Song Book, Vol. 2, featuring five songs for a singing marimbist, is now available for purchase! Visit the sheet music store on my website to pick up a copy and learn more about the collection. I hope these songs encourage people to play and sing, and hope they shine a different kind of light on the marimba.
I recently completed a new work for solo marimba entitled “Immigrant Song”. It’s been seven years since I composed a piece for 5.0 octave solo marimba, and this one is extra special for me, as it’s dedicated to my mother, Rosie Trevino. Sheet music is now available, and a full performance is now on YouTube:
The long awaited Strive to be Happy t-shirt is here 🙂 Designed by artist extraordinaire, Mike Turzanski, the shirt is available in two colors: textured white or athletic grey. Pick one up at IvanDrums.com/t-shirts.
Last year, I wrote children’s story called Space Junk. It’s about a little star who gets covered in space junk, makes her way out of it, and creates beautiful things with it.
Lagan Percussion commissioned me to compose a piece to accompany the story, for percussion quartet + narrator. After the piece was written, they schlepped their instruments to the top of an empty parking garage on a windy night in Waco, filmed this ridiculously cool video (with a drone I think), and made my story come to life. I narrate too. Thank you, Lagan!
The illustrated children’s book for Space Junk comes out later this year, but the piece is now available for performance
if anyone wants to program it. This past year has been such a fun and exploratory year for me, writing and composing in new ways, searching for new ground, and just trying to refresh my music brain. Space Junk reflects that, I think. I hope you dig it.
I wrote Driven for my pal, Drew Tucker! We premiered it at the 2017 MalletLab Summer Mallet Intensive. Sheet music is now available.
Song Book, Vol. 2 will feature five singer-songerwriter pieces written for a singing marimbist, and will be available for purchase at PASIC 2017. In the meantime, watch Ben Pitt perform Bird’s Eye View, a love song I wrote for my wife and one of the pieces featured in the book. Next to the text “girl”, I’ve included “or boy”, because love songs sound best when they are sung honestly:
I first heard Ben sing and play marimba at Chosen Vale 2016. We talked over some food and drinks about composing music for marimba and voice. The idea of the marimba as a singer-songwriter instrument is something I’ve always been interested in, and soon after our convo, Ben organized a consortium to commission the collection. More soon!