2014 has been very busy and exciting for Escape Ten! Our most recent project was a performance as guest artists at the Virginia Music Educators Association convention in Norfolk, VA in November. We had the privilege to work with the very talented Grafton High School Wind Ensemble, directed by Darren Kirsch. At VMEA, we premiered our most recent commission, a wind ensemble arrangment of Emmanuel Sejourne's Double Concerto for marimba and vibraphone (3rd Mvt.). This was such a fun experience for us, especially because we were able to work with old students and colleagues from Grafton. We hope to finish the commission for the remaining movements in the coming year.
Our new album, Colours of a Groove, was released in September. It consists of new and commissioned works for marimba duo, including compositions by Ivan Trevino, Alejandro Vinao, Steve Danyew, Stephen Ridley, and Christopher Cook. You can find the digital album on itunes, amazon, and CDBaby, as well as hard copies directly from Escape Ten and www.MostlyMarimba.com.
Our first summer endeavor was performing at the International Trombone Festival in Rochester, NY with bass trombonist Justin Clark of the Berne Symphony in Switzerland. It was a wonderful experience and we really enjoyed working with Justin - he's an amazing musician and a great person.
Following the trombone festival, we headed on our 2014 summer tour which started in New York and headed through New Jersey and Virginia. The tour was very successful and enabled us to see many old friends and students along the way! The tour included performing at the 35th Annual Leigh Howard Stevens Marimba Seminar in Asbury Park, NJ. As Rutgers alