Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is the name of a poem by Wallace Stevens (composed in 1917). Originally set for SATB choir with piano accompaniment, the text and music have been re-arranged and re-orchestrated for mallet percussion with narration. The tone of each stanza is reflected in its corresponding musical counterpart. In order to execute the color of each movement, it is suggested that performers spend time with the poem itself, as the music is often employed as a form of word painting.
This book is constructed so that you will be able to learn and share the unique experience of Jazz Timpani, with other musicians. Ian has provided both the lead sheets and written out versions of the same piece, note by note. We both agree that one of the goals you should set for yourself is the ability to play from the lead sheet/chord changes. However, if you find the written out versions are most beneficial in the beginning, not to worry. Find yourself other musicians (guitar, bass, vibraphone, piano, drums) and share the lead sheet with them - you can either play your own version from the lead sheet or the written version.
This book is also intended for the classical timpanist. While you may not have an interest or desire in becoming the next jazz timpanist, this book will be an enormous asset in widening your timpani experience, tuning ability, pedaling, and time/feel. I have found that playing jazz timpani is one of the most beneficial approaches to music making that I have used – it has greatly improved my musicianship, ear, and world of music making. I am confident the same will reveal itself to you!
Acclamation is the latest CD of music composed and performed by Stanley Leonard. This CD highlights his music for organ, timpani and trumpet. He is joined by organist James Cochran, and trumpeter Matthew Sonneborn, in presenting his original music, settings of well known hymn tunes and arrangements of two works by G.F. Handel. Leonard has turned to the organ as his new "ensemble" after a 38 year career as principal timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This CD joins two others, Canticle and Collage that present his works for percussion and timpani.
Jeremy Muller is an innovative percussionist dedicated to exploring the confluence of technology and modern performance. He has presented performances, papers, and masterclasses at many venues throughout North America including Banff, Alberta, First Fridays in Phoenix, International Symposium on Latin American Music, the Musical Instrument Museum, and PASIC in TN, OH and TX. Jeremy has collaborated with Greg Beyer and Stuart Saunders Smith, given world premieres of works by Alexandre Lunsqui and Andreas Stauder, and worked with groups such as the world-renowned Percussion Group Cincinnati, Phoenix’s premier new music ensemble Crossing 32nd Street, and the New Paradigm Percussion Quartet. As a composer, Jeremy has written many works often using interactive technology with live performance and non-western instruments into the context of contemporary musical idiom. His music has been premiered by the NIU "Bau House," Glendale CC Percussion Ensemble, and the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Currently, Jeremy is on faculty at Scottsdale Community College. He previously held fellowships at Arizona State University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2011, he was awarded a JumpStart Research Grant at ASU for his research and video project of Javier Alvarez’s Temazcal receiving considerable praise from the composer. Jeremy received a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University, a Master of Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. His principle teachers were J.B. Smith, Allen Otte, Jim Culley, and Rob Falvo.