Pocket Grooves (2015) by Gene Koshinski
Recorded LIVE (un-edited)
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Performed by: Jefferson Campbell, bassoon and Gene Koshinski, percussion
Audio: Don Schraufnagel
Video: Bryden Gollhardt
GEAR: 10" Remo Choro Pandeiro
Pocket Grooves is designed with “small" in mind. The pieces are short and require small hand-held instruments for the percussionist while they also focus on simple harmony and simple melody. While these pieces present incredible challenges for the bassoonist, they are aesthetically light in nature and designed to celebrate three different traditional styles of music in the world (Joropo from Venezuela, Samai from the Middle East, and Choro from Brazil).
Pocket Grooves was written for bassoonist Jefferson Campbell to be premiered at the 2015 IDRS conference in Tokyo, Japan. It was a request for a companion piece to Get It!, another one of my works for bassoon and percussion. Campbell asked for the same compositional approach here - a challenging work for the bassoon that stems from the “popular" music idiom and is accessible to a wide range of audiences. The three movements in Pocket Grooves may be performed in any order and may be combined with Get It! to create a four-movement suite.
Score/Parts Available at C. Alan Publications: c-alanpublications.com/pocket-grooves