This past year, a lot of us were soul-searching, unlearning and learning, and strengthening unheard voices. We were inspired to find some of the best composers we know and love – who represent various walks of life and cultures – and commission them to expand the marimba repertoire via the 2022 New Works Initiative.

Compositions: BRAND NEW marimba chamber music!

Our composers Joe W. Moore III (mallet duo), Christine Araoka (mallet trio), and Kristian De Leon (mallet quartet) are currently working hard to introduce their new pieces to the world!

We can’t tell you more about their new pieces yet, but part of the commission fun is in the mystery and spontaneity of the final product. What we can share is that we are huge fans of each composer’s unique compositional style!

About the composers

Joe W. Moore III: currently a faculty of the University of Monroe-Louisiana, he has written over a hundred works for percussion and other instruments! Joe was also one of our esteemed judges for this year's Online International Artist Competition and performed his original pieces during the Judges' Concert.
Christine Araoka: native SoCal pianist who is currently touring with Engelbert Humperdinck in the UK- she has recently been writing marimba pieces in jazz styles and complex chords that we don't often see in percussion. Here's a glimpse of the beautiful score for one of her unconventional etudes for marimba!
Kristian De Leon: currently based in NYC, he writes colorful works that explore the “in-betweens” in the world of contemporary classical music, including his recently premiered work, State of Alarm. The piece reflects upon the turmoil of the pandemic and his support for Black Lives Matter and other initiatives for marginalized communities. 

Consortium

Southern California Marimba will be performing the compositions during our world premiere concert in June 2022.

By joining the consortium (group of people and institutions that financially support a composer to write new music), you can be one of the first to perform their music too!

How do you join the consortium?

Make a contribution of ANY amount (Pay-What-You-Can) and you will receive a piece of your choice from the 2022 New Works Initiative!

Musicians should be paid for their art – ALL people need to be paid for their work and dedication to their craft. We want musicians not only to survive, but to thrive as they create art.

We encourage you to consider this when you join our consortium. Most consortiums ask around $50-100 per chamber work. For the 2022 New Work Initiative, those who contribute $150 and above will receive all 3 pieces!

We know that this is a lot to ask, especially for students. You are the future of our community, which is why we picked the pay-what-you-can model. If paying $50 for a piece is beyond your means, please contribute what feels right to you.

Please do not make multiple smaller payments in order to access all 3 pieces. The purpose of this model is to make this consortium more accessible to everyone while being fair to our composers!

What are the perks of joining and supporting the consortium?

1 year exclusivity: the music won't be available to the public until 2023. When you join our commission, you get access to the music immediately following the 2022 world premiere.
Perform with your favorite people: if you were waiting for the opportunity to play some great music with your talented friends, now is the time to join the consortium and get your chamber piece!
Shape the history of marimba music: the marimba is a fairly young instrument. By supporting new works and composers, you get to shape the repertoire and make sure that diverse voices are being included NOW.
See your name in the score: your name will be permanently included in the composer's score as a part of our consortium.

What do you think? Do you want to join us in making the marimba repertoire more diverse, more beautiful, and all-around more awesome?

Whether you contribute $5 or $500, your support is invaluable and goes towards sustaining the arts and musicians.

As always, thank you for your continued support of SCM and the marimba community!