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Composer: Adam Tan

Instrument: Marimba (4.3 Octave)

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2022

Price: €16.00

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  • Description +
    • Duration: 3½ min.

      Together was commissioned by Marimbafest Australia for the Marimbafest 2022 solo marimba and percussion ensemble competition in July 2022. It was the 2022 Compulsory Work that was performed by all A CLASS participants who made it to the finals of the competition.

      Together was written with the purpose of this edition of Marimbafest, where participants joined both in-person and online to come together for the common purpose of making music, learning new things and making new friends from around the world. With the 2022 edition welcoming participants from all over Australia, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States, the Marimbafest family continues to grow and represent percussionists coming together to share their music.

      Together is similar to Hope, in that the melodic material is simple and accompaniment kept light for most of the work, except for the final octave section. To serve its purpose as a compulsory work and reinforce the idea of many marimba influences coming 'together', Together uses many advanced marimba techniques that appear at different sections, including one-handed rolls, arpeggiation, octaves with large distances and even a crosshanded roll at the very end.

      Despite these techniques, Together still makes for a simple and spacious canvas for the performer to showcase their voicing and phrasing abilities, and can be interpreted in a number of ways to make it truly personal.

      Adam Tan

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba 4.3 octave

  • 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: Hudson Hintze
      Engraving: Adam Tan & Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright ©Adam Tan