ZMF New Music - Fostering the creation of new solo works for marimba

Intermediate Masterworks for Marimba volume 1

The Zebra - Robert Livingston Aldridge

Headshot of Robert AldridgeRobert Aldridge has written over sixty works for orchestra, opera, musical theater, dance, string quartet, chamber ensembles and soloists – including landmark works with/for marimba: Combo Platter, Threedance, and From My Little Island. A founding member of Composers in Red Sneakers, Aldridge has received numerous fellowships and awards for his music, which has been widely performed. His opera, Elmer Gantry, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis with a libretto by Herschel Garfein, received its full stage world premiere by Nashville Opera in November 2007. He has been Composer-in-Residence at the Brevard Music Festival since 2006. Currently, he is Director of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in NJ, where he Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory.

Over There - Carla Bley

Headshot of Carla BleyCarla Bley, from age three, learned the fundamentals of music from her father, Emil Borg, a piano teacher and church organist. (A little known fact is that “a marimba had a permanent spot in the living room of the house where [she] grew up”!) She dropped out of high school but resumed her musical education at Birdland in New York working as a cigarette girl where she met her first husband, Paul Bley, who encouraged her to compose. Carla became a leading figure in the “free jazz” movement of the 1960s. Her first major work, an opera, Escalator Over The Hill received the French award Oscar du Disque de Jazz. Carla has closely collaborated for many years with her partner, bassist Steve Swallow. She has recorded two dozen albums as a leader, many with versions of the Carla Bley Big Band, and has contributed to numerous other recordings. She has been named Best Composer in Downbeat magazine and Jazz Times magazine, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1972. Her commissions include the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Houston Symphony, Ursula Oppens, and Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

Have You Met Lydia? - Ed Haddad*

Headshot of Ed HaddadEd Haddad received a Masters of Arts degree in Music from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Montclair State University. He has composed music for theater, films, and television. He lives and teaches in New Jersey.

Two Pieces for Solo Marimba - Anders Hillborg

Headshot of Anders HillborgAnders Hillborg, born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1954, gained his first musical experience singing in choirs and participating in various forms of improvised music. A full-time freelance composer since 1982, Hillborg’s sphere of activity is extensive, covering orchestral, choral, and chamber music as well as pop music and music for films. His Eleven Gates, recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, released (with Beethoven symphonies) by Deutsche Grammophon in 2006, received rave reviews. Hillborg’s awards and distinctions include first prize at the 2002 UNESCO's Composers Rostrum for his orchestral work Dreaming River, and a Swedish Gramophone Award as Composer of the Year in 1995 for the album I want to see my beloved coming from the wild.

Two Little Movements - Darren Jones*

Headshot of Darren JonesDarren Jones is a native of San Francisco. He earned two degrees from San Francisco Conservatory of Music: a Masters in composition (studying with David Garner and Dan Becker) and Bachelors degree in classical guitar (studying with David Tanenbaum). He has also worked with Michel Merlet at l'Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris (Certificat de Perfectionnement), and with Jack Van Geem, San Francisco Symphony Principal Percussionist, within a year-long intensive study of rhythm and meter. Mr. Jones teaches guitar, composition, and music theory privately in the Bay Area and is the co-founder and artistic director of the Nothingset Ensemble. His works are published by Beurskens Muziekuitgeverij.

Riflessi di Raggi Lunari - Gaetano Lorandi*

Headshot of Gaetano LorandiGaetano Lorandi was born in Thiene (Vicenza, Italy) in 1960. From the State Conservatory in Verona, he received music degrees in organ and organ composition under Renzo Buja. He later studied composition and electronic music at the State Conservatory in Padua. His compositions include orchestral, chamber and choir music. In 2008, he won prizes in the Festival Europäische Kirchenmusik in Germany, and an international competition for works for children’s choir in Sofia, Bulgaria. He also won the Sacred Music Contest Castello di Belveglio in Asti (2005) and the Ibla Grand Prize in New York (2004). Libera Cantoria Pisani, a choir which Lorandi founded with conductor Filippo Furlan, based in Lonigo (Vicenza), is one of the most versatile Italian choirs and mounts many contemporary productions. Lorandi is also the resident organist of the church of San Domenico in Villaverla (since 1973), and Vicenza’s Cathedral (since 1986).

