Skoog, Donald There are 10 products.

Don Skoog is an independent musician, teacher, and writer who lives in Oak Park, Illinois. He gigs on drumset, Latin percussion, marimba, and Flamenco cajon (His hobbies are the Irish bodhran and Arabic tabl). His teachers include James Dutton, Vida Chenoweth, Gordon Stout, Karl Husa, Roberto Vizcaino, Jose Eladio, Rich Gajate Garcia, and Alajandro Carvajal. He has taught percussion at the American Conservatory of Music, Sherwood Music School, and The Contemporary Music Project, which he founded in 1982. Mr. Skoog has given demonstrations on marimba, drumset, or bata at Northwestern University, Valparaiso University, Vandercook Collee, Kansas State University, Colorado State University, The Nashville Jazz Workshop, and the PAS Illinois Day of Percussion, as well as hundreds of presentations in grade and high schools through The International Music Foundation. He was Lead Artist for the Gallery 37 Latin Big Band from 1993 to 2002, and has traveled to Cuba many times to study and conduct tours.

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  • Donald Skoog's Water & Fire for solo marimba presents two contrasting movements describing these basic elements of life. Movement 1, Water, displays the undulations and smoothness of water with its flowing patterns and chorales. Movement 2, Fire, builds and rages uncontrollably just like a real fire. This is a great and very popular piece for the...

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  • Mozambique evolved from my explorations of the North American version of this rhythm (not the Cuban, which is entirely different). It is more accessible harmonically and easier technically than some of the other etudes, but is still an excellent recital piece and a good choice for marimbists interested in improving their improvisational skills

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  • Fantasy for L 5 is an odd-time funk tune, more or less. It's sort of a manic Freedom Jazz Dance, only in 7/4. There are lots of tricky stickings for the marimbist and plenty of solo options for each player to make their mark on the music.

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  • Two Slaves is my newest work, and the hardest to play. A large-scale concert piece in two movements, it is structured around an idea I call the Notes-to-Music Ratio, that has haunted me since I first began composing. The N-t-MR is my scale for judging musical quality. Why are some pieces very busy yet leave little impression on the listener while others...

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  • Graven Image combines chorale technique with lateral-sticking patterns in an additive meter work similar to a crazed Musser etude. This showy recital piece challenges the performer both technically and musically while taking advantage of the inherent strengths that make the marimba such a beautiful instrument.

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  • A Little Jazz was written to combine the compositional possibilities of the marimba with the freedom of jazz improvisation. It can be performed as a solo, a vibe/marimba duet, or for two marimbas. A great piece for recitals and for marimbists who want to get into improvisation. I've retyped this new edition and added performance notes.

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  • Art Song combines hand-to-hand and lateral-sticking melodies with odd-time Jazz. There are chord changes to solo over and an open cadenza where the marimbist can make an original contribution to the music.

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  • This elegant, melodic work is unique in the marimba repertoire. Attendance to Ritual blends one-hand octaves and lateral stickings with improvisation, resulting in music with both a classical esthetic and creative opportunities.

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  • Soca is a stylization of the Trinidadian rhythm. The melody can be played with two or four mallets and is suitable for vibraphone, as well. Its flexible roadmap and modal harmonies allow for a variety of improvisation schemes and possibilities for all the performers.

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  • I've been studying in Cuba for twelve years. During that time I've collected notes from various teachers, bringing them home to rework them so I could prepare other Americans for study on the island. This book is the result of that work. It includes technical exercises as taught by different teachers at the Escuela Nacionál de Arte, popular rhythms,...

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