mar., drum set
Symbiosis is an attempt to blur the lines between melodic and rhythmic percussion. Marimba is a pitched instrument, however it is still a part of the percussion section and for sections of the work I try to treat the marimba like a drum. Likewise, the drum set is percussion but this does not mean that it cannot be melodic; the drum set part often acts as a melodic voice and works in counterpoint to the marimba part.
A major musical goal of mine is to expand the repertoire of the drum set. I feel that drum set is too often cast aside as strictly a jazz or “pop” instrument, when in fact it presents incredible sonic possibilities for composers. Symbiosis is the first of a series of works that I intend to write in which the drum set is given a more prominent role.