Youngstown Percussion Collective
in residence at Youngstown State University
28 January 2005
Ron Coulter, Rob Ferguson, Nathan douds,
Robert Flamino, Craig Hill, Justin Watt,
Sarah Sexton, Jason Detec, JOSH Haggerty, Elizabeth Bartlely
Bluebird Samba (1994) Ted Rounds
3G-CL (2004) Nathan Douds
Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble (1992) Ney Rosauro
Sarah Sexton – marimba soloist
Improvisation on Metal (2005) Boris Chesakov & YPC
The idea for this piece began when members of YPC saw a metal sculpture by Boris Chesakov. We asked Boris if he was interested in building us something to improvise on. He was immediately interested and was willing to build the sculpture that you see now, and on very short notice!
Waking Dreams (2000) Michael Burritt
Rob Ferguson – marimba soloist
3G-CL is a short piece originally written for alto sax, acoustic bass, and drum set. It was never performed in that configuration so it was adapted for a percussion trio. It was composed using some serial techniques but also contains a fair amount of improvisation.
Ney Rosauro is recognized as one of the most original and dynamic symphonic percussionists and composers today. Rosauro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24, 1952 and started studying percussion in 1977. As a composer he has published over 30 pieces for percussion as well as several method books. His compositions are very popular worldwide and have been recorded by internationally acclaimed artists such as Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra. Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba was originally written in 1986 for Marimba and String Orchestra and was later adapted from its original version for Percussion Ensemble.
Waking Dreams was commissioned by the Tempus Fugit Percussion Group. The work was premiered in August 2000 at the Chautauqua Institution. I came upon the title Waking Dreams while reading a relatively insignificant piece of best-selling fiction. The thought of a waking dream struck me as exactly the experience I was having while in the midst of writing this piece. To me a waking dream is a constant stream on creative thought focused on (or obsessed with) a specific idea or project. This is not to be confused with “day-dreaming” which would be a series of random unrelated thought that pass in and out of our minds as a departure from our specific momentary reality. Although, I must admit to daydreaming quite often. Michael Burritt, Director of Percussion, Northwestern University.
YPC is a professional Group In-Residence at Youngstown State University Dana School of Music. Founded in 2003, YPC is dedicated to excellence in percussion performance and education presenting Private and Public Concerts, School Presentations, Clinics, Masterclasses, Residencies, Private & Group Instruction, and Consulting Services.
YPC performed at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky where they collaborated with several Cleveland area percussionists and the Dance Theater Collective of Cleveland in a presentation of the percussion and dance music of composer Lou Harrison. Members Ron Coulter, Nathan Douds, and Craig Hill commissioned the world premiere of YSU faculty member Till Meyn’s marimba concerto “Groovelocity” at the 2003 Dana Piano Week Festival. Other performances have included the Butler Institute of American Art and numerous corporate and private functions. In April, YPC and the YSU Percussion Ensemble will be recording their first compact disc to be released later this year. The disc will feature pieces written especially for our groups.