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Lotus

Composer: Adam Tan

Instrument: Marimba

Level: Advanced

Published: 2018

Price: €13.00


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  • Description +
    • Duration: 5 min.

      I love the lotus because while it is growing from mud, it is unstained.
      予獨愛蓮之出淤泥而不染。
      - Zhou Dunyi 周敦頤
      (1017-1073)

      The lotus flower (蓮, lián) is commonly seen in many Asian cultures. It is traditionally seen as a symbol of perfection, beauty and purity. Lotus root (藕, ǒu) is also a popular vegetable used in many Asian cuisines. My inspiration for Lotus comes mainly from the nature of the lotus flower. It is able to grow beautifully despite its muddy and undesirable origins. The flower is able to float over the surface of water and often lives for over a thousand years.

      In this work, I wanted to juxtapose the qualities of the lotus flower with identifiable human experiences. Lotus begins with a 'floating' theme of tranquility (a passing reference to Debussy's Arabesque No. 1) that is repeated and varied throughout the work. It is placedalongside a second theme that is more reflective and unstable. The structure of Lotus alternates between these themes, with the tranquility representing our moments of peace, and the instability representing our moments of hardship. The themes develop with increasing energy until Lotus concludes on a final moment of peace.

      Adam Tan

  • Instrumentation +
    • Marimba (4.3 octave)

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  • 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).

  • Reviews +
    • Review (Percussive Notes, June 2020)

      There are a few moments that stick out as transformative online marimba moments; for me, these moments include hearing Gifford Howarth, Pius Cheung, and Casey Cangelosi for the first time. They each broadened my perspectives on what the instrument could be, and when it comes to Adam Tan, those feelings arise again. With his unique style and business acumen, Tan has found a way to market himself and the marimba as a YouTube personality. This presence has allowed Tan to give a fresh voice to the marimba with four-mallet works like “Lotus” that reflect a certain neo-romantic sentiment, in this instance for 4.3 octave marimba.

      As the percussion community expands, access to instruments has not equitably expanded with it. This makes new interesting four-mallet worksfor the more limited 4.3-octave instrument pivotal for expanding the influence and reach of contemporary keyboard percussion music. With “Lotus,” Tan has crafted a whimsical work that at around five minutes is equally functional as a jury or recital piece. The technical demands are present, but the fluid tempo make crafting an attainable interpretation in reach for performers at various ability levels.

      “Lotus” is a simple yet mesmerizing work that with its sophisticated harmonies and approachable instrumentation I hope will be heard for many years to come!

      —Quintin Mallette

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Gaia Rodrigues
      Photo: Wilson Ng
      Engraving: Adam Tan & Johan Svitzer
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright ©Adam Tan