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Published on May 9, 2013
"Stop Speaking for Solo Snare Drum and Digital Playback"
Composed by Andy Akiho
Performed by Ari Hajek
Commissioned by Tom Sherwood for the 2011 Modern Snare Drum Competition hosted by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
I'm proud to present my first YouTube video! Andy Akiho's "Stop Speaking for Solo Snare Drum and Digital Playback" has quickly become my favorite snare solo of all time. I challenged myself to find creative ways of enhancing the visual experience for the audience, and the result was a series of improvised robotic and rigid gestures which I feel greatly add to the overall effect of the piece. An iPad was used in lieu of the physical sheet music to eliminate the noise of page turns, and also to facilitate my ability to transform page turns into additional gestures.
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