NBSO to Perform at League of American Orchestras National Conference
The program features music by four women of color who are among the leading composers of our time. Their pieces grapple with questions of self-identity and draw inspiration from the folk music of their traditions - African, Indian, Japanese, and Latin American.
Jesse Montgomery’s music welds classical music together with elements of improvisation, language, and social justice. Montgomery’s Banner is a brilliant rendition of the National Anthem interwoven with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” - often called the Black National Anthem.
Rena Esmail's works combine Indian and Western musical traditions. Teen Murti (Three Statures) revolves around three different raags--Hindu melodic frameworks of improvisation--which are separated by short interludes. Each raag represents a tableaux, a concept inspired by Mussorgsky's Pictures in an Exhibition.
Keiko Abe is one of the finest marimba players in the world, responsible for the development of the instrument, as well as expanding its repertoire and playing technique. Abe’s Marimba Concerto opens with a wild ritual based on Japanese traditional music, followed by a quiet prayer and a dream-like cadenza. The finale is built upon non-stop feverish triplets. The meaning of “percussion” goes beyond the instruments to clapping, stomping, and even shouting. Award-winning marimbist, Eriko Daimo, joins the orchestra as guest soloist for this piece. Ms. Daimo is one of the leading artists of her field.
Gabriella Lena Frank’s Leyendas (Legends) consists of six movements inspired by Andean music. Originally written for string quartet and later arranged for string orchestra, the piece encompasses traditional dances, songs, as well as folk characters, and uses extended playing techniques to imitate traditional Andean instruments.
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Ivana Summer Percussion Festival
"It has been some time since Samobor and percussion have seriously fallen in love.
After a decade of colouring the Samobor Autumns with numeros shades of percussion and marimba music, and bringing exciting concerts by renowned international guests under the name of Ivana Bilic Marimba Week, we have decided to turn to the starry skies and late summer nights for new inspiration.
In these unusual times we don't want to give up on music and art.
The opening of the new season brings to the audience a unique collaboration between the percussion ensemble Sudar Beat and the female folk vocal group Singrlice. It is a symbolic celebration of Samobor and the creativity of its artists.
This years' featured international guests include some of the most wonderfully virtuosic and dynamic artists. Lucid duo (composer and marimbist Tomasz Golinski and Irena Manolova) have prepared a program featuring original compositions and arrangements for marimba duo. Another evening concert, this time spiced with multipercussion, will be brought to you by Aleksandra Šuklar.
All along, the open air stage will be ready to host some gifted and interesting musicians from Zagreb Academy of Music, since it has become our tradition to promote young, upcoming percussionists at the festival."
Ivana Kuljerić Bilić
Sudar Beat & Singrlice
Southern California Marimba International Artist Competition
Southern California Marimba is excited to announce its 2nd season of the International Artist Competition!
All events will take place online over 2 weekends from June 18-20 and 25-27. Stay tuned for our announcement of the judges! Up-and-coming percussionists from all over the world will showcase their talents under three categories: Scholastic Solo, Collegiate Solo, and Open Duo.
For more information visit: Southern California Marimba
Marimba Recital at the Ruins of the Roman city of Valeria
Virginia Alcarria de la Fuente will perform a marimba recital in the ruins of the Roman city of Valeria, in Cuenca (Spain).