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Sohmon III - New and Unknown Percussion Works by Minoru Miki

by Texas A&M University-Commerce Percussion Ensemble

This CD contains previously unknown and unrecorded Minoru Miki compositions. These are the compositions that were given their American premier at the 2006 PASIC in Austin, TX. Chamber percussion ensemble pieces such as Kincho Diako, Marim Dan-Dan, Dotoh, and Yoshitsune Diako are balanced by the large ensemble Z Conversion, the intricate marimba quintet Cassiopeia Marimbana as well as the stunning title track Sohmon III for Soprano, Piano and Marimba.
Genre: Classical: Percussion Ensemble
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1. Marim Dan-Dan (featuring Dr. Brian Zator - Marimba)
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3:01 $0.99
2. Sohmon III (featuring Jessica McCormack - Soprano; Nathan Ratliff - Piano; Dr. Brian Zator - Marimba)
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17:20 $0.99
3. Yoshitsune Daiko
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3:39 $0.99
4. Kincho Daiko (featuring Stan Richardson - Shakuhachi)
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3:19 $0.99
5. Cassiopeia Marimbana
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14:04 $0.99
6. Dotoh - (featuring Kyle Treadwell and Alan Gray)
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5:03 $0.99
7. Z Conversion
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10:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
While studying with Keiko Abe in Japan between 1998-1999, I met and talked with Minoru Miki about "Time for Marimba" and "Marimba spiritual", two of his most popular percussion works. Through the years and constant communication, I learned about other percussion works Miki had composed. Between the summer of 2005 and fall of 2006, Miki gave me permission to engrave his unpublished percussion pieces and distribute them through Go Fish Music. These efforts culminated in a showcase concert, entitled "New and unknown Percussion Works by Minoru Miki", at the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International convention. Miki and his wife traveled to Texas to work with the A&M-Commerce ensemble and attend the convention as our special guest. It has been a privilege and honor to work with this great composer and wonderful man, Minoru Miki.

(Notes By Dr. Brian Zator)

“This CD is cleanly produced and should serve as an enduring audio reference to an extraordinarily-gifted composer, Minoru Miki. Zator is to be highly commended for his masterful musicianship demonstrated both through his marimba performance and his ensemble conducting on this recording.”

Dr. James Lambert, Percussive Notes: October 2008


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Editors Pick
Fans of Minoru Miki, or simply of percussion ensembles in general, will adore this collection of previously unknown and unrecorded works by the gifted composer that vary in instrumentation from marimba quintet to pieces for piano, marimba, and soprano voice. You will notice in each composition, and across the album as s whole, great tonal shifts, from plaintive to unsettling, from meditative to jaunty, from swung and jazzy to straight 8ths that drive the music with focused intensity. If you’re looking for a change from the usual chamber repertoire, start here.