New Marimba Music Survey 2014 published by Mark Ford

Mark Ford has asked 150 marimbists to list 1 to 4 marimba solos that were published in the last 10 years that represent the “new wave” of marimba literature. The results of that survey are at:

What I found really telling about this list is that I only knew about 1/2 of the solos. Our generation of marimbists will probably be remembered more for how we furthered the repretoire instead of our playing but I am sure that topic is up for debate. Thanks Mark for putting this together and enjoy the list!

(updated 4/19/2015 – updated link to survey)

International Percussion Competition Luxembourg February 2015

The International Percussion Competition Luxembourg will occur February 14-22, 2015. For more information head over to their Facebook page, and the IPCL 2015 flyer.

The event features a quartet competition so look for 3 other percussionists and start practicing! The registration deadline is October 1, 2014. Keep visiting their page for more up to date information as the deadline arrives.

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.


Blake Tyson’s “Firefish – The Music of Blake Tyson” Kickstarter project

Blake Tyson is doing a Kickstarter project to help fund his new CD “Firefish – The Music of Blake Tyson“. I have always been a fan of Blake’s compositions and am very happy to be a backer of this Kickstarter project for his new CD. You have 28 more days to donate and he is only 22% funded on this project so far. Please share the word and donate to this project!

Makoto Nakura’s Wood and Forest Album Released

Makoto Nakura’s Wood and Forest Album has been released. Head over to the following places to purchase this album filled with marimba and vibraphone music:




My personal favorite is the Duo for Viola and Vibraphone. This three movement work really blends the beauty of the vibraphone and the viola. Both instruments are played in a very relaxing style that invokes visions of a sitting by the fire in a northern woods cabin. This was also the first recording of the world’s largest vibraphone. I don’t have the details on how large it is exactly but I will try and find out.

It was great to see this entire project fully funded on Kickstarter. For more information and the latest news visit the Kickstarter page.

Marimba events in Boston this November and December

There are many percussion, marimba + voice events happening in Boston in November and December.

Spotlight Series: solo concert, marimba + voice

Sunday, Nov 18 at 3pm

See Brian Calhoon‘s unique repertoire for marimba, vibraphone, and voice (in one player), including the premiere of a commission by Derek Tywoniuk.

Presented by Juventas New Music Ensemble.

Davis Square Theatre

255 Elm Street (downstairs), Somerville, MA

free admission | suggested donation $10

BPeG at Jeremy Barnett’s DMA recital

Friday, Dec 7 at 8:30pm

Including the premiere of “Dreams of Progress”, a BPeG commission by Jeremy Barnett featuring the composer as MalletKAT/vibraphone soloist with percussion quartet (performed by Boston Percussion Group).

New England Conservatory – Brown Hall

290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

free admission

Juventas New Music Ensemble presents “Expérience”

Saturday, Dec 8 at 7pm – Museum of Modern Renaissance

Sunday, Dec 9 at 3pm – Center Makor

Experience new music with narrator, a chamber opera, and an excerpt of Peter Lane’s new ballet written for Juventas New Music Ensemble.

Tickets and details here.

For more information visit, the following websites.,