I x 6 is a piece for solo percussionist which incorporates vocalisation, movement and acting. It is based on the idea of the Ages of Man, an idea dating from Ancient Greece but prevalent in medieval times before reaching its most well-known form in Shakespeare.
This fanfare is written for the purpose of opening percussion ensemble concerts. It is written for common instruments and is a short, attention-grabbing curtain-raiser. It shows off each of the instruments used and has them interacting in different ways within its short duration.
The Marimba Etudes are designed for the intermediate marimbist to work on several aspects of technique which are necessary to develop before proceeding to more advanced work. Particular mallet combinations and types of movement around the instrument are stressed in these pieces, which place the techniques in a musical context.
Inspired by the altiplano music of the Andean region of South America, it admirably expresses the history of the ordinary people of the region who have been subjected to a particularly nasty succession of interfering and oppressive political regimes.
Jacku II is for flute and percussion and it is founded on a Bolivian song of the same name. Written in Quechua, an Inca language so romantic and poetic that it is virtually impossible to translate; but jacku seems to have the meaning 'let’s go', as in 'let us leave this place'.
This piece was written to be a challenging but approachable piece for the intermediate to advanced percussionist. The percussion instruments are carefully chosen to provide variety within a relatively compact collection. Two keyboards and two timpani complement an eight-drum collection with some added smaller instruments.