The John Serry commissioning project that I was a part of has completed and the performance was at PASIC 2010. A video of one part of the piece is now up at the Vic Firth website.Ji Hye Jung is performing it in the middle of a larger video containing PASIC highlights.
Start here and then click on “Concert / Marching Highlights”. It is about 1/4 of the way into the video and labeled clearly.
Gordon Stout was interviewed by the DrumChattr crew as he was attending this years PASIC.
While answering one of the questions that I submitted for the interview he had a very timely announcement about next year’s PASIC.
The Marimba Orchestra will return to PASIC 2011. Gordon Stout will be conducting the group and also writing a brand new piece for the event! It will be a 50 minute concert comprised of both college students and “pros” performing together. I cannot wait to hear more information about this event.
The other question I asked was about whether or not Gordon will write a book about his marimba experiences. He has already written Ideo Kinetics A Workbook for Marimba Technique but I feel like something between an autobiography and a North American marimba history would be a success. Something similar to Rebecca Kite’s book “Keiko Abe-A Virtuosic Life: Her Musical Career and the Evolution of the Concert Marimba“.
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Later today at the annual PASIC 2010 festival there will be 2 new compositions that I am thrilled to be a sponsor for. At 3pm Woods Walker by Lynn Job will premiere and at 4pm Groundlines by John Serry will premiere! Sorry I cannot attend PASIC this year but I look forward to hearing about these pieces in the comments section!
The amaAmbush marimba group performed at the “World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child” in Sweden. You can see their performance online. They are the group playing primarily at the beginning of the event. It is great to see the marimba get this much international attention at a large event.