World's Percussion Show: 5,000 Musicians Gather

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More than 5000 people flocked to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, in November to share the sounds, especially in the sprawling Marimba One booth.

Rachel Zhang and Tim Palmer play marimba at PASIC

Rachel Zhang and Tim Palmer play marimba at PASIC

PASIC is great for "meeting all people from different parts of the world who share similar interests.” -- Artist Rachel Zhang

At the largest gathering of percussionists worldwide, marimbists from every continent shared music and exchanged impressions.

More than 5000 people flocked to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, in November to share the sounds, especially in the sprawling Marimba One booth.

Highlights included a 50-marimba orchestra to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Percussive Arts Society. A memorable performance—although somewhat cacophonous.

Back in Marimba One booth, Matthew Coley of the U.S. played a demonstration duet with Ronni Wenzell of Denmark of Tobias Broströms’ 2nd flight of the Bumblebee, which Johan Svitzer, publisher of 'Edition Svitzer' described as “terrific - it almost sounded like the piece was performed by one player.”

Another demonstration was given by Rachel Zhang of China, who played two different pieces with two different partners from two different countries: Laurent Warnier of Luxembourg and Tim Palmer of England.

But for Rachel, as good as the duets were, the favorite part of the experience was “meeting all the people from different parts of the world who share similar interests.”

Her words were echoed by most of the marimba players: how music builds bridges. They also pointed out that the marimba--a percussion instrument with a deep, warm sound--seems to particularly unite artists around the globe.

About Marimba One
Marimba One is the world's premier maker of concert marimbas. Located in the college town of Arcata, nestled in the Redwoods of California, the company makes custom marimbas, giving great attention to the sound that customers want on their instrument within their budget.
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(The next PASIC convention will be held in November 2012 in Austin, Texas. For more information, please go to PAS.org.)

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