Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba volume 2
Mouse Running - Louis Andriessen
Louis Andriessen is one of Europe’s most eminent and influential composers and, in particular, a central figure in the Dutch contemporary arts scene. His music frequently combines propulsive energy, economy of material and distinctive sonorities dominated by pungent wind and brass, pianos and electric guitars. Oftentimes, his works show the influence of Stravinsky. He has explored, in relation to music, the subjects of politics, time, velocity, matter and mortality in five works for large ensemble: De Staat (1976), De Tijd (1981), De Snelheid (1983), De Materie (1985-88), and Trilogy of The Last Day (1996-97). A series of recordings of his music is available on the Nonesuch label. Andriessen teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Tune for Nep - Jude Carlton*
Jude Carlton is completely immersed in music. When not playing or writing it, he finds himself listening to it, teaching it or conducting it. The three main 'staples' of his musical life are composition, percussion and piano. From 2003 to 2008, he attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London where he received exceptional tuition in every aspect of music, had many opportunities thrown his way, and received numerous performances of his own work. He hopes to continue studying music at university where he looks forward to walking, talking, eating, drinking, sleeping... music.
Jing Marimba - Chen Yi
Chen Yi is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A prolific composer and recipient of numerous awards including the Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ms. Chen blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries. She has been commissioned by Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie, the Cleveland Orchestra, BBC, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Seattle and Singapore Symphonies, St. Paul Chamber and many others. Chen Yi was the first woman to receive a masters degree in composition in China in June 1986, at which point she presented an evening concert of her orchestral works in Beijing performed by the Central Philharmonic of China. Her composition teachers included Wu Zu-qiang, Chou Wen-chung, Mario Davidovsky and Alexander Goehr.
Chorinho Picante - Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch is a versatile master of jazz piano, as well as a relentlessly probing composer and conceptualist. Described as "a poet of a pianist" by The New Yorker, he has created a significant body of recorded work that is infused with keen insight, fresh ideas and extraordinary technique. His work as a composer is an integral part of all of his live performances and includes more than sixty recorded jazz compositions. He has released more than two-dozen albums as leader, twenty as collaborator and appears as a sideman on sixty more. Among his many accomplishments are a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, two Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Performance and a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. As a composer of concert music, he has been commissioned by The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Opus 21 Ensemble, The Miller Theater at Columbia University, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Gramercy Trio and many others; his concert music is published by Edition Peters.
Morning Thoughts - Betsy Jolas
Betsy Jolas, born in Paris in 1926, came to the U.S. in 1940, completed her general schooling, then returned to Paris in 1946 to continue her studies with Darius Milhaud, Simone Plé-Caussade and Olivier Messiaen. Prize winner of the International Conducting Competition of Besançon (1953), she has since won numerous awards. From 1971 to 1974 Betsy Jolas replaced Olivier Messiaen at his course at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris and was appointed to the faculty in 1975. She has also taught at Tanglewood, Yale and Harvard. In 1992 she received the Maurice Ravel Prix International and was named "Personality of the Year" for France. In 1994 she was awarded the Prix SACEM for the best première performance of the year for her work Frauenleben. Her works have been widely performed throughout the world and twelve have been recorded, several of which received grand prize gramophone awards.
Mindwalk - Lyle Mays
Lyle Mays is best known as the pianist/keyboardist of the Pat Metheny Group which he founded with guitarist Metheny in 1974. Mays has composed prolifically for the PMG, both on his own and in collaboration with Metheny, often providing the complex harmonic and metric backbone of the group’s musical signature. Their most recent co-composition, The Way Up, can be heard on the Grammy Award winning thirteenth album by the Pat Metheny Group, released in 2005. In addition to Mays' albums as a leader, Lyle Mays, Street Dreams, Fictionary, and Solo: Improvisations for Expanded Piano, some of his concert chamber compositions have been recorded including Somewhere in Maine, for violin, marimba and pre-recorded sounds (by Marimolin, with Nancy Zeltsman, marimba); and Twelve Days In The Shadow Of A Miracle for harp, flute, viola and synthesizer (by the Debussy Trio).
