was written in 2020 for the
International Marimba Orchestra, Gordon Stout (conductor), and
The Center for Mallet Percussion Research (Kutztown, PA). As I
sat gazing out the window and starting to compose this work on a
sunny spring day, it started to lightly snow. Through my recent
marimba quartet music, I've been exploring ways I can re-imagine
electronic dance music. Without incorporating other percussion
and actual electronics, this work attempts to exploit the depth of
color and energy that are possible by the marimba ensemble,
invoking a fun night at the disco. Solar Flurries begins as if you've
just arrived at the club and the door was suddenly thrown open on
the dance floor. Through driving bass, rhythmic intensity,
sweeping and splashy gestures, and electro-style phasing of
thematic material, it'll take you on a high-energy trip around the disco ball! Solar Flurries is available through Heartland Marimba
Publications in the 8-part marimba orchestra version or the
smaller ensemble version for 4 or 5 players.
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Two (or three) 4.3-octave marimbas, two 5.0-octave marimbas.