Bachovich Music Publications is pleased to announce a call for scores for: EXCELSIS A new percussion quartet comprised of women from four different countries.
Written in Spring of 2009 by Patrick Bailey, Journeys is a piece that musically chronicles a three part journey. Although there are no pauses between movements, you can hear a clear separation in the ideas. The first movement, titled "Loss", depicts a sense of loss or departure. Hymnal in composition with percussive effects, it focuses on the beauty of what is being lost, and so is wrapped in a major tonality. The second movement, titled "War&, shows the struggle to cope with this loss. The timpani kicks off the movement and immediately draws attention to the odd meter, which captures the uncertainty of this emotion. The chime enters towards the end of the movement, establishing a more stable two beat feel with the heart beat of the bass drum. This starts the third movement, which is titled "Triumph". Esoteric sounds surrounding the repetitive pattern in the bells and vibes helps to add to the sense of lifting from the earlier depiction of "war&. Elevating emotionally, it climaxes after a key change and eventually calms back down to return the listener to a sense of tranquility: being at peace with the loss that was depicted in the first movement.
An exciting collection of six pieces for solo timpani. The pieces range from 2-4 minutes each and can be played individually or as a collection.
This is a delightful CD of Johann Sebastian Bach's cello suites 1007-1009 that are played on marimba by James Preiss
Dr. Brad Meyer (b. 1983) is an international percussion artist and composer with an extensive and diverse teaching background. Currently, Brad is the Director of Percussion Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) where he directs the percussion ensemble and steel band (“Jacks of Steel”). He also teaches the private percussion lessons and percussion methods course at SFA. Dr. Meyer was recently the Visiting Instructor of Music in Percussion/Percussion Ensemble Director at Centre College (Danville, KY) and the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN) during the fall of 2011. Dr. Meyer frequently tours to universities and high schools throughout Southern and Midwestern states presenting recitals, workshops, and clinics on topics such as electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, concert snare drum, marching percussion, and world music.
Brad completed his Doctorate of Music in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy of Music Theory Certificate in the Spring of 2011 under James Campbell at the University of Kentucky, where he also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in 2006. Along with his studies at UK, Brad was the Wildcat Marching Band’s percussion director, UK Steel Band/Blue Steel coordinator, and percussion studio lesson instructor. He received his Master of Music Performance Degree under the direction of Dr. Scott Herring at the University of South Carolina, where he ran the Palmetto Pans, the USC drumline, and debuted his first percussion ensemble composition, Your Three Favorite Colors.
Recently, he was the pit manager for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and was the front ensemble caption head of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009, where he was as a front ensemble technician for the two years prior. His extensive training in world music, particularly on the Caribbean steel pan, Korean P’ungmul, mbira (Zimbabwe finger piano), Joropo maracas, and both Javanese and Balinese gamelan has provided a global perspective for his performances and research areas. From 2002-2005, Dr. Meyer was a part of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps’ front ensemble, where he accumulated one world championship, three “high-drum” trophies, and three “outstanding service” awards. Brad is a proud endorsee of Yamaha Instruments, Vic Firth Stick and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Tycoon Percussion. For more information about Dr. Meyer, please visit his website at http://www.brad-meyer.com/