Beast - Steven Mackey

Headshot of Steven Mackey Steven Mackey’s first musical passion was playing the electric guitar in rock bands. He later discovered concert music and has composed for orchestras, chamber ensembles, dance and opera. His commissions include the Chicago, San Francisco and New World Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and Dawn Upshaw. All-Mackey CDs include Heavy Light (chamber music performed by Mosaic), String Theory (Brentano String Quartet) and Tuck and Roll (three orchestral works recorded by the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas). Mackey has been the composer in residence at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood and Aspen. He is currently Chair of the Music Department at Princeton University where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He teaches composition, theory, 20th century music and improvisation.

Taksim - Osnat Netzer*

Headshot of Osnat NetzerOsnat Netzer, born in Israel, is a composer, pianist, arranger and teacher living and working in Boston. Her works have been performed in Israel, Germany and the U.S., and on Israeli National Radio. Performers of her music include Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Kaprizma Ensemble for Contemporary Music, and Carmel Quartet. Netzer's oeuvre covers a wide range of styles from orchestral, chamber and vocal works in the classical field to light music, Klezmer and jazz. Netzer attended the Israel Arts and Science Academy in Jerusalem, obtained a BM in piano and composition from the Jerusalem Music Academy, and MM in composition and theory from Mannes College of Music. She is currently working toward her DMA in composition at New England Conservatory of Music, where she is also the impressario and coordinator of an annual holocaust memorial concert held at NEC, and teaches theory. In addition, Netzer regularly works with singers, as accompanist and coach of soloists as well as choirs.

Three Small Adventures - Gunther Schuller

Headshot of Gunther Schuller Gunther Schuller, based in Newton Centre, MA, has developed a musical career that ranges from composer and conductor to educator, administrator, music publisher, record producer, and author. At age 17, Schuller was principal French hornist with the Cincinnati Symphony; two years later he was appointed to a similar position with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1959 he gave up performing to devote himself primarily to composition. He served as the head of the composition department at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood from 1963 until 1984; during the last 14 of those years, he was also the Center Artistic Director. Mr. Schuller served as President of New England Conservatory of Music from 1967 to 1977. He has written dozens of essays and four books, including the encyclopedic study, The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945. In 1993, Downbeat Magazine honored Mr. Schuller with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to jazz. In 1994, he received the Pulitzer Prize in Composition as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from BMI.

Amulet - Paul Simon

Headshot of Paul SimonPaul Simon is well known for his enormous contributions to music over the past several decades. In 2007, he was the first annual recipient of The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. From his early hit The Sound of Silence and the 1970 release of Bridge Over Troubled Water that shattered all prior records for album sales, to the powerful Graceland album in 1987, to The Capeman, the Broadway musical Simon wrote and produced in the late 1990s, to his recent work including the album Surprise, Simon’s work reveals an enormous breadth of musical styles and influences, approached with undeniable originality, respect and integrity. In 2006, Time magazine called him one of the “100 people who shape our world.”

Dansons? - Alvina Tan*

Headshot of Alvina TanMalaysian-born musician Alvina Tan received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. Her teachers have included Anthony Padilla (piano), Stéphane Tran Ngoc (violin), and Matt Turner (improvisation). An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, she has performed with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Improvisation Group of Lawrence University, various chamber ensembles at the Lawrence Conservatory, and most recently at the Music08 new music festival in Cincinnati, OH. Additionally, she has enjoyed success as a composer, with performances of her works in the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S. She is currently Assistant Recording Engineer at the Lawrence Conservatory.

For Dean Primmer - Derek Tywoniuk*

Headshot of Derek TywoniukDerek Tywoniuk studies percussion at Cleveland Institute of Music with Richard Weiner and Paul Yancich. Alongside his primary interest in orchestral music, Derek is active in new music, and has played percussion works by several young composers. He can be heard playing marimba and bongos in a mixed chamber work of Mark Nowakowski on the Cleveland Museum of Natural History CD, Natural Melodies. Tywoniuk is a member of the Cleveland-based new music ensemble, Five-One. Derek has also been composing music almost as long as he has been playing it. A new piece for marimba and percussion ensemble is forthcoming. For more information, visit

*Denotes Composition Contest winner