Percussion Ensemble Premieres New Work
The North American premiere of a new work with an unusual name will highlight the annual spring performance of the Alma College Percussion Ensemble.
The concerts take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17 and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The new work by composer Raymond Kaczynski, titled “10_4 + JOANK Marimbas 2010,” will be accompanied by a video that will take the viewer/listener from a world of fire and steel to a calmer, more relaxing atmosphere of air, sea and clouds.
Alma College Percussion Ensemble
“The audience will find the piece and video very interesting, and we’re excited to have the composer here from Germany to hear the North American premiere,” says Zerbe.
The first part of the work stresses rhythm and drumming while the second half highlights sustained sounds featuring marimbas, steel pan, vibes, electric guitar with E-bow, and double bass. The shortest note duration on the second half of the piece is 10 seconds; the longest is nearly 70 seconds.
Kaczynski, born in Detroit, has performed around the world at jazz and new music festivals. His compositions have been performed in Germany, France, Italy and the United States. He has performed or recorded with Doc Cheatham, Randy Breaker, Roswell Rudd and others.
The 34-member Percussion Ensemble also will perform works directed by senior members of the student ensemble. The student directors are Lexington senior Jesse Belkiewicz, Alto senior Scott Brown, Allen Park senior Joseph Moscheck, Osseo senior Nathan Schulte and Hickory Corners senior Erika Schroeder.
In addition to “10_4 + JOANK Marimbas 2010,” the program includes “Ogoun Badagris” by Christopher Rouse, “Portico” by Tom Gauger, “Oktett” by Felix Mendelssohn, “La Negra” by William Cahn, “Love for Sale” by Core Porter, “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry and “Kiss My Axe” by Al Di Mola.
Posted: Sat, April 10th, 2010 at 9:19AM