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When Worlds Collide

for percussion ensemble
Level: Advanced
Duration: 20:00
Personnel: 12 players
Release Date: 2016
Product ID : TSPCE16-004
Price: $59.00
Item #: TSPCE16-004



Description

In When Worlds Collide, the title couldn’t be more fitting. The multifaceted Rick Dior creates a mash up of numerous cultures and musical styles. The result is a tour de force in three movements as follows.

  • Movement I:  Ethnic Jazz Minimalism (4:45)
  • Movement II: Afro-Brazil/European Bombast (5:20)
  • Movement III: Afro-Cuban/Rudimental Fusion (9:45)

If played in its entirety, the total duration of the piece lasts around 20 minutes. At its core, When Worlds Collide is a groove-base composition containing several aspects of the World Music genre. Improvisation also plays a large role throughout the piece which can be configured to feature one or more soloists. (It would also be a great vehicle for featuring guest artists!)

The parts in this composition vary in skill level from rather basic to quite advanced. It can be treated as a solo feature for a talented drumset player or as a feature for the director performing on vibraphone and drumset. There’s plenty of room to make it your own and tailor it to the strengths of your own group.

When Worlds Collide ships in a professionally bound folio with a full-color cover, including individual parts on CD-ROM.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone (1 or 2)
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • 3 marimbas—(2) 4-octave, (1) low C
  • 4 timpani
  • Drumset
  • Drums (concert snare drum, large marching bass drum, 2 congas, tenor drum or field drum with snares off, udu drum*, marching snare drum, bongos, surdo, small surdo, 14" concert tom, 2 djembes on a stand, darbuka, 32" or 36" bass drum with cymbals attached)
  • Cymbals & gongs (gong, 2 large suspended cymbals, 18" crash cymbals, 20" crash cymbals, mounted second hi-hat for drumset player, large China cymbal)
  • Accessories (3 pairs of claves, Brazilian tamborim, shekere, berimbau, large Brazilian triangle, concert triangle, 2 metal crashers, water phone or bowed cymbal, bass bow, small cowbell, medium shaker, agogo bells, medium metal shaker, high and low cowbell, foot clave or woodblock, wooden temple blocks, guiro, orchestral tambourine, slit drum with 6 pitches, 2 caxixi, djembe, 2 small caxixi, pandiero, paddle castanets, cuica)


*Optional

Shared Recordings

3rd movement of When Worlds Collide, performed at the PAS North Carolina Day of Percussion in April, 2003 by the UNCC Percussion Ensemble. Featured performers are Rick Dior (author), Michael Spiro (guest artist), Taylor Caton, Renae White, Dan Taylor, Patrick McGinty, Matt Curl, Justin Blackwood and Henry Davis. The video footage was taken by an audience member.

Reviews

Composer Rick Dior has done an extraordinary job bringing jazz and world music together. He states, “Created in the summer of 2004, for the University of North Carolina Charlotte Percussion Ensemble, this composition is my statement on the global merging of cultures that is continually occurring in the music and percussion world.”

The first movement, “Ethnic Jazz Minimalism,” blends traditional jazz and improvisation with a berimbau groove. If a berimbau is not available, substitute suggestions are made. The middle movement, “Afro-Brazil/European Bombast,” contains African bembe, Afro-Cuban nanigo, and Brazilian samba grooves. This movement is very fast and very loud (in a good way), and exposes players to a variety of styles, tempos, and grooves. The final movement, “Afro-Cuban/Rudimental Fusion,” delves deeply into Afro-Cuban playing and is a great opportunity for soloists on several instruments, which can be substituted if the instruments are not available. 

“When Worlds Collide” would be a great way to involve and introduce students to global percussion playing. Dior provides a well-written, incredibly authentic avenue for jazz, world music, and solo playing for any advanced group. This piece is a tour-de-force and is well suited for a guest drumset, rudimental, or world percussion artist, and would be a great finish to any concert, festival, or Day of Percussion event. 

