Coming Soon - Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra, by Emmanuel Sejourne. Arranged for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Percussion Ensemble by Andrea Venet
KPP Escape Ten Publication Series
A One Way Ticket is inspired by a poem of Kelsey Burritt's entitled Drone. Upon first reading, I was struck by the imagery in each phrase and how each line depended on its predecessor, but was still so starkly different from it. As my mind started imagining each scene, my eyes were already reading ahead - the text literally tugging me into the next line. I think this agile; swerving motion of the text is intentional, and crucial to the structure and character of the poem. When reading aloud, the breaths somehow feel natural despite the use of limited punctuation. Brief pauses at the end of lines last just long enough to sip some air before the words catapult the reader back into these short, vivid scenes. There do not appear to be strong cadences in the poem, where one has time to stop and think about the last several lines ... rather, the poem begs you to keep reading until it simply stops - in an entirely different place from where it began. - Drew Worden
It is hard not to be curious about something hawked by a hundred billboards as you drive through the back of beyond. Each of the colorful dinosaurs which stand in the backyard of the gift shop seems to have been molded from a vague memory of a picture of a dinosaur the creator once saw. Many of these campy roadside attractions are eerily abandoned but still a worthy destination for the curious motorist and touring percussion duo. Abandoned Roadside Chorale was commissioned by the percussion duo Escape X.
Chorale Variations is scored for two marimbas and consists of five short movements. I wrote the chorale-like music of the second movement first, which inspired several related ideas (variations, if you will) that I knew I wanted to explore and develop within the larger work. The second and last movements feature the chorale in its entirety; in the other movements, I develop motives drwan from the chorale. Chorale Variations was commissioned by Escape X in 2013. - Steve Danyew