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UFO Tofu (Fleck)

arranged for percussion ensemble and rhythm section by Tom Gierke
Level: Advanced
Duration: 3:10
Personnel: 9 players
Release Date: 2008
Product ID : TSPCE-19
Price: $45.00
Item #: TSPCE-19

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All sounds used in this recording (except tablas and reverse cymbals) were generated from Virtual Drumline software also by Tapspace.


Description

UFO Tofu is a popular Béla Fleck tune adapted for modern percussion ensemble. At the bright tempo of 225 beats per minute, the piece has an upbeat, cut-time feel that weaves in and out of some advanced meter changes. Many of the mallet orchestrations will require a solid grasp of four-mallet independence concepts.

Tom Gierke's arrangement first premiered at the DCI Individual & Ensemble Competition by the Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion Ensemble. The exuberance of the piece naturally gives it audience appeal and would be a perfect encore piece at the end of a concert.

It comes with a full, bound score and includes all individual parts available for printing on the included CD-ROM.

Note: Due to licensing limitations, this piece is only available in the USA and Canada.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • 2 vibraphones
  • 3 marimbas—(2) low A, (1) low E
  • 5 timpani
  • Drumset (with optional electronic trigger pads)
  • Drums (djembe, bongos)
  • Accessories (triangle, windchimes, finger cymbal)

Reviews

This percussion nonet is scored for xylophone/glock, two vibraphones, four marimbas, timpani, and drumset.  It is a difficult arrangement from a 1992 recording by jazz-fusion composer Béla Fleck.  Starting with a quarter-note tempo (in 7/4) of 225+ bpm, the eighth-note figures (D-major tonality) in the keyboard percussion (vibraphone and marimba 1) are incredibly fast. The opening introductory passage gives way to several mixed meters (e.g., 2/2, 5/2, 6/8) – providing an almost Frank Zappa style of jazz-fusion in which the keyboard percussionists carry 90 percent of the effort.

In his prefatory remarks, the arranger states that this arrangement reflects Fleck and his Flecktones “marriage of bluegrass and funky fusion jazz.” If that is the style of music that a percussion ensemble is desiring, this arrangement fits the bill.  An enclosed CD permits the purchaser of this arrangement to print the individual parts.  This 3:15-minute arrangement is suitable only for a very mature college percussion ensemble.

–Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 47, No. 2, April 2009

Description

UFO Tofu is a popular Béla Fleck tune adapted for modern percussion ensemble. At the bright tempo of 225 beats per minute, the piece has an upbeat, cut-time feel that weaves in and out of some advanced meter changes. Many of the mallet orchestrations will require a solid grasp of four-mallet independence concepts.

Tom Gierke's arrangement first premiered at the DCI Individual & Ensemble Competition by the Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion Ensemble. The exuberance of the piece naturally gives it audience appeal and would be a perfect encore piece at the end of a concert.

It comes with a full, bound score and includes all individual parts available for printing on the included CD-ROM.

Note: Due to licensing limitations, this piece is only available in the USA and Canada.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • 2 vibraphones
  • 3 marimbas—(2) low A, (1) low E
  • 5 timpani
  • Drumset (with optional electronic trigger pads)
  • Drums (djembe, bongos)
  • Accessories (triangle, windchimes, finger cymbal)

Reviews

This percussion nonet is scored for xylophone/glock, two vibraphones, four marimbas, timpani, and drumset.  It is a difficult arrangement from a 1992 recording by jazz-fusion composer Béla Fleck.  Starting with a quarter-note tempo (in 7/4) of 225+ bpm, the eighth-note figures (D-major tonality) in the keyboard percussion (vibraphone and marimba 1) are incredibly fast. The opening introductory passage gives way to several mixed meters (e.g., 2/2, 5/2, 6/8) – providing an almost Frank Zappa style of jazz-fusion in which the keyboard percussionists carry 90 percent of the effort.

In his prefatory remarks, the arranger states that this arrangement reflects Fleck and his Flecktones “marriage of bluegrass and funky fusion jazz.” If that is the style of music that a percussion ensemble is desiring, this arrangement fits the bill.  An enclosed CD permits the purchaser of this arrangement to print the individual parts.  This 3:15-minute arrangement is suitable only for a very mature college percussion ensemble.

–Jim Lambert
Percussive Notes 
Vol. 47, No. 2, April 2009



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