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Composer: Adam Tan

Instrument: Marimba (5.0 Octave)

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Published: 2023

Price: €16.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 4½ min.

      is the first 5.0 octave advanced solo I've written since Skyward (2019). It is a representation of the feeling of receiving a person's honest and warm support in difficult times, giving you the strength and determination to move forward in the face of adversity.

      I wrote Honest for my partner Machi Ishida, who is a world-class solo marimbist based in Hiroshima, Japan. Machi's unwavering warm support of me and genuine nature made it easy for me to construct Honest, which references themes from popular music that represent both of our personalities - nostalgic Japanese music (there are alludes to Kenshi Yonezu's Lemon, Gen Hoshino Comedy, Ikimonogakari's Arigatou and Joe Hisashi's One Summer's Day in the melodic writing) and familiar Chinese pop (references to Mayday's Suddenly Missing You + Breakthrough Day, Eason Chan's King of Karaoke, Jay Chou Blue and White Porcelain + Simple Love).

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba 5.0 Octave

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    • Performance by Adam Tan

  • About the composer +
    • Adam Tan is a marimba soloist, educator and composer based in Perth, Western Australia. Adam is most known for being a YouTube content creator on THE STUDIO, a self-produced YouTube show uploading weekly episodes for education and entertainment relating to percussion. 

      Adam has performed and presented in-person in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and the United States, and has also presented online classes in Argentina, Central America and the United Kingdom. Highlights include solo performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), inc. percussion days (Japan), PAS Hong Kong Days of Percussion and Oh! Asian Percussionists Series (Hong Kong), Malaysia Percussion Festival, Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar (USA), Australian Percussion Gathering and masterclass presentations at the 505A Percussion Gathering (Hong Kong), MalletLab Summer Intensive (USA), WA Day of Percussion (Australia) and various universities and schools across Taiwan. 

      As a composer, Adam's works for percussion are performed regularly as they appear in repertoire lists for auditions, examinations and competitions around the world, such as the UIL Texas Prescribed Music List (PML). Adam’s works can be listened to on all music streaming platforms and stores. 

      Adam is the founder and director of Marimbafest Australia, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of percussive arts in Australia, curating various events including the annual marimba festival and competition Marimbafest, as well as the annual concert series Percussion All-Stars

      Adam has a Master of Music (Research, Percussion) and Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) from the University of Western Australia Conservatorium of Music. 

      Adam is a Marimba One Premier Artist and a Signature Artist of Encore Mallets with his own signature series of mallets. Adam's compositions are published by Edition Svitzer.

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Adam Tan
      Photo: Joey Eng
      Copyright ©Adam Tan