Gabriela Ortiz Aroma Foliado CD

Gabriela Ortiz Aroma Foliado CD

Gabriela Ortiz is a significant composer from Mexico. A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to play on Gabriela Ortiz’s CD called Aroma Foliado. I played percussion on the first track, Elegía (1991). The CD was nominated for a Latin Grammy and featured a lot of great performances. Be sure to check out the final track which features a piece for steel pan and two harps. Below is the personnel listing and the program notes for the piece. Be sure to check out the sample tracks on the Southwest Chamber site. PERSONNEL 1. Elegía (1991) 15:38 Elissa Johnston, Sharon...
New Release: Tempo Distortion #4 – Single

New Release: Tempo Distortion #4 –...

I am proud to announce that I have a new single that was released on iTunes and CDBaby. The piece is called Tempo Distortion #4 and was written by my friend and composer Steve Kornicki. Tempo Distortion #4 is a conceptual study in simultaneously occurring patterns in different tempi for solo marimba and pre-recorded and processed marimba sounds. Check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks for your continued...
Composers Circle

Composers Circle

On Sunday, my new triangle solo Pitch Drop was featured on Composers Circle. If you are unfamiliar with this site, it features one composer a day and has been around for about a year. You can easily lose a lot of time listening to all of the music that is featured on the site. Thanks to Eric Guinivan for creating such an incredible resource for composers and performers. COMPOSERS CIRCLE one day. one composer. one discovery.
Navigating Social Networks Article

Navigating Social Networks Article

I was interviewed for an article called “Navigating Social Networks” for Halftime Magazine. The article is now available online. Thanks to Jeremy Chen for asking me to be a part of the article. Below are some excerpts from the article. Click here to read the entire article. Navigating Social Networks By Jeremy Chen With social networking now being a significant game changer in the entire world of communication, marching arts organizations must ensure that this medium is being understood properly and being used in a manner that benefits—rather than hurts—them....
Technology and Its Use by Percussion Educators in the 21st Century

Technology and Its Use by Percussion Edu...

Over the summer, Dr. Tracy Wiggins (UNC Pembroke) asked me to contribute to an article he was writing for The Percussive Notes journal. After waiting 6 months, it has finally been released in the January 2012 issue. The article features an interview with three other percussion professors, including Norman Weinberg (University of Arizona), John W. Parks IV (The Florida State), and Thomas Burritt (University of Texas, Austin). I was honored to be a part of the article. Thank you Tracy! Technology Article For more information about the Percussive Arts Society, please visit...
IronWorks CD Review in Percussive Notes

IronWorks CD Review in Percussive Notes

The Percussive Arts Society is the largest professional organization for percussionists. They society publishes 6 journals yearly and supports percussion education throughout the world. In the January 2012 issue of Percussive Notes, Darin Olson gave a great review on the new IronWorks Percussion Duo CD – I. Thanks to PAS and Darin for including our CD in the recent publication. IronWorks Percussion Duo (Self-published CD) Formed in 2006, the IronWorks Percussion Duo aims to expand the repertoire written for their medium. Attempting to explore new possibilities for...

Published Music

I am happy to announce that four of my new percussion works have been published by Andrew Beall and Bachovich Music Publications. The four works that Bachovich published are: Steel Drum Orchestra PanSon Baila Alegre Multi-Percussion Drum Duo Tribute Marimba Quartet Quartet in F major (2nd mvt). Arrangement of Ravel’s String Quartet. These pieces will be debuted at PASIC 2010 in Indianapolis. Be sure to stop by the booth and say hi to...