—Joe Millea

Percussive Notes

Vol. 55, No. 2, May 2017

Description

In When Worlds Collide, the title couldn’t be more fitting. The multifaceted Rick Dior creates a mash up of numerous cultures and musical styles. The result is a tour de force in three movements as follows.

  • Movement I:  Ethnic Jazz Minimalism (4:45)
  • Movement II: Afro-Brazil/European Bombast (5:20)
  • Movement III: Afro-Cuban/Rudimental Fusion (9:45)

If played in its entirety, the total duration of the piece lasts around 20 minutes. At its core, When Worlds Collide is a groove-base composition containing several aspects of the World Music genre. Improvisation also plays a large role throughout the piece which can be configured to feature one or more soloists. (It would also be a great vehicle for featuring guest artists!)

The parts in this composition vary in skill level from rather basic to quite advanced. It can be treated as a solo feature for a talented drumset player or as a feature for the director performing on vibraphone and drumset. There’s plenty of room to make it your own and tailor it to the strengths of your own group.

When Worlds Collide ships in a professionally bound folio with a full-color cover, including individual parts on CD-ROM.

Instrumentation

  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone (1 or 2)
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • 3 marimbas—(2) 4-octave, (1) low C
  • 4 timpani
  • Drumset
  • Drums (concert snare drum, large marching bass drum, 2 congas, tenor drum or field drum with snares off, udu drum*, marching snare drum, bongos, surdo, small surdo, 14" concert tom, 2 djembes on a stand, darbuka, 32" or 36" bass drum with cymbals attached)
  • Cymbals & gongs (gong, 2 large suspended cymbals, 18" crash cymbals, 20" crash cymbals, mounted second hi-hat for drumset player, large China cymbal)
  • Accessories (3 pairs of claves, Brazilian tamborim, shekere, berimbau, large Brazilian triangle, concert triangle, 2 metal crashers, water phone or bowed cymbal, bass bow, small cowbell, medium shaker, agogo bells, medium metal shaker, high and low cowbell, foot clave or woodblock, wooden temple blocks, guiro, orchestral tambourine, slit drum with 6 pitches, 2 caxixi, djembe, 2 small caxixi, pandiero, paddle castanets, cuica)


*Optional

Shared Recordings

3rd movement of When Worlds Collide, performed at the PAS North Carolina Day of Percussion in April, 2003 by the UNCC Percussion Ensemble. Featured performers are Rick Dior (author), Michael Spiro (guest artist), Taylor Caton, Renae White, Dan Taylor, Patrick McGinty, Matt Curl, Justin Blackwood and Henry Davis. The video footage was taken by an audience member.

Reviews

Composer Rick Dior has done an extraordinary job bringing jazz and world music together. He states, “Created in the summer of 2004, for the University of North Carolina Charlotte Percussion Ensemble, this composition is my statement on the global merging of cultures that is continually occurring in the music and percussion world.”

The first movement, “Ethnic Jazz Minimalism,” blends traditional jazz and improvisation with a berimbau groove. If a berimbau is not available, substitute suggestions are made. The middle movement, “Afro-Brazil/European Bombast,” contains African bembe, Afro-Cuban nanigo, and Brazilian samba grooves. This movement is very fast and very loud (in a good way), and exposes players to a variety of styles, tempos, and grooves. The final movement, “Afro-Cuban/Rudimental Fusion,” delves deeply into Afro-Cuban playing and is a great opportunity for soloists on several instruments, which can be substituted if the instruments are not available. 

“When Worlds Collide” would be a great way to involve and introduce students to global percussion playing. Dior provides a well-written, incredibly authentic avenue for jazz, world music, and solo playing for any advanced group. This piece is a tour-de-force and is well suited for a guest drumset, rudimental, or world percussion artist, and would be a great finish to any concert, festival, or Day of Percussion event. 

—Joe Millea

Percussive Notes

Vol. 55, No. 2, May 2017



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