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The S-Dance

Composer: Ivana Bilić

Instrument: Percussion Ensemble

Level: Advanced

Published: 2012

Price: €42.00


Item details

  • Description +
    • Duration: 6 min.

      The theme of the piece is a dance that comes from the little island of my ancestors – Silba. But my main inspiration is the curvy and sensual letter S and the different variations of dancing and rhythm that we find in different cultures. I like to use quotations and mix styles. The piece should project the joy of movement, rhythm and sound imminent to percussion.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Percussion Ensemble:

      Player 1:
      Cabasa
      Bass Drum
      Marimba
      Cymbal (sizzle)
      Vibraslap
      Rain Tree
      Wood-Blocks
      Bass Drum (with pedal)

      Player 2:
      Snare Drum
      Vibraphone
      Hi-Hat
      Bass Drum (shared with other players)

      Player 3:
      Bass Drum (shared with other players)
      Timpani
      Marimba
      Cow Bell (with pedal)
      2 Agogo Bells

  • About the composer +
    • IVANA BILIĆ is an internationally recognised marimba virtuoso and a versatile percussion artist. She graduated percussion at the Zagreb Academy of Music (prof. Igor Lešnik).

      She regularly appears as soloist with European orchestras and participates on international festivals (Music Biennale Zagreb, Musicora Paris, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Julian Rachlin & Friends, Melos Ethos Bratislava, Tempus Fugit Tel Aviv etc.) Her concert activities include recitals, crossover projects, contemporary stage productions, cd recording sessions, appearances at live tv shows and cooperation with artists and ensembles in Europe, USA and South America.

      Ms Bilic has received all the major Croatian performers´ awards.

      Since 1996. Ivana has been the solo timpanist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio.

      Ivana is on faculty at the Zagreb Academy of Music. She regularly gives marimba and percussion clinics and masterclasses in USA, South America and Europe and serves as jury member on international competitions (Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference in Minneapolis, faculty at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in Boston 2004, Appleton 2007 and 2009, and in Amsterdam 2010,  guest artist at the Belgium Marimba Competition and Festival 2004, appearances at PASIC 2002, 2006 and 2009, jury member at Paris and Salzburg Marimba Competitions, jury member and clinician at PAS Italy Percussion Days, guest artist and clinician at Alcoy 2007 Percussion course in Spain, Festival de marimbistas, Chiapas, Mexico 2004). In 2008, in cooperation with the Samobor Autumn Music Festival she has founded an annual marimba event called Ivana Bilic Marimba Week.

      Ivana performs, arranges and co-edits new works for percussion and is the author of several marimba and vibraphone solos and a duo published by Malletworks and Cantus.

      She took part in the huge international commissioning project of ZMF New Music for Marimba project in association with C.F. Peters as one of the few best marimbists who premiered and recorded the new works. Ivana is a Marimbaone artist with her own signature line of mallets.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, May 2013)

      Inspired by the “curvy and sensual letter S” in addition to different variations of dancing and rhythms from around the world, this six-minute percussion trio will require performers to communicate a musical bond, a keen sense of rhythmic security, and comfort with performance styles from various musical genres. Ivana Bilić has done an outstanding job combining a mix of mood and character styles by using a common thread of energy and momentum in an effort to “project the joy of movement, rhythm, and sound imminent to percussion.”

      Loosely structured in ABA form, the work begins with a cabasa combined with a snare drum (which is cradled and played like a guitar) and a timpano to establish the mood of this “dancing” journey. The middle section begins with a timpano played like a Serbian tapan (double-headed drum) combined with a hefty four-mallet marimba part and vibraphone bowed while using “mouth vibrato” for effect. With all three players on keyboard instruments, the middle section ends with performers walking to a shared bass drum. There they finish the piece with overlapping hand accents while playing individually on a pedaled drumset (bass drum, hi-hat, and cowbell) and shouting in Japanese.

      If your trio is up to the challenge, consider this work an option for your next recital, percussion ensemble concert, or showcase performance event.

      —Joshua D. Smith

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover artist: Voljen Grbac
      Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Photo: Claudia Hansen
      Dedicated to Trio 2.1
      Engraving: Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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