Composer: Taiki Nishihara
Instrument: Percussion Duo
Duration: 8 min.
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About the composer +
Taiki Nishihara (b.1968) began to play percussion since 1982. He then studied percussion and marimba at the Senzoku Gakuen college of music in Japan with Prof. Tomoyuki Okada from 1988 to 1992. Subsequently he participated as a member of the Percussion Ensemble OKADA of Japan. This resulted in concerts in 1992, 1998 & 2002 T.I.P.C (Taiwan International percussion Convention). He successively holds a teaching at Tokyo metroporitan Izumi high school.
Review (Percussive Notes, July (60) 2012)
This challenging duet for marimba and multiple percussion permits each performer to sparkle as well as to collectively groove in a uniquely Japanese compositional style. After an unaccompanied, opening introductory marimba chorale that is tertially complex (but not in an expected traditional harmonic sense), the second performer enters with cymbals and bass drum before settling into a tastefully rhythmic passage in 6/8. This permits dialogue between the performers with punctuated rhythmic cadences that define the anchor points of this ten-minute, high-energy composition. The coda contains a reprise of some of the introductory passage with more underpinning from the tomtoms, bongos, and congas. “Rush Out” would be appropriate for the advanced graduate-level percussion recital or two professional performers.—Jim Lambert
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