Daniel Sailer senior recital at Concordia University St. Paul

Daniel Sailer held his senior recital on November 24, 2013 at Concordia University St. Paul. He played the following pieces:

“Intro” arr. Dan Sailer

Sonata for Timpani by John Beck

Solo VIII by Joseph Tompkins

Se Termino by Astor Piazzolla

3 Pieces for Percussion by Dan Sailer

  • Wonderful Woods
  • Marvelous Metals
  • Insane ON/OFF the Membrane

Libertango by Eric Sammut

“Outro” by Dan Sailer

I really enjoyed this concert not only for the great marimba playing but because many of these pieces were originals or arrangements done by Dan himself. The “3 Pieces for Percussion” also featured Jay Weiler, Oliver Zimbelman, and Lucas Ulmer. I think ┬áthat piece will be a great one for other college ensembles to play (especially if you like the snare drum).

Zeltsman Marimba Festival 2014 This July in Appleton, Wisconsin

I was thrilled to attend the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in 2009 and be a co-sponsor on the Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba commissions which brought 24 new marimba solos into existance. I am happy to announce that I will be returning this year as a participant to ZMF 2014 this June 29-July 12.

The early registration discount will expire in 3 days (and that saves you $200). If you are thinking of going to ZMF this year, hurry and register now. This year’s faculty include Anders Astrand, Jean Geoffroy, Nanae Mimura, Dane Richeson, Jack Van Geem, Nancy Zeltsman, Jonathan Singer, Mike Truesdell, Laurent Warnier, Xi (Rachel) Zhang, Alejandro Ruiz, and guest presenter Rick Mattingly.

I am also excited to announce that I have commissioned a new marimba solo and will be giving the premiere at ZMF 2014. More details on that piece will be posted to this blog this spring. The composer I am working with is Guillo Espel from Argentina.

For all details and registration information, please head over to http://www.zmf.us. I look forward to hearing who else is attending this year!

2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition

The 2014 Southern California International Marimba Competition will be held from May 30-June 1st, 2014. The application process is to submit an audio recording via DropBox by March 1, 2014 which is a pretty innovative and easy way to apply.

This year Gordon Stout will be a guest jury member. The other jury members include Naoko Takada, Lynn Vartan, and Nick Terry.

The collegiate category does not require you to be in a college music program. There is also a duo category. It is open to all marimbists, so get practicing and apply! For more information head over to the SCIMC website.