World Premieres Tour
June 23, 2022
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
$25 suggested donation
The Heartland Marimba Ensemble returns to Studio Z on their "World Premieres Tour," featuring premieres of nine works that have been composed for Heartland Marimba’s Composer LabFest, and the premiere of a new marimba quartet written by Co-Artistic Director Jenni Brandon for HM’s New Quartets Project Consortium. Don’t miss these six dynamic artists as they entertain you with their speed, expression, and magical sound across six different kinds of keyboard percussion instruments!
Heartland Marimba Artists – Ethan Strickland, Ryan Pearson, Jordan Nielsen, Sophia Lo, Nathaniel Holman, and Matthew Coley
CLF2021 Composers – Carla Bartlett, Martin Van Klompenberg, Ian Wiese, Alex Shapira, Evan Erickson, Jonathan Posthuma, Madelyn Byrne, and Arturo Fernandez
Running and Reflection by Madelyn Byrne
Rumbalón by Arturo Fernandez
Bixby Walks Alone by Martin J. Van Klompenberg
Two Selections from Paul Klee: Painted Songs by Jonathan Posthuma
No. 51.1 “Good Place for Fish” (Guter Fischplatz, 1922)
No. 51.2 “Sunken Island” (Versunkene Insel, 1923)
The Long White Limousine by Carla K. Bartlett
Mallet Quartet #1 - Nostalgia by Alex Shapira
Twenty Years On by Ian Wiese
Toy Box Suite by Evan Erickson
Additional Featured Quartets:
Badwater Basin by Jenni Brandon (world premiere)
Machinations II by Ian Wiese (live world premiere)
The Heartland Marimba Ensemble is one of two touring groups of the Heartland Marimba organization and constitutes a dynamic membership of accomplished performers from the US. HME performs a selection of diverse classical repertoire spanning many styles and genres. The music includes classical arrangements, jazz, tango, ragtime, Americana, pops, holiday favorites, modern, and circus! The organization is extremely beneficial to emerging artists as it gives them the chance to experience some intense creative work, in the real world, with several other high-caliber artists.
The six dynamic artists on this tour will entertain you with their speed, expression, and abilities to bring the music to life. They have graced stages in places outside of the country such as Denmark, Germany, Florence, and Rome, and within the country at various concert halls and music festivals. Our artists have competed in competitions such as the International Bamburg Marimba Competition, the Great Plains International Marimba Competition, and the Southern California International Marimba Competition. These musicians are not only passionate about performing but also about collaboration, community outreach, and promoting diversity through music. All have shared their love of music with younger musicians as they teach percussion in their local areas and give masterclasses to middle and high schools. The Heartland Marimba Ensemble is ecstatic to premier nine works that have been composed for Heartland Marimba’s Composer LabFest, and premier a new marimba quartet composed by Co-Artistic Director Jenni Brandon!