Notable performances include the 2018 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Percussive Arts Society Ohio Chapter Days of Percussion at Capital University, Ohio Northern University, Youngstown State University, and Ohio Music Education Association Conferences in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. A central part of our mission involves collaborations with composers in the commissioning, premiering, and critically acclaimed recording of their works. Our 2005 release "Dark Wood" includes six premiere recordings and commissions. Our commission project with New York City-based percussionist/composer John Hollenbeck on his "Ziggurat" for five percussionists and four saxophonists, was premiered at the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, and is available on his 2008 release "Rainbow Jimmies." The Youngstown Percussion Collective's 2012 release "Forms Of Things Unknown" is a concert-length suite by YSU professor of jazz studies, bass, and composition, Dr. Dave Morgan. Our 2012 recording of Ron Coulter's "Cajon Trio" will appear on an upcoming 2019 Coulter CD release.
Three Brothers is a jazz work for nine players: three soloists and six accompanists. This was Colgrass’s first composition, prior to which he had only improvised. In his words, “Three Brothers is a drum solo that I had been developing for five years as a jazz drummer and soloist.” The title is inspired by Woody Herman’s 1940’s composition Four Brothers, which featured four saxophonists.” Notes by Glenn Schaft.
Johanna Magdalena Beyer was born in Leipzig on July 11, 1888. She was a major figure in the experimental music movement of the 1930’s. Beyer worked closely with other composers of her time, such as Henry Cowell and Percy Grainger, in an attempt to create a new aesthetic in music. In addition to composing, Beyer was an active poet. Sadly, much of Beyer’s life and work have been drowned in a shroud of obscurity resulting in much of her music and poetry being overlooked or lost all together. Notes by Christopher Kimble.
I. Horse Thief
II. Noble Prarie
This work was the first major piece that Kreutz wrote for marimba and was premiered by the James Dutton Marimba Ensemble at the American Conservatory in Chicago.
“The Minuano is a cold wind that blows in the South of Brazil and in Uraguay.” Minuano (Six Eight) is also the title of a tune played by the Pat Metheny Group and recorded on the 1987 album Still Life (Talking).
"Clapping Music Variations" is a musically and intellectually intriguing exploration of the rhythmic motives of Steve Reich's composition "Clapping Music" (1972). Reich’s work is composed for two performers, one clapping a constant rhythmic pattern and the other progressively displacing the same rhythm by shifting the pattern by one eighth-note to create various rhythmic counterpoints. After experimenting with Clapping Music as a practice exercise for two hands, then all four limbs on the drumset, Kotche developed an arrangement using numerous percussive textures, including melodic percussion to highlight the rhythmic interplay of Reich’s rhythms. Notes by Ed Davis and Glenn Schaft
Glenn Schaft and the YSU Percussion Studio wish to thank Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Co., Remo Inc, Innovative Percussion Inc., and Black Swamp Percussion for their support.
Upcoming Percussion Events:
November 4, 2015, 8 PM; Percussion Ensemble – 8:00 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44503