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Mariel

In February of 2017, Hannah and I brought Kevin and Evan of Four/Ten Media out to Kansas for 2 full days of filming. It was freezing outside, but a broken HVAC left the concert hall at about 90 degrees. I think I toweled off after each take…

I’m so glad to share one of the duos we recorded that weekend, Osvaldo Golijov’s Mariel.

Mariel was commissioned by the Steve Schick/Maya Beiser project, a group who provided a much inspiration for NMC’s work. I remember buying their CD from the Steve Weiss print catalog, and delighting in its sonically diverse, expressively immediate and brilliantly performed world. For Hannah and I, Mariel is a classic—it’s older than many of my students, and wasn’t written for us. We love the way it speaks to audiences, and we never fail to hear stories and memories of listeners after a performance. Enjoy!

PASIC

Had a blast experiencing this year's PASIC (that's Percussive Arts Society International Convention for you non-percussionists) last week in San Antonio.  In addition to catching up with all my percussion friends, heroes and frenemies from around the world, I had the honor of sharing the stage with Gwen Dease, Ji Hye Jung, and Paul Fadoul as part of a keyboard showcase concert featuring music for percussion and…not-percussion! Hannah and I played Andy Akho's 21, and we were treated some some great Klatzow from Ji Hye and Eli Lara, some great marimba/trombone/bass music from Gwen and cohorts, and Lawler/Fadoul's sweet new Roshanne Etezady preludes.  

Big Screen, small audience! 

Look ma!

Other highlights: Percussion at Princeton's amazing booth—I bought a ton of music—seeing Vic Caccese shill for Sandbox Percussion's new NYU summer program (apply!), and indulging my inner high-school drumline fanboy. Thanks to the great people at Vic Firth and Zildjian for their support.  Yay percussion!

Pre-Show Banner Selfie!

Pre-Show Banner Selfie!