Influenced in part by Viñao's "Khan Variations" and EDM music, First Atlantean Dance is a fun & challenging work for solo marimba & track that will have the audience on their feet dancing in the aisles.
Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) + Track | # of Players: 1 Level: Medium Difficult | Duration: 4:30
Instrumentation Marimba (5-octave)
Program Notes A long, long time ago I played a piece I wrote for Naoko Takada, who suggested I write something Egyptian sounding. Fast forward several years, I was hanging out with Chris Demetriou, from The Kraken Quartet, (who was shedding Viñao’s Khan Variations in his room,) and music educator Ian Cummings (who was listening to EDM while Chris was practicing). The combination of the two musical styles blew my mind, and inspired me to write a piece that uses both a foreign sounding mode and side-chained bass. My mother said that the piece sounded more "under water" than Egyptian, so it became an Atlantean Dance. The title also refers to my mentor, friend, and inspiration Gordon Stout's hit single (in the charts, with a bullet) "Two Mexican Dances."