Three Colors - Kaori Okatani*
Kaori Okatani, born in Wakayama City, Japan, is a composer and pianist who teaches at Kobe Jogakuin University in Japan. She earned her Bacheolor of Music in Composition from the same institution, and her Masters degree from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Ms. Okatani has received commissions from Orchestre de Flutes Français, Ensemble Octandre, Ensemble EAR, and her music has been performed internationally. Music she composed for film was recorded by Octuor de France in Paris. She won the "International Jeunesses Musicales Competition" prize in composition (Belgrade). As a pianist, she performed a Haydn concerto with the Kansai Philarmonic Orchestra at the age of 13, and went on to win many prizes including 2nd Prize at the "U.F.A.M. International Music Competition" in Paris. Visit her web site at: www.geocities.jp/paris_raffine
through Lapland - J.K. Randall
J. K. Randall has described himself as a “pitchfreak." He was born in Cleveland in 1929, and lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife of 57 years, two dogs, a turtle, and a cat. He studied piano with Leonard Shure and composition with Herbert Elwell, Alexei Haieff, George Thaddeus Jones, and Milton Babbitt, and taught at Princeton University from 1957 until his retirement in 1991. In the early ‘60s, he and Godfrey Winham inaugurated a computer music facility at Princeton, using a modified version of Bell Laboratories’ Music IV program. He has composed for piano, voice, violin and computer, marimba and violin (“Svejk”), saxophone and percussion, C-Sound, and most recently for Midi. Writing words, and especially words about, or reflective of, music, has been focal for Mr. Randall, as exemplified in Compose Yourself and Being About Music (2 vols., with Benjamin Boretz). Words, scores, and CDs are available on the Open Space label.
Sticky - James Rolfe
Toronto composer James Rolfe has been commissioned and performed by ensembles in Canada (including Continuum, Esprit Orchestra), the U.S. (Bang on a Can All-Stars and Cassatt Quartet), Europe (Ives Ensemble, Nash Ensemble, and Nieuw Ensemble), and New Zealand (175 East). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000, the K. M. Hunter Music Award in 2003, the 2005 Louis Applebaum Composers Award, and the 2006 Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music. He has received grants and commissions from The Canada Council, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Laidlaw Foundation, Opera Ca, and CBC Radio. Mr. Rolfe has written for chamber ensemble, orchestra, choir, voice, and the operatic stage. His new opera Swoon was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike at its December 2006 premiere by the Canadian Opera Company.
Dust Devil - Steven Stucky
Composer Steven Stucky, born in 1949, was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Music for Second Concerto for Orchestra. He has written commissioned works for many of the major American orchestras and ensembles. Mr. Stucky has taught composition at Cornell University since 1980 where he serves as Given Foundation Professor of Composition. He is also active as a conductor, writer, lecturer and teacher. Stucky’s relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic is the longest such association between an American orchestra and a composer. Appointed Composer in Residence in 1988 by André Previn, Stucky is now Consulting Composer for New Music, in which capacity he works closely with Esa-Pekka Salonen. He studied at Baylor and Cornell universities with Richard Willis, Robert Palmer, Karel Husa, and Burrill Phillips. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
Cinnabar Heart - Chinary Ung
Chinary Ung, born in Takeo, Cambodia in 1942, became an expert in Khmer music and a master of the roneat-ek, the Cambodian xylophone. He came to the United States in 1964 where he studied clarinet at the Manhattan School of Music, and then composition with Chou Wen-Chung and Mario Davidovsky at Columbia, and with George Crumb at Tanglewood. Among his many honors and awards are a Grawemeyer Award for Music in 1989 for Inner Voices (recorded by the American Composers Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies), and the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award in 1989 for Sprial (recorded by Aequalis Ensemble). In addition to many recordings of his compositions, he has also annotated and featured his Cambodian xylophone playing on the Folkways and Khmer Studies Institute labels. He is currently Professor of Composition at the University of California, San Diego.
Remember Marimba - Errollyn Wallen
Born in Belize, Errollyn Wallen gave up her training at the Dance Theater of Harlem, New York to study composition at universities in London and Cambridge, England. She founded her own Ensemble X. Its motto, “We don’t break down barriers in music… we don’t see any,” reflects her genuine, free-spirited approach and eclectic musicianship. Wallen is as respected as a singer-songwriter of pop influenced songs as she is a composer of contemporary new music. She has been commissioned by outstanding music institutions from the BBC to the Royal Opera House and has performed her songs internationally. The two solo albums Meet Me at Harold Moores and most recently Errollyn feature her songs in her own voice/piano performance and in collaboration with outstanding jazz artists. Her multimedia show, Jordan Town, a modern day song cycle with dance and film was a sell-out hit at the Edinburgh Festival. Colin Currie premiered her Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra for the Young Musician of the Year Award in 1994. In June 2007, Wallen was awarded an MBE for her services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
*Denotes Composition Contest winner