New Piece: Legerdemain for multi-percussion solo

UPDATE 9/4/14: Full performance video below!

Legerdemain may very well be the most challenging piece I’ve ever written. It is HARD, but man it’s fun too! The term legerdemain means ‘slight of hand’ and the piece requires just that. It’s scored for a percussion soloist who plays both drum set and vibraphone simultaneously, sounding like two people playing at once. Check out Phillip O’Banion, the consortium organizer, perform the piece:

Sheet music for Legerdemain is now available! The piece is part of a larger suite for multi-percussion solo entitled Crossed Wires. Be on the look out for the other movements soon.

Video: Strive to be Happy

I just recorded this video of Strive to be Happy, my newest piece for solo marimba. It’s written for 4.3 octave marimba. It’s a great piece for intermediate level players or for advanced players looking to add something simple to a recital. Thanks to Ellen for the GoPro camera and Aaron Staebell for the inspiration and friendship.

If you’re interested in purchasing the music, click here. Thank you all!


Physical Sheet Music Now Available

I am excited to announce that Lone Star Percussion and Steve Weiss Music will now carry physical copies of my sheet music! I will continue to sell PDFs via my website, but I’m happy to make “hard copies” available via Lone Star and Steve Weiss.

If you’d like to see my music in your school’s music library, please share this information with them.

I’m very happy to be working with these two great percussion companies!


[photo above by Warren LaFever]


Flow is like Mudra meets Marimba Spiritual meets Trevino.”
– Dr. Eric Willie, Assistant Professor of Percussion, UNC Greensboro

I have always wanted to write a piece featuring a percussion soloist with a backing percussion group, a la Marimba Spiritual, Mudra, and Shadow Chasers. My new piece Flow does just that! It features a soloist who alternates between snare drum and marimba, accompanied by percussion trio.

Flow was commissioned by Dr. Eric Willie, Assistant Professor of Percussion at University of North Carolina Greensboro. He premiered the piece at PASIC 2013 accompanied by the Science Hill Percussion Ensemble. Below is a video performance of Flow from Eric’s PASIC premiere as well as an audio midi sample. The piece is now available for performance and can be purchased via my sheet music store.

I’m so thankful that Eric commissioned this piece. He is such a big supporter of new works for percussion and an absolutely stellar musician. Thank you, Eric!

New Album!

I’ve spent the last year of my life writing and recording a new album called TEN with my band Break of Reality. I am happy to report that the album is officially out and available on iTunes and Bandcamp!

I contributed my drumming, percussion-ing, composing and producing on this album, and I think you percussionists out there will especially enjoy hearing a new arrangement of my piece Six, scored for piano, marimba, glockenspiel, drumset and three cellos!

I hope you can download the album and spread the word to your students, colleagues, music friends, and anyone else that you think would enjoy it! Here are the links: Purchase on iTunes : Purchase on Bandcamp

Thank you all for your support and happy listening!

– Ivan