My hope is to present a recital next year. At this point, I've researched quite a bit of music and intend to showcase women composers in classical and jazz settings. Among the composers I'm seriously considering include Donna Bohm, She-e Wu, Eliane Elias, Mary Lou Williams, Jennifer Stasack, Emily Remler, Hideko Kawamoto, Kristin Kuster, and Maya Badian. There are many terrific composers and these are a few that have resonated with me. For now, I've limited my marimba repertoire to a 4.3-octave instrument as that is likely what I'll have the easiest access to use in the coming months. In the future, I hope to expand that accessibility to include works for 5-octave marimba.
I'm realizing that picking out music is both fun and challenging. Since this is my first endeavor back into public performance, I wanted to balance the program with works that are suitable for my particular strengths. I'm sure more will be apparent as I begin practicing in earnest. I'm forever aware of my tendonitis, and of having a busy work schedule. Thus, my choices reflect where I am at a given moment and what I feel will help me prepare a fun and enjoyable recital.
I've been working out of Pete Sweeney's 30-Day Drum Workout book. It's well-organized and I'm enjoying having a concrete exercise to attack each day. I continue to work out of the Mark Harrison Intro to Jazz Piano Book, Jerry Coker's Jazz Piano book, the Junior Hanon book for fingerings and scales, and an assortment of Real-Book tunes. For the vibraphone, I'm working out of the following:
Velocity Warm Ups: Charles Dowd
Patterns for Improvisation: Oliver Nelson
Voicing and Comping for Jazz Vibraphone: Thomas L. Davis
The Art of Vibraphone Playing: Buyer/Gottry
Mallet Chord Studies: Emil Richards
Method for Vibraphone: Russell Burge
I look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks. As always, thanks for reading and for your interest in this blog.
Until next time,