PUNX for percussion ensemble

I wrote a new piece for percussion ensemble called PUNX.

I was a punk rock kid in my younger years. I played in a few bands, wrote tons of songs, and developed the ability to play really fast drum set. The punk scene taught me to be a self thinker, to question things, and that it was OK to be different. I had fun in the scene, and it definitely influenced my attitude and musical journey.

The piece pays homage to the music of my youth and is sort of a punk rock anthem for percussion ensemble. I thought it would be nice to revisit the sounds of my younger years; something rebellious, quirky and fun.

PUNX was commissioned by Broken Arrow HS Percussion Ensemble for their 2016 Midwest Clinic performance. It’s scored for 6-7 players; two marimbas, two glockenspiels, vibraphone, and two percussion parts. The percussion parts can be adapted for one drum set player if desired. Sheet music is now available.

PASIC Preview 2016 and other cool stuff too.

Hello, percussion friends. I hope life is great for you. Halloween was fun here in Austin. My parents dressed up like the Flintstones:

Who is going to PASIC this year? I will be there. I hope you will be there too! If you go, check out some of these things:

2300 DEGREES. I composed a new marimba duo. It’s called 2300 Degrees. It’s the most challenging marimba duo I’ve ever written, and was commissioned by Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet of Escape Ten percussion duo. It’s seriously hard. You have to do stuff like this while playing the right notes and rhythms.

Escape Ten will perform the piece at PASIC as part of their showcase concert on Thursday, November 10th at 2pm. Annie and Andrea are really talented musicians and sweet souls. I think you will enjoy their show. Here’s a video preview via the inter webs:

Sheet music for 2300 Degrees will be available at PASIC at the Steve Weiss and Lone Star Percussion booths. If you can’t make PASIC but still want to pick up the music, you can purchase a PDF here. I will personally email the piece to you on or before Wednesday, November 9th, before my flight to PASIC 🙂

Music will also be available for some of my previously unreleased pieces, like:

SPUR for solo snare drum + audio track. 

I wrote Spur with Jacques Delécluse in mind. His snare drum etudes are some of my favorite pieces ever written. They are so thoughtful and nuanced. I wanted to compose a piece through a similar lens. The piece was commissioned by a consortium led by Korry Friend, who plays the piece beautifully: 

Pick up a copy of Spur at PASIC, or purchase a PDF here.

THIS IS LIKE JAZZ! is a duo for contrabass flute and marimba (with spoken word by the marimba player). I composed the piece for Terry Longshore and Tessa Brinckman of Caballito Negro. The piece is storytelling set to music, detailing my experience working with young musicians in Turkmenistan, who improvised music for the first time in their lives. The end of the piece details my favorite memory from the trip. After a masterclass on improv, a teenage cellist raised his hand, and in broken english, said one word: “Improvisation”… They wanted to try it again: 

Pick up sheet music at PASIC, or purchase a PDF here.

Judging PASIC Chamber Percussion Ensemble Competition. I am a judge this year. I am very intimidating. No mess ups… I’m just kidding! Have fun up there. But, try for no mess ups.

And now, for some non-PASIC stuff…

STRIVE TO BE HAPPY T-SHIRT?!
I’m thinking about releasing a t-shirt.

Weird, or not weird? Some of the proceeds would go to a local music program supporting underserved youth in Austin. Not weird then, right? Plus, it’s designed by my good friend and artist, Mike Turzanski. Weird again! (in a completely good way). If you are interested in a t-shirt, send me a message so I can put you on “the list”.

THE MICHAEL BURRITT STAGE HUG
This happened!

IN CONCLUSION. Let me know if you have programmed some of my music this semester. It’s nice to keep track of these things, and honestly, nice to hear from you. See you at PASIC!

With Love,

Ivan

2300 Degrees preview

Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet from Escape Ten percussion duo are incredible. I feel so fortunate that they are playing my new marimba duo, 2300 Degrees, at their PASIC 2016 showcase concert. The concert is on Thursday, November 10th at 2pm in room 120. Sheet music for 2300 Degrees will be available at PASIC (and on my website) in November. Here’s a video preview of the piece:

See you at PASIC!

-Ivan

SPACE JUNK – Teaser

I wrote a children’s book and set it to music. It’s called Space Junk. Above is a teaser video with some art + music. My friend and artist Mike Turzanski is illustrating the book and Lagan Percussion from Baylor University will be premiering the piece during the 2016-2017 season. The piece is scored for narrator + percussion quartet (w synths). I am really excited to see this project come to life; it’s going to be a rad one I think.

-Ivan