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Everywhere Entangled: works for percussion by Edgard Varese; Stephen Hartke; Blake Wilkins et al.

Audio Samples

>Wilkins, Blake : Dancing with Snakes, for percussion ensemble
>Taylor, Stephen A. : Everywhere Entangled, for percussion ensemble
>Deane, Christopher : The Manes Scroll, for percussion ensemble
>Varèse, Edgard : Ionisation
>Gorbos, Stephen : Push, for percussion ensemble
>Goto, Yo [Arranger] : Invisibles Pass By, for percussion ensemble
>Hartke, Stephen : Percolative Processes, for percussion ensemble
>Crumb, David : Kinetikus, for percussion ensemble
>Merritt, Justin : Sturm und Drang, for percussion ensemble

Album Summary

>Wilkins, Blake : Dancing with Snakes, for percussion ensemble
>Taylor, Stephen A. : Everywhere Entangled, for percussion ensemble
>Deane, Christopher : The Manes Scroll, for percussion ensemble
>Varèse, Edgard : Ionisation
>Gorbos, Stephen : Push, for percussion ensemble
>Goto, Yo [Arranger] : Invisibles Pass By, for percussion ensemble
>Hartke, Stephen : Percolative Processes, for percussion ensemble
>Crumb, David : Kinetikus, for percussion ensemble
>Merritt, Justin : Sturm und Drang, for percussion ensemble
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Moores School Percussion Ensemble serves as the cornerstone of the Department of Percussion Studies at the University of Houston. Directed by Dr. Blake M. Wilkins and established in 1997, the ensemble's selection as a winner in the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition and its appearance at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Convention distinguished the ensemble as a premier collegiate percussion ensemble. Winning the competition again in 2006 marked the ensemble's second such success in consecutive opportunities, and its selection once again in 2010 solidified its reputation internationally as a leader in percussion performance. The ensemble has also emerged as a leader in the advancement of new music for the medium. In the fall of 2002, the Moores School Percussion Ensemble initiated a commissioning project to encourage new works for large percussion ensemble. Since the inception of this project, the ensemble has commissioned twelve major works from such composers as Donald Grantham, Pierre Jalbert, Rob Smith, Marcus Karl Maroney, and David Heuser. Their third recording on Albany Records includes a selection of superlative new works for percussion ensemble that surround the classic Ionisation by Edgard Varèse.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
The University of Houston Percussion Ensemble sticks to more traditional timbres involving keyboard percussion. Dancing with Snakes by Blake Wilkins includes vibraphones and marimbas as they chromatically wind up and down through registers. Push uses rolls and bows to create a warm, ethereal sound that turns mysterious. The second half of Stephen Gorbos's work is a drastic shift to a quick, but still light and tonal, syncopated rhythm. Percolatic Processes is filled with quirk. Notes are shifted and bent as marimbas dance below vibraphone chords. As with many works on the program, the explosiveness that is available to any percussion ensemble is traded in favor of nuance and timbre. David Crumb strikes a balance between the raw energy inherent in percussion ensembles and the timbral possibilities in Kinetikus. Mallet percussion swims through repeated whole-tone scales and syncopated chords while chimes and timpani supply force that envelopes the whirring and dreamy motion.



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Works Details

>Wilkins, Blake : Dancing with Snakes, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Ensemble: University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2010

>Taylor, Stephen A. : Everywhere Entangled, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Deane, Christopher : The Manes Scroll, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Running Time: 11 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Edgard Varèse (Conductor/Director) (1883 - 1965) : Ionisation
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Notes: Composition written: 1929-31.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1931

>Gorbos, Stephen : Push, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Written: 2010

>Goto, Yo [Arranger] : Invisibles Pass By, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Written: 2006

>Hartke, Stephen : Percolative Processes, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Crumb, David : Kinetikus, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Merritt, Justin : Sturm und Drang, for percussion ensemble
  • Conductor: Blake Wilkins
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010