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Osaka Groove

Composer: Adam Tan

Instrument: Marimba Duo (4.3 Octave)

Level: Advanced

Published: 2024

Price: €25.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 3 min.

      Osaka Groove
      is an energetic and driving duo with a strong groove, yet laid-back in its feel and whimsical nature based on the nature of the Japanese city of Osaka. This dichotomy in Osaka Groove represents Osaka's thriving and bustling metropolis that often counterbalances with its more relaxing and friendly culture. With this in mind, I wrote this piece for my friend Kana Omori in 2023 as a celebration of two events - Kana's long-awaited return to my home city of Perth as a faculty artist for Marimbafest 2023, and the news that Kana was now a professor at her alma mater, the Osaka College of Music.

      Kana's style of performing was an inspiration for the feel of Osaka Groove - a Latin-style groove base with J-pop style chord structures and harmonies, energised by classical percussion style cross rhythm and complexity. Kana often performs works and covers like Jounetsu Tairiku, Senbonzakura and Gurenge with incredible flair and dynamism while on stage, so this energy is replicated by both parts in Osaka Groove. Both parts contain flashy 32nd note runs that juxtapose with satisfying unison chordal blocks, making this an ideal duo work for anyone looking to go all out in their ensemble performance practice.

      Osaka Groove is also written for two 4.3 octave marimbas, making it more accessible for anyone looking to play 'big' duos with a smaller setup.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba Duo (4.3 Octave)

  • Watch+
    • Performance by Adam Tan & Kana Omiro

  • About the composer +
    • Adam Tan is a marimba soloist, educator and composer based in Perth, Western Australia. Adam is most known for being a YouTube content creator on THE STUDIO, a self-produced YouTube show uploading weekly episodes for education and entertainment relating to percussion. 

      Adam has performed and presented in-person in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States, and has also presented online classes in Argentina, Central America and the United Kingdom. Highlights include solo performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), inc. percussion days (Japan), PAS Hong Kong Days of Percussion and Oh! Asian Percussionists Series (Hong Kong), Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar (USA), Australian Percussion Gathering and masterclass presentations at the 505A Percussion Gathering (Hong Kong), MalletLab Summer Intensive (USA), WA Day of Percussion (Australia) and various universities and schools across Taiwan. 

      As a composer, Adam's works for percussion are performed regularly as they appear in repertoire lists for auditions, examinations and competitions around the world, such as the UIL Texas Prescribed Music List (PML). Adam’s works can be listened to on all music streaming platforms and stores. 

      Adam is the founder and director of Marimbafest Australia, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of percussive arts in Australia, curating various events including the annual marimba festival and competition Marimbafest, as well as the annual concert series Percussion All-Stars

      Adam has a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) from the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. 

      Adam is a Marimba One Premier Artist and a Signature Artist of Encore Mallets with his own signature series of mallets. Adam's compositions are published by Edition Svitzer.

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Adam Tan
      Photo: Adam Tan
      Copyright ©Adam Tan