I'm beyond excited to announce that I will be presenting a showcase concert at PASIC 2015 in San Antonio. The concert will likely feature Bach's 5th Cello Suite, Ishii's important "Concertante", and a few more short works to be determined. The concert will feature line upon line percussion. This concert will also mark the debut of my new signature mallets from Innovative Percussion. Stay tuned for sepcific day and time and for regular updates to the program. Hope to see you in San Antonio!
Spots are still available for the 2015 Longhorn Marimba Intensive. Hosted by Thomas Burritt, sessions will cover many aspects of marimba performance. Attendees will perform in a keyboard ensemble, and perform several times for faculty and intensive participants. This years guest is marimba superstar Casey Cangelosi. Participants are expected to bring at least one solo ready to perform and are encouraged to bring their own practice marimba. Here is a concert schedule:
Concert 1: Sunday, June 7th: 7:00 pm: University of Texas Percussion Studio Graduate Students
Concert 2: Monday, June 8th: 7:00 pm: Thomas Burritt, solo marimba
Concert 3: Tuesday, June 9th: 7:00 pm: Casey Cangelosi, solo marimba/percussion
Concert 4: Wednesday, June 10th: 7:00 pm: Dr. Chris Lizak, solo marimba
Concert 5: Thursday, June 11th: 7:00 pm: Participants Concert
I've had the privilege to work with Conspirare many times over the years. Fresh off their recent Grammy win their most recent recording, Joby Talbot's "Path of Miracles", just hit stores and streaming services. Only playing sparingly in the 1st and 4th movements I had the thrill of being a part of this recording. I remember then being totally transfixed by this amazing work. I HIGHLY recommend that you find some great cans, sit in a quite dark room, and take this in in it's entirety. You'll be happy that you did...
Thrilled to play a little part in the fascinating premiere of Nico Muhly's "How Little You Are" spearheaded by my fearless colleague Kathy Panoff. Lead by an orchestra of 12 guitars comprised of the Texas, Dublin, and Los Angelels guitar quartets the work also features Conspirare, led by Craig Hella Johnson. Visit Texas Performing Arts for more information.
Had an amazing two days at Innovative Percussion designing early prototypes of a signature line of mallets. I've always admired IP quality and now that I've seen their whole operation and have gotten to know many of their long standing employees I'm even more excited to be a part of their team. Such a great combination of outstanding people and amazing products. Look for a "Thomas Burritt" set of marimba mallets later this year. Pictured (right to left) are Henry Go, (mallet genius/V. P. Operations) Chris Long, (CEO) Erik Johnson, and (marketing manager) Nick Phillips
On January 13th, 2015 Burritt will appear on Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America, hosted by Fred Child. Burritt will perform Bach's prelude to the 5th Cello Suite, which was a featured encore from a recent concerto appearance with the Dallas Wind Symphony. In Austin, the spot will air Tuesday, January 13th between 7:00 and 9:00 pm on KMFA - "Classically Austin". The show audio is also available on the Performance Today website beginning at 9 a.m. ET the day of broadcast and for a period of thirty (30) days following the initial show broadcast.
Each year at Hill Country Bible Church Austin I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to present a marimba special as part of the service. Many thanks to the great tech crew (Danny and Kyle specifically) for getting me these great camera angles, and to Majestic Percussion and Innovative Percussion. Happy Holidays all...
Conspirare’s signature holiday concert, featuring Craig Hella Johnson’s renowned collage-style programming that weaves diverse styles of music into a seamless whole. The 2014 featured artist is Austin-based blues and gospel singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster, returning after a hugely popular Conspirare Christmas appearance in 2013. With Tom Burritt on percussion. Click here for a list of shows and more information.
As part of "Professional Development Day" Burritt will participate in a panel discussion entitled: Panel/Presentation on teaching needs for the current/future student with Joseph Gramley and Casey Cangelosi. The panel begins at 4:45 in the Congress meeting room at the Westin Downtown Indianapolis Hotel right next to the convention center. Friday at 2:00 come visit the Majestic booth in the exhibit hall and say hello. Going to be at the convention? Be sure to follow @tburritt and #pasic2014 for live updates.
Looking for something interesting to do this weekend? Burritt will perform a new work by Graham Reynolds and a version (re-write) of Stravinsky's "Right of Spring" entitled the "Massacre of Spring" by Peter Stopschinsky. Concert is at the North Door Main Stage. Other performers include Chuck Fischer and Cullen Faulk (line up line percussion).
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Conspirare Company of Voices performs works set to poetry of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The program features Ode to Common Things (1995) by Cary Ratcliff, premiering a new version by the composer for four-hand piano, harp, guitar and two percussion performed by Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards. The program will also be recorded in Goshen, IN, for release on Harmonia Mundi. For more information visit Conspirare.org.
I am proud to announce a new partnership with Innovative Percussion, joining their family of signature artists. From their early beginnings in 1990, Innovative Percussion has been at the forefront of developing sticks and mallets for today's elite artists, performers, and educators. Their position in the industry has allowed them to constantly innovate and experiment resulting in high end top quality tools for almost any kind of percussionist. Visit their highly active twitter and facebook pages for regular updates.
I am super excited to partner with Majestic, a company who has been building some serious momentum with intelligently designed instruments, a cutting edge marketing and technology presence, and an attention to building inspirational instruments for the educational market.
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Burritt will appear as guest artist at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, Japan performing works by Maki Isshi Concertante, Steve Reich Drumming Pt. 1, Ivan Trevino Into the Air, and George Hamilton Green, Valse Brilliante. Other works on the program include Miki's Marimba Spiritual, and Lanksy's Threads. Visit the HPAC site for more information.
The Round Top Festival Orchestra percussion section after performing their showcase concert July 12th, at Festival Hill. Program included the American premiere of Thom Hasenpflug's "Smoke and Mirrors", Patrick Long's "Winter Nocturnes" and Steve Reich's "Mallet Quartet".
On Friday morning, June 13th Burritt will present a Master Class for the students participating in the 35th Summer Marimba Seminar in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. At 5:00 pm the same day Burritt will perform a solo recital at Trinity Episcopal Church in Asbury Park. Minimum $10 donation per person accepted at the door with all proceeds benefiting Trinity Episcopal Church.
The program will include:
Thomas Burritt Program
35th Annual Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar
June 13th, 5:00 PM
Four Dances for Marimba (2006-2007) by Gordon Stout
A Lullaby Dancing
Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011 by J.S. Bach
Song Book Vol. I (2011) by Ivan Trevino
Burritt will perform Pietà by John Muehleisen with Conspirare as part of their comPassion Festival. A contemporary oratorio the work explores hope and love as human responses to the tragedies and injustices we see every day. Performances are Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fredericksburg, TX and Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 pm at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Austin, TX. For tickets and more information click the source link above.