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outloud: FSU Percussion Ensemble promo

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Published on Nov 28, 2007

At some point or other, most of us have found ourselves banging on our desks at school, or on pots and pans raided from the kitchen, or on our steering wheels on the way to work. Dr. John Parks IV and his students in the FSU Percussion Ensemble have taken that primal urge and turned it into a living, eventually ending up at Carnegie Hall! This episode was recorded in April of 2007 as a warm up to their national tour, which culminated in the FSU in NYC performance at the legendary New York City concert hall. FSU in NYC features the best Florida State University has to offer in music and film- two programs in which FSU holds an annual top ten ranking.

The pieces featured might technically be called classical, but this is not a stuffy chamber orchestra. These guys came into the studio with an impressive array of instruments- everything from household objects like bowls to woodblocks, gongs, chimes, and drums of all sizes and levels of loudness. Two xylophone type instruments, the marimba (wooden keys) and vibraphone (metal keys), provide a smoother sound to compliment the more raucous instruments.

This promo features some music from Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki. While played on Western instruments, the piece is influenced by Japanese taiko drumming.

John Parks IV- marimba, vibraphone
Anthony Cananzi- marimba, cajón, percussion
Omar Carmenates- percussion
Chris Jones- marimba, percussion
Joel Boss- Interviewed but did not play

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