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Composer: Alexej Gerassimez

Instrument: Percussion Quartet (body percussion)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Published: 2020

Price: €40.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 4-5 min.

      As a performing percussionist you work with a lot of different percussion instruments. I was looking for reduction and asked myself, what is possible without any instruments.  Just you and your body. This piece could be an answer.

      In the first part of Bodix, the players are discovering the soundscape of the body. The second part is an homage to the great and famous percussion group "Stomp", which I admire since my childhood.

      Alexej Gerassimez

  • Instrumentation +
    • 4 Percussionists (body percussion)

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  • About the composer +
    • His enthusiasm for music and rhythms, always searching for new sound effects, his feeling for structure – all these qualities led the young percussion soloist Alexej Gerassimez to begin to compose. His main aim is to enlarge the solo and chamber music repertoire for percussion. He has already published several works in collaboration with the publishing company “Edition Svitzer”.

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, October 2021)
      The compositional skill and performance prowess behind “Asventuras for Snare Drum” has come up with a creative and mature take on body percussion. In this 3½-minute piece, Alexej Gerassimez creates a narrative that showcases performers discovering sounds (hand rubs, wipes on arms, finger snaps, and body taps) that moves towards foot stomp/hand clap grooves that mimic the energy and excitement of the Broadway group STOMP.

      Gerassimez has done a great job of crafting together a body-percussion piece that sounds fresh and is void of repetitive and predictable phrases and cadences. While there are some of the grooves and musical feels one might expect from this type of a piece, Gerassimez has incorporated enough variance within the phrases (like triplets inside of an eighth-note groove, and fast thightap flourishes) to capture and maintain the interest level of even a seasoned percussionist. He has even mapped out stage directions that require, for example, the performers to spin 180 degrees during a phrase ending to enhance the performance experience. It will take theatreminded percussionists to showcase the depth and potential of this piece, but it will be well worth the
      —Joshua D. Smith
  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Engraving: CPH Engraving
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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