recording projects:

The first project was the premiere recording Arabesco Infinito by Alejandro Viñao with Gwendolyn Burgett Thrasher in East Lansing, Michigan. Sergei Kvitko engineered and produced the recording on his label, Blue Griffin Records. That album should be released sometime later this year. Check the site for the release date:
www.bluegriffin.com

The second recording project was for Svet Stoyanov’s debut album Percussive Counterpoint with Concert Artist Guild Records. Svet was the 2003 Concert Artist Guild Winner and happens to be one of my great friends. It was an honor to be asked to be on this recording. The last track of his album is a DVD of Musique de Table by Thierry de Mey. You can see a video clip in the media section of Svet’s website:
www.svetoslav.com

Or by clicking on the YouTube link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n2qWeMLqKc

The last recording project was the premiere recording of a new two-piano two-percussion work called Twilight’s Last Gleaming by Sheila Silver with pianists Gilbert Kalish, Christina Dahl and percussionist Eduardo Leandro. This recording features Stony Brook composers and will be released sometime in 2009. It was an absolute honor and humbling experience to work and record with Mr. Kalish, Ms. Dahl and Eduardo!

Performance

I performed at the 2008 Bang on a Can Summer Festival with composer Terry Riley. While there, I was also able to work with great musicians like David Cossin, Todd Reynolds, Evan Ziporyn, Vicki Ray, Gregg August, Ken Thomson and Brad Lubman.

The Summer Festival was featured on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and can be seen on Bang on a Can’s website:
www.bangonacan.org

Or by clicking on the YouTube link:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0J1QZyXUvM

In September of 2008 Gwen Thrasher and I gave master-classes and performances at Shenyang Conservatory in the Liaoning Province and at China Conservatory in Beijing. They were fabulous and we have been invited back to both institutions!

I will be giving a weeklong residency at Highland High School in Medina, Ohio from May 4th through the 8th. I will be working extensively with both the middle and high school bands. I have commissioned Clarence Barber to compose a concerto for middle school ensemble that has recently been completed and called Shape Shifter. I’ll also be playing a concerto with the high school ensemble as well as some solo pieces and ensemble pieces with students. This will all happen in a full-length concert on Thursday May 7th at 7PM.

FEATURE PERFORMANCES

Residency May 4 – 8 at Highland High School in Medina, Ohio.
Contact Ed Marquette: emarquet@highlandschools.org

JUNE 13 – 20
SICPP with Steven Drury in Boston at New England Conservatory.
http://sicpp.org/