Contact: Sasha Steinberg
STARKVILLE, Miss.—A college member in Mississippi State’s Division of Music has launched a brand new album, his first recorded fully on marimba.
Professor Jason Baker’s “All Saints” is out there for streaming and obtain on such in style websites as Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music. For digital album entry, go to https://jasonbakerpercussion.bandcamp.com.
The album represents the fruits of a five-year undertaking wherein Baker commissioned new works for the marimba from 5 Mississippi composers. He has carried out them all through the nation, selling up to date classical music from the Mississippi State group and the Magnolia State as a complete.
“Every composer was given whole inventive freedom to jot down no matter they wished, and the result’s a group of music as complicated and eclectic as Mississippi itself,” stated Baker, who beforehand launched three albums as a solo percussionist.
The 5 works featured on the album embody “Nocturnal Dance” by MSU senior music training main Carlos L. Kemp Jr. of Starkville; “All Saints” by Paul Heindl of Clinton, teacher of percussion, music idea lab, and rock band at Hinds Group School; “McKenzie River Ferns” by Shandy Phillips of Starkville, founder and instructor at Starkville Strings Faculty; and “Framing Silence” by Warren Ertle of Jackson, composer pursuing his doctorate in music composition on the College of Alabama.
The album concludes with “Concertpiece for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble,” a pop-fushion showpiece composed by MSU Affiliate Director of Bands Clifton Taylor.
Baker began studying the marimba at age 17 when making ready to audition for the College of Connecticut’s undergraduate music program. He stated he enjoys this instrument as a result of it permits him to carry out new music by dwelling composers together with works initially written for different devices.
“I had performed drums because the age of 10, however acceptance into a school music program requires percussionists to be fluent on a wide range of totally different devices—marimba being one among them,” he stated. “I just like the marimba as a result of it entails the physicality of enjoying percussion, along with the weather of music that different devices get to take pleasure in, resembling melody and concord.”
Baker defined that the marimba has gained recognition with live performance audiences in current a long time. Originating centuries in the past in Africa, the instrument later migrated to Latin America and arrived within the early twentieth century on the American live performance stage, the place it has since been the main target of solos, concertos and ensemble music by composers all over the world. Constructed of tuned wood bars, very similar to a xylophone, the marimba options an prolonged vary of decrease notes and is continuously performed with two mallets in every hand.
Together with serving on the MSU music college, Baker maintains an lively performing schedule all through the U.S. As a composer and arranger, he has printed over 30 works for solo percussion and two tutorial books. He’s an artist endorser for the Yamaha Company of America, Revolutionary Percussion, Remo, Sabian, and Grover Professional Percussion.
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