Monday, August 20, 2012

marimba mail july 2012

Hey marimba friends...

A lovely Vermont summer -- it's raining cats and dogs -- so my planned outdoor marimba performance in Burlington today has been rescheduled to July 19. Meantime, I believe rainy weather is good for practising...

~~~Concertino for Park Bench and Strings~~~
Saturday June 30 in Brattleboro Vermont, I'm premiering the 'Concertino for Park Bench and Strings' by Garry Jones. The park bench is a public-installation marimba, the strings are drawn from the Windham Orchestra (conducted by Jacob Mashak) and we will all be performing under a giant circus tent on a Southern Vermont farm. More information is at and you can see the marim-bench being built at I'm pretty excited about this and would love to see you there -- 1pm on the nose.

~~~0-8 mallet marimba album in progress~~~
I've said it before, but I'll say it again: thank you so much to my Kickstarter backers for making this project a reality. I've started focused work on the 0-8 mallet marimba album, with recording sessions tentatively scheduled for late July and early September. Jacob Mashak has written me a really intricate new solo for one mallet; Lucas Guinot has already sent me a lyrical yet contemporary Tango commission for 6 mallets. Both pieces are great, and tough to play! I have a CostCo membership and bought a tub of BandAids (plasters) the size of my torso to aid the recording process. It's all happening!
Thank you: Russ Bennett, District Drum CompanyMcVeigh Skiff, Emilie White, Linda Fraser, Kelly McCracken, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Paloma Bruce, Meredith Yayanos, Toonuva Games, Chris Boxall, Mikey, Rebecca Scully, Alia Thabit, Roberta Hickman, Nancy Weber, Peter Pein, David Drexler, James Stephenson, Thomas Negovan, Wesla Weller, Lesley Boxall, Raph Worrick, Steven Klimowski, Dean Sanders, Matt Grix, Holly Deitchman, Samantha, Rich Palmer, Quez, MisterEM, Jerry, Michael Desilets, W. Wright, Don P., John Boxall, Alan Z. and Andy Eldridge.

~~~July schedule~~~
MAGLIANERO ~ 18 July (Wed) @ Maglianero, Burlington VT
4-6pm: Coffee-shop set. Also performing: the loops/tapes/vocals of Nuda Veritas, the homemade electronics of Apocalypso (MA). Free, all ages.

MARIMBA IN THE PARK ~19 July (Thu) @ City Hall Park, Burlington VT
12noon-1pm: Free lunchtime performance in the park

RAGTANGORAGTIME ~20 July (Fri) @ Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury VT
7.30pm: Back by popular demand! A ragtime and tango program with pianist Rose Chancler. Music from Milhaud to Joplin to Albeniz to Guinot to George Hamilton Green.

In between hitting things, I'm sectionally hiking the Long Trail. Hope you're all getting outdoors too!



marimba from 0 to 8 mallets

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