North South East West

for percussion quartet

Each percussionist has an almost identical set-up, consisting of the following instruments:

  1. at least one nipple gong or tam-tam;

  2. a concert bass drum;

  3. five drums of different pitches (tom-toms, bongos, congas, other pitched drums);

  4. four wood sounds; and

  5. at least three, but preferably 9-12 ringing metal sounds (crotales, bells, glockenspiel).

  1. NSEW received its premiere in New York, NY at the Players Theater, January 13, 2010.

  1. NESW was a winner in the Nief-Norf Summer Festival’s Call for Scores. 

  1. NSEW has also been played by the UB Percussion Group at SUNY Buffalo.

  1. Duration: 15 minutes

About the piece:

North South East West is scored for four percussionists in four corners.  They may be in the four corners of the hall, surrounding the audience, or they may be in four corners of a stage.

The piece features recognizable patterns passed around the ensemble in different directions and at different speeds; the effect is visceral.

North South East West was commissioned by the Ethos Percussion Group with a grant from the Jerome Foundation.

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