This album consists of two solo marimba works, "a ray of living light" and "Themes for Now", which I commissioned from respective composers (and non-marimba players) Elliot Cole and Skyler Hill. The result of the commissions is a fresh step in marimba literature, created by two imaginative, talented, and charming individuals, whose work I hope to have presented adequately. These commissions were an attempt to highlight the reflective, humble, and accessible nature of the instrument, which is often replaced with pigeonholed, scholarly endeavors, aimed towards other percussionists. Emotion, simplicity, beauty, and accessibility, often get overshadowed by technicality, masculinity, "licks", and the inherent need to lock solo marimba in a purely academic setting, abandoned upon graduation. The work on this record is performed on an instrument I love, written by people whose spirit and heart I believe in. That's all.
Regardless of familiarity with this instrument, I hope you enjoy.
"a ray of living light, to be sure, but without an object to color..." (Melville)
released April 6, 2017
'a ray of living light' was composed by Elliot Cole and 'Themes for Now' was composed by Skyler Hill. Bloom Suite was composed by Elliot Cole. Audio engineering by Jeremy Snyder. Album cover by Zachary Neesmith. Lyrics for "Now" comes from a poem of the same title by Campbell McGrath.
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