The Universal Marimba Competition and Festival will be held in Belgium July 18-27, 2013. Their Facebook page and website have all of the details including the 50,000 Euro prize package for the winner.
Marimba One has launched a new tool on their website called “The Configurator”. This gives Marimba One buyers the ability to see what choices are available before actually making the purchase.
You can now select the frame, octave range, resonator type, and wood type (Traditional, Enhanced or Premium) and see a live preview of what that will look like.
Not only does this tool allow you to understand the different options, you can see the cost associated with those choices. Being able to have this information up front is a great feature of the Marimba One website.
There is still time to register for the Santa Fe Marimba Festival this June 6th-9th. The amazing lineup of marimbists include: Barry Olsen, Dane Richeson, Ludwig Albert, Ivana Bilic, Kevin Bobo, Puis Cheung, Chin Cheng Lin, Nanae Mimura, Valerie Dee Naranjo, Victor Mendoza and Gordon Stout.
For more information and registration information please visit: http://www.santafemarimbafestival.org
The deadline for application is the end of this month (May 31st) so be sure to get your applications in soon.
The 22nd annual Concordia College Day of Percussion will be held on March 31, 2012. This year’s featured artists include the Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Marimba Choir, Pius Cheung, David Stanoch, and the Omaha Percussion Ensemble. There is no charge for the event and it starts at 8am and runs until 5:30pm.
For more information please visit the Concordia College Day of Percussion website.
The Santa Fe Marimba Festival is set for June 6-9, 2012. Currently the artist list includes Gordon Stout, David Friedman, Dave Samuels, Ludwig Albert, Ivana Billic, Kevin Bobo, Pius Cheung, Chi Cheng Lin, Nanae Mimra, and Valerie Dee Naranjo.
Many of these marimbists were at the Marimba 2010 Festival and Conference so it would be a great opportunity to see many of them again. For more information on registering for the event, visit their website or contact Artistic Director Sam Lunt at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Dame Evelyne Glennie is performing in St. Paul on November 13th at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church. The concert starts at 2pm and is free and open to the public.
Marimba One has launched a new website focused on sound. The new site shows the differences between the resonators and also now links to video clips of the sound of the different mallets that Marimba One makes.
I hope to see in the future video examples of the sound of the different keyboard voicing choices (how is the sound different between Premium, Enhanced, Traditional, and Educational) as well.
I always love the artist quotes on the site, but the recent one by Danny Elfman is great:
“All roads led to Ron Samuels and marimba one. We talked about what my needs and expectations were and he went and built me an instrument that exceeded all my expectations. It’s a thing of beauty, both sonically and visually. I’ve already used it in my latest score. It plays and records wonderfully. Thank you marimba one.”Danny Elfman, Composer, Musician
A new Kickstarter! project has started to send the Rosewood Marimba Band to Puerto Rico. One of my friends Kyle-Maxwell-Doherty is a member of the marimba band. The awards you get for helping them are very reasonable (for the $15 donation you get a CD). For more information head directly to their Kickstarter! page. Please pledge by July 31st to help them!