Forgiveness for solo vibraphone

I’ve decided to write a new piece each school year that focuses on access and affordability. Specifically, to write music for instruments that are more available to students and schools, and to make those pieces more affordable.

This year’s piece is “Forgiveness” for solo vibraphone. I’m really excited about this piece, as the concept is something very dear to me.

Until Sept. 1st, I’m making the piece available through a “choose your price” model. Pay anywhere from $2 to $20, or whatever is doable for you. I hope this gives teachers an opportunity to add to their library or students a chance to play a piece they might not have otherwise.

The choose your price option expires on Sept. 1st, but the piece will still be available after that HERE.

Much love!

New Release: Song Book, Vol. 3 for Wind Quintet + Percussion

Scored for wind quintet and percussion soloist, Song Book, Vol. 3 was commissioned by the award winning quintet, WindSync. The collection features four pieces written as musical thank-you’s for artists who have inspired me. Sheet music is now available if you are interested in performing the piece! Here is a video performance of WindSync and I performing the first movement, “Byrne”, captured beautifully by Four/Ten Media:

Byrne was written in the spirit of David Byrne and Talking Heads. As is the case with much of David’s music, Byrne is dancy and quirky, with rhythmic grooves and riffs at the forefront of the music. Thom was written with Thom Yorke in mind. He’s a soulfully gifted singer / songwriter who can take a simple motive and craft it into something beautiful. St. Annie was written with Annie Clark in mind. She’s a breath of fresh air for me and one of my favorite artists. While her project, St. Vincent, is known for a wild stage show, some of my favorite Annie songs are the ones that are stripped down to minimal instrumentation and presentation. I hope this moment in the collection gives listeners a chance to breathe, as Annie’s music does for me. To end the song book, I wanted to write something hopeful. Written in the spirit of Jónsi Birgisson and his band, Sigur Rós, Jónsi threads elements of his musical language with my own percussive way of thinking. Perhaps if Jónsi became a percussionist, he might write something that sounds kind of like this.

WindSync and I premiered Song Book, Vol. 3 in Houston, TX at Miller Outdoor Theatre on September 29, 2018. Thanks to Kara, Anni, Emily, Julian and Garrett for helping bring this music to life.

– Ivan Trevino, 2019

NEW RELEASE: Crossroads for marimba and cajon duo

I wrote a new duo! Introducing Crossroads for marimba and cajon duo:

Sheet music is available here.

I wrote the piece for award winning percussionist, Bryce Turner, who also performs with me in the video above.

Crossroads is an intersection of rhythmic complexity and melodic simplicity. Throughout the piece, the two players share complex unison rhythms, requiring focused attention to groove and time. This is underscored by the addition of simple melodic figures, adding another element for the players to navigate. At times, the cajón player is asked to simultaneously play deskbells with feet.

The goal is to create a blitz of tight rhythms and grooves while also bringing clarity to the simple, often times singable, melodic ideas. This juxtaposition makes Crossroads one of the most technically and musically demanding pieces I’ve written.

Coincidentally, Bryce and I were both born in the small Texas town of Victoria, known as “The Crossroads” of South Texas.

NEW: The Warning Lights Are Blinking Red for solo marimba w/ audio track

The Warning Lights Are Blinking Red is scored for solo marimba with audio track and was written for Nežka Prosenjak, winner of the 2018 MalletLab International Online Competition. Sheet music is now available here.

I wrote The Warning Lights Are Blinking Red shortly after revisiting George Orwell’s novel, “1984”. Given the political situation we currently find ourselves in, this line in the book was particularly poignant: “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” With Warning Lights, I wanted to create something chaotic and tense, something that captures the manic state of our political climate. The piece is a point of departure for me in terms of compositional process and sound, and also in terms of technical and rhythmic difficulty.

Strive to be Happy online masterclass

On Sunday, January 27, I’ll be teaching a live online masterclass on my piece, Strive to be Happy! Here are the details:

STRIVE TO BE HAPPY – online masterclass w Ivan Trevino
Date & Time: Sunday, January 27, 2019 // 5pm CST
Registration Fee: $10.00 (60 min w Q&A)


Class descriptionIf you or your student are preparing my marimba solo “Strive to be Happy” for solo contest, jury or recital, this class may be helpful! I’ll give personal insights, target common problem spots, and share my performance approach to the piece. Ultimately, I want class participants to walk away with helpful information they can apply to their own performance of the piece and overall musicianship. This particular class is not just reserved for people playing the piece. You might be an educator who is teaching the piece and looking for a different pedagogical perspective, or maybe you simply enjoy my music and want to hear me talk about it. All are welcome, regardless of age or skill level. After you register, I will send you a link invite. You join the class at the scheduled day and time. That’s it! The class will close with a Q&A, so bring questions!

Episode 4: Revisiting PASIC 2018

After a two year hiatus, the Aaron and Ivan Podcast is back! In this episode, THE WORST INTRO TO A PODCAST EVER (vol. 2), we revisit The Big Trouble’s PASIC 2018 concert, Aaron offers some funny parenting advice and much more. Episode photo credit: HPK Creative Arts.

Mentions / shout-outs to the following friends: Drew Worden, Maria Finkelmeier, Rob Honstein, Todd Meehan, Baylor Percussion Group, Mark Boseman, Joshua Simonds, Madeleine McQueen, Sam Um, Sarah Staebell, Amanda Trevino, Elliot Cole, Gabriella Mayer, Ben Pitt, George Clements, Mark Boseman, Jason Treuting, Doug Perkins, Sam Um, Stella Perlic, Gabriella Mayer, Danny from Chosen Vale, Lagan Percussion, Ricky Bracamontes, Taylor Davis, James Ferris, Stephen Seymour, Chris Mead, A&F Drum Co., Evans Drumheads, Malletech Instruments, Vic Firth, Zildjian, MalletLab, Meinl Percussion, Yamaha, DW Drums, Berkner High School Percussion, Vista Ridge High School Percussion, Glenn Choe, Nate Wood, Nate Smith, Megan Arns, University of Missouri Mbira Ensemble, Musekiwa Chingodza, Chris Jones, Erik Forst.