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Marimba Madness

March 24th, 2019

Squires Recital Hall, 3:00pm

Featuring guest artist:

Britain Moore Duo

A studio recital showcasing students of Dr. Andy Harnsberger, and featuring the Britain Moore Duo: Marimba and Steel Pan.

Percussion Ensemble Concert

April 1st, 2019

Conn Center, 7:30pm

Featuring guest artist:

Mark Ford

Mark Ford is a marimba artist and the Coordinator of Percussion at The University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Texas.  As a Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society and the coordinator of one of the largest percussion programs in the United States at UNT, Ford is an active performer and composer.  Mark has been featured as a marimba soloist throughout the United States at universities, festivals and music conferences. He has performed internationally throughout Europe as well as in Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia and South America.  In addition to his duties at UNT, Ford is also the Artistic Director for the annual Drum Fest Marimba/Vibraphone Competition in Opole, Poland.

With over three decades of performing, teaching and composing to his credit, Mark’s recordings have established his dedication to excellence in music. Ford’s solo marimba CDs, Stealing a Moment, Motion Beyond and Polaris, have become standards in the percussion world.  His CDs have been described by PAS’ Percussive Notes as “beautiful, exceptional and virtuosic.”  Mark has also recorded numerous concertos with the UNT Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon.   These include two DVDs and a CD with Japanese virtuoso marimbist Keiko Abe as well as the latest 2017 Wind Symphony recording, Contact, which includes marimba/percussion concertos by Jennifer Higdon, Daniel McCarthy, Keiko Abe and Ford.

As a composer Mark Ford has written popular works for solo marimba and percussion ensemble including Marimba Heritage, Head Talk, Polaris, Kingdom Lore Fanfare, Stubernic, Afta-Stuba!, CABASA!, The Surface of Life and Coffee Break (co-composed with Ewelina Ford).  His Stubernic Fantasy Concerto has been recorded on 5 albums and performed on tour by the US Navy Band, the US Air Force Band and numerous university wind ensembles.  His compositions have been performed at universities and concert halls throughout the world and also featured on National Public Radio.  His most recent works include CABASA!, Moon Chasers for solo marimba, IE2 written for the Ju Percussion Group in Taiwan and Pivot Point for saxophone quartet, marimba and cajon.   

Ford is also the author of Marimba: Technique Through Music, a four-mallet marimba method book used by conservatories and schools of music around the world.   His new book for marimba, #MarimbaBaby (published by Musicon Publications) was released in the summer of 2018 and is already a best seller.

Ford has been recognized as a leading percussion educator, and his former students perform and teach throughout the country.  Under his direction the UNT Percussion Ensemble has toured in Poland, Croatia, France and Belgium and also won the PAS International Percussion Ensemble Competition.  Mark Ford proudly represents Dynasty, Bergerault, Zildjian, Evans Drum Heads, Meinl Percussion and Innovative Percussion Inc. as performing artist and clinician.

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Special Guest Artists
Augusto Moralez and Javier Nandayapa Velasco

April 28th, 2019

Squires Recital Hall, 3:00pm

Augusto Moralez

Augusto Moralez was named Chair of the Percussion Department at the Federal University of Alagoas/Brazil in fall 2013 where he teaches percussion with emphasis on percussion keyboards. He did a specialization in percussion keyboards at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg / France with the renowned Emmanuel Séjourné, where he received his diploma with the highest honors (Très bien à l'unanimité avec les félicitations du jury). He has been highly honored with national and international prizes, as the APCA Award, Proac Award, Carlos Gomes Award, Tim Award and Bravo Award in Brazil, besides the Ady Mootz Award at the 2009 International Percussion Competition at Luxembourg. Part of his musical activities can be seen in more than 11 CDs and DVDs. He received his bachelor's degree at the University of São Paulo, master's degree at the University of Goiás and finishing his PhD at the University of Campinas, all in Brazil.

He has commissioned and premiered more than 30 new works for different arrangments involving the vibraphone. This repertoire has been presented in several important theaters in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Colômbia, México, Spain, France, Italy and Luxembourg. Part of this repertoire was recorded on CD, called Ameriphone, awarded by the Premio PROAC from the City of São Paulo government.

Augusto Moralez has been frequently invited to give clinics and concerts in major percussion festivals in Latin-America, such as: 3º, 4º and 6º Tatuí International Percussion Festival /Brazil, X International Marimba Festival/Mexico, 6º and 13º Festival Internacional de Percusión - General Roca/Argentina, 9º Festival Tamborimba - Cali/ Colômbia, 5º Festival de Percussão 2 de Julho -Salvador/Brazil , 1º PercuSE - Aracajú/Brazil, 2º Encontro Percussivo UFPE - Recife/Brazil, Festival Ritmos da Terra - Campinas/Brazil, 6º Latin American Percussion Festival – Uberlândia/Brazil.

He has played regularly in all principals national orchestras and symphonic bands as: Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica de São Paulo, Coro Sinfônico da Osesp, Orquestra Sinfônica da Usp, Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Cláudio Santoro - Brasília, Orquestra Sinfônica de Santos, Orquestra Sinfônica de São Caetano de Sul, Orquestra Sinfônica de São José dos Campos, Banda Sinfônica de Cubatão and Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba such as the Orchestre d’Rhinwagges and Orchestre Filarmonie de Strasbourg in France. With de Orquestra Acadêmica, conducted by the legendary Kurt Mazur, he recorded a CD that won the Carlos Gomes Award and the Tim Award.

He also played regularly in important national chamber music ensembles, such as: Camerata Aberta, Ensemble Percorso, Materiales, Ensemble Lami, Ensemble BrassUka. His recordings with the Ensemble Musica Nova and the Baqte Ensemble are both winners of the Bravo Music Award.

He played in several Broadway musical theater shows in Brazil, such as The Lion King, Evita, Jekyll and Hyde and many others.

He has a guitar and vibraphone project called Duo Massayó, which plays music based on traditional Brazilian music and also is the director of the PercUfal Percusion Ensemble. 

Javier Nandayapa

Javier Nandayapa started his musical career in 1989 with the famous Marimba Nandayapa ensemble. As a soloist, he started his activities in 1995, since then, he had performed at a large number of Festivals, universities, forums and has traveled 41 countries of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, United States, and the American continent.

He has appeared as a marimba soloist of the following orchestras:
Orkiestra Kameralna PROGRESS (Poland); Lithuanian State chamber orchestra, VilniusLithuania, Trimitas wind symphony (Lithuania); Asuncion city Symphony Orchestra, (Paraguay); San Martin Symphony Orchestra, National Police Symphonic Band, Patagonia´s Foundation Chamber Orchestra and “Instrumentalia” Chamber Orchestra of Rosario, (Argentina);  National Symphony Orchestra, Queretaro Symphony Orchestra, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, IPN Symphony Orchestra and Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra (Mexico).

Javier is director and founder of diverse instrumental ensembles, like: “Javier Nandayapa Trio” (Marimba, Piano & Percussion), “Trio Zur” (Marimba, Accordion & Percussion) & “Javier Nandayapa Fussion Three” (Marimba, Electric Bass & Percussion).
“Javier Nandayapa Trio” has performed in several international festivals in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, United Sates, Germany, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and The United Arab Emirates. In 2006 they performed at The International Cervantine Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico. “Trio Zur” have performed in several venues in Mexico, Guatemala & United Sates.

In 1999 he published, with the percussionist Israel Moreno, “Método didáctico para marimba mexicana” (“Didactic method for Mexican marimba”), the first work of its kind in Mexico.

As a soloist he has recorded ten CD’s “JAVIER NANDAYAPA TRIO III” (2002); “PIAZZOLLA” (2003); “RETRATOS SONOROS” (Sound Portraits) (2004); TRIO ZUR/ “Fire dance” (2006); “LA ESPALDA DEL PANGOLIN” (The Pangolin Back’s) Suite for solo marimba (2006); “CHIAPARIMBA” & GREEN RIVER” Mexican contemporary marimba Volume I & II (2008); “RETROSPECTIVE” (2009), celebrating 20th Anniversary Career; “Agave Invention” Harp & marimba duet (2014) & “THREE LATIN-AMERICAN MARIMBA CONCERTOS” (2017).

He was awarded the State of Mexico Arts and Culture Fund grant in 1999 and 2009 and the National Arts and Culture Fund (FONCA) grant in 1995, 1997, 2001 & 2007. In 2012, he obtained the “FONCA Scenic Artists with career” 2012-14 grant, with a project that includes more than 60 concerts in Mexico and abroad, and three CD recordings with Symphony Orchestra and chamber music. This year he obtained the “Ibermusicas” 2015 grant, with a project of several Latin American concert tours in 8 countries.

Javier Nandayapa is sponsored by Marimba One, Innovative Percussion Inc. & Aluphone.

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