guatemalan marimba

here is a 5.6 non-chromatic guatemalan marimba.

has anyone here ever played one like this. i’m curious what it sounds like with a wood i have never even heard of (hormigo) and wooden resonators. stuff keeps popping up on ebay like this and i am wondering that since the rest of us “learned” from the guatemalan traditions through people like vida and leigh… have they learned from the innovations that america, europe, and japan have produced since… when it comes to making, much less playing marimba. any thoughts…

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First Keiko Abe International Marimba Academy 2007

First edition: March 2-11, 2007- BELGIUM
Guest lecturer & artistic director: Ludwig Albert
Coordinator Chin-Cheng Lin

It is almost impossible to describe the unique qualities of this incredible artist in such short space.
She belongs to the absolute top tier of modern marimba music, both as a performer and composer,
and has almost single-handedly developed the marimba into a consummate concert instrument.
Keiko Abe has reached her position as a world class musician thanks to a rare combination
of passionate artistry and virtuosic technique. She commands an overwhelming repertoire, and
appears regularly throughout the world in performances of solo concertos, chamber music, and
improvisations at international festivals. As Professor of Music at the Toho Gakuan School of Music,
Tokyo and at Soai College, she is also in demand as a guest lecturer and teacher. She has given
more than 90 master-classes in the leading music conservatories in North America, Central
America, Europe and Asia since 1977. In addition, she has recorded extensively releasing more
than 30 LP and CD recordings since 1962 on the Columbia, Denon, Wergo, Bis, Forte and Xebec
record labels. She has performed the world premiere of over 180 marimba compositions and has
received numerous awards, including induction into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in
1993. Keiko Abe

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Top 10 Favorite Marimba Pieces

Hi Everyone –

I agree with Chris that this board has been dead for the last couple of weeks. Lets see if we can get back into the swing of things.

Everyone please list your top 10 favorite marimba pieces. Its cool if you only feel like listing 5 instead of 10 solos. Hopefully this will lead to some great discussions and exposure to great marimba repertoire.

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Marimba Pieces as of 10/03.

1. Mirage – Seuyoshi
2. Reflections on the Nature of Water – Druckman
3. Convergence I – Taira
4. After Syrinx II – Bennett
5. Etudes for Marimba, Book 1 – Stout
6. Preludes 1-3 for Marimba – Helble
7. Time for Marimba – Miki
8. Merlin for Marimba – Thomas
9. Velocities – Schwantner
10. Autumn Island – Reynolds

*Runner up – Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs by Keiko Abe *

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