Composer: Adam Tan
Instrument: Marimba Duo
Duration: 5 min.
Meet Again is a 5.0 octave marimba duo based around a simple, wistful melody that gets expands and contracts between two players to form a texture of unified marimba sound.
The title derives itself from the central theme of 'reunion'; the feeling of being with someone, distancing for a period of time before eventually returning back to that person and 'meeting again'.
This is reflected in the themes of Meet Again, which repeat, embellish themselves, before changing key in its final form to conclude with both players playing a single chord together.
The Chinese title of Meet Again is (Mandarin: zài jiàn, Cantonese: zoi gin), which is usually used in conversation to mean 'goodbye'. However, on its own means 'again', and on its own 'to meet'.
Marimba duo (5.0 octave)
About the composer +
Adam Tan is a percussionist from Perth, Western Australia. His favourite instrument is the marimba.
Adam is the host and producer of THE STUDIO, a YouTube show uploading weekly episodes about various topics of percussion, such as gear, technique and tutorials. Since its inception in 2016, THE STUDIO has grown to reach thousands of percussionists of all levels from around the world, receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Casey Cangelosi, Kai Stensgaard and Rob Knopper.
Adam currently holds a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Arts in Music with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia (UWA). He was awarded the Lady Callaway Medal for Music, Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL) Prize in Third-Year Performance, ROSL Postgraduate Scholarship, UWA Convocation Graduates Prize in Music, and the Australian Postgraduate Award.
Adam has performed and presented at many local and international events, including the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), PAS Hong Kong Day of Percussion, Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar, Australian Percussion Gathering, Canning World Arts Festival and State of the Art Festival.
Adam has been under the tutelage of Louise Devenish (UWA), Paul Tanner (UWA) and Tim White (WAAPA), and has been mentored by Mark Applebaum (USA), Kuniko Kato (Japan), Doug Perkins (USA), Su Yin Tan (Malaysia), and Nancy Zeltsman (USA).
Review (Percussive Notes, June 2020)
“Meet Again” is a beautiful, tonal marimba duo by the young Australian-Asian percussionist Adam Tan. It’s said that the marimba can be described as the “wood that sings,” and with Adam Tan there is certainly an expressive voice in his compositions to feature the marimba’s inherent lyrical quality. This 4-minute work from 2018 also makes full use of two 5-octave instruments, but most of the main melodies are within a 3.5-octave range with four mallets. The score and parts are very easy to read.
In the accompanying notes, “Meet Again” is described as reunion in that “the feeling of being with someone, distancing for a period of time eventually returning back to that person and ‘meeting again.’” There is a sentiment there very applicable to the time of this review, given the global pandemic, and Tan’s music is a refreshing reminder of a need I think we can all relate to—the need to return to where we once were as musicians, teachers, composers, and students of music.
The piece exquisitely blends its melodic and accompanying aspects equally between the two instruments. Rhythmically and tonally the piece is simple, staying in a few closely related keys with melodically sound phrases in recurring phrases of 3/8 for three measures followed by a measure of 5/8 in a “Beatle-esque” manner where your ear wouldn’t know unless you were looking at the score. Arranged in seven sections tempo-wise, this would be an ideal student or concert recital piece where two 5-octave marimbas are available.
—N. Scott Robinson
Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Rodrigues
Photo: Wilson Ng
Engraving: Adam Tan & Johan Svitzer
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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