Emmanuel Séjourné (France) was born in 1961 in Limoges.
After classical studies at the National Conservatory in Strasbourg, he was introduced to Jean Batigne, Director and Founder of the Percussion de Strasbourg, to the world of percussion, particular in contemporary and improvised music. After studying percussion, Séjourné specialized himself in keyboard percussion (vibraphone and marimba).
Since 1981, he has been active both as a performer and composer.
Acclaimed by members of the percussion community, Séjourné´s works have been performed by the foremost soloists and groups around the world.
Chandigarh by Emmanuel Sejourne was commissioned by Guy Frisch, a good friend of the composer. This is a very rhythmic work that incorporates unique playing techniques to add new timbres to the piece: playing on the nodes, dead strokes, and "marimshots". An excellent new work by one of the most popular composers of marimba music in the world!
Inspired by the percussive mallet music of Uganda, each player in this unique piece uses 2 mallets, and all three players play on one 5-octave marimba. Numerous melo-rhythmic lines interlock to form an interesting polyrhythmic (3:2, etc.) groove. No one part is particularly difficult, yet concentration is required so as to realize the interlocking...