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UW-Eau Claire Percussion Ensemble PASIC performance was fantastic!
The ensemble performed at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis this past November - we were very excited to be a part of such a great gathering of percussionists. We premiered a new work called "Show Us How To Live" by composer Baljinder Sekhon, II. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the students and myself enjoyed not only the appreciative audience, but also sharing the stage with such great performers from around the United States. It will be an event that we will remember for a very, very long time.
I was also part of an Interactive Drumming Panel Discussion on that Saturday of PASIC as well. It was lead by fellow percussionist and academic extraordinaire Professor Peter Alan Hussey and included myself and Jon Crabiel, the percussion professor at Bulter University. The convention attendees that were present made the discussion even more enjoyable and the session was a success.
Also, our trip to the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival this past July was beyond description. The UWEC Quartet played immensely well, the festival was fantastic, and the students and myself got to work with the percussion faculty for the festival, Mr. Rob Knopper, percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. What a great two weeks! The entire performance by the quartet is on Youtube and can be found here.
The pieces performed were:
Music for Pieces of Wood - Steve Reich
Sun - Baljinder Sekhon, II
Omphalo Centric Lecture - Nigel Westlake
Table Music - Thierry De May
Stubernic - Mark Ford
The percussion studio also received a nice write up in the 2014 UW-Eau Claire "Year in Reivew" - you can find it here. Scroll down and you'll see us mentioned.
Rob has a new CD/DVD with all the Delecluse Snare Drum Etudes - you should check it out, it's quite impressive! Click here to find out more: