Andrea Venet

Solo / Small Chamber

Solo Snare Drum & Mallet Quartet

Dr. Andrea Venet wrote the first version of Kibo in 2005 while studying rudimental snare drumming with the famous Bob Becker. She later updated the piece after studying other great rudimental works by John S. Pratt and Joseph Tompkins. Elements of these composers can be found in Kibo, such as a variety of rudiments, a host of sticking permutations, various treatments of ruffs and flams, and a wide range of dynamics.

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Percussion Duo

Faded Lines
Snare Drum Duo

Written by Andrea Venet after a gauche encounter at a post office in Conway, Arkansas, Faded Lines is an energetic duet for field drum and piccolo snare drum, with both players sharing a mounted bass drum. Because the musical material is so tight-knit and both players pass rhythmic ideas back and forth, it requires an intense knowledge of the other player’s part. This piece is a perfect high-energy closer to any recital program!

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My Favorite Things
Marimba & Vibraphone Duo

This popular show tune by Rodgers & Hammerstein II first appeared in the musical “The Sound of Music” in 1959. Ironically, the happy lyrics were originally meant to be sung by a woman in the musical in order to reconcile her fear of the unknown. This tune has since become a jazz standard and Christmas song because of it’s wintery depictions. Written for Escape X percussion duo, I decided to take a unique approach and manipulate the traditional meter to have a groovy feel in 5. Additionally, when we perform this tune we incorporate some of Escape X’s favorite things, which include pitched metal bells and almglocken.

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Percussion Ensemble

PercussionEensemble by Aphex Twin (Richard James), arranged by Andrea Venet

Nannou is a percussion adaptation of the piece originally written by Aphex Twin. The overall effect is one of a groovy techno music box. It was originally arranged for the Arizona Academy of Performing Arts front ensemble percussion section, and was premiered at the Tempe Center Of The Arts Theater Show in 2010.

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Rotation I
Percussion Ensemble by Eric Sammut, Arranged by Andrea Venet

This arrangement of Eric Sammut's Rotation 1 by Andrea Venet is for a percussion ensemble of 10-14 players. With an expansion of orchestration and the addition of percussion parts, this arrangement provides a fun and groovy addition to your program. Each of the marimba and vibraphone parts may be doubled. Both synthesizer parts are optional.

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Double Concerto
Marimba, Vibraphone, and Orchestra

Double Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra, by Emmanuel Sejourne. Arranged for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Percussion Ensemble by Andrea Venet.

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KPP Escape Ten Publication Series

A One Way Ticket, by Drew Worden
Multi-Percussion Duo

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

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Abandoned Roadside Chorale, by Christopher Cook
Marimba Duo

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.

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Chorale Variations, by Steve Danyew
Marimba Duo

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 drawn from the chorale. Chorale Variations was commissioned by Escape X in 2013. - Steve Danyew

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Album Releases

Colours of a Groove

Album of new and commissioned works for marimba duo by Escape Ten. Released in 2014 by Escape Ten Records. By Andrea Venet & Dr. Annie Stevens.

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