Mallet Quartet - Steve Reich
"Mallet Quartet" was composed by Steve Reich in 2009 for the percussion groups Amadinda, So Percussion, and Synergy Percussion. The piece is composed in three movements, fast, slow, fast, a compositional technique used in other Reich pieces such as Electric Counterpoint and New York Counterpoint. Some other characteristics can be heard in "Mallet Quartet" such as the steady rhythmic hocket in the marimbas in the first movement and the emphasis on canon in the two vibraphone parts. However, possibly the one thing that stands out the most is the second movement. There is an incredible amount of space within the structure of the movement. Very few notes are used to the point where it sounds like it could be too thin or possibly not hold together. Lastly "Mallet Quartet" is the first piece where Reich has written for the low C on the 5 octave marimba. This gives a lot of support for the bass harmony and allows us to drive to the end in the third movement. This is a recording session done at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore in the Spring of 2011. The recording and audio editing was done by Dan Price and video editing by Victor Caccese. The performers are... Sao Aoki Garrett Arney Victor Caccese Cristobal Gajardo
Threads - Paul Lansky
Threads (2005) - Paul Lansky Peabody Percussion Group: Scott Quade David Degge Sao Aoki Dongliang Xu Recorded on: April 28, 2012 Threads is a half-hour long "cantata" for percussion quartet. There are three "threads" interwoven in the piece with the aim of highlighting the wide range of qualities that percussion instruments are capable of. The movements are performed without interruption.
James Wood - Village Burial with Fire
This is pretty old, but I kept forgetting to upload it! This was done during my last year at Peabody--unfortunately, we lost one of the camera angles when my computer got stolen! I'm still really happy with the end result of this piece. Sao Aoki, Victor Caccese, Cristobal Gajardo, Doug Perry - Percussion Video editing - Victor Caccese Recording and audio editing - Gabe Slotnick of Leaping Llama Audio: http://www.leapingllamaaudio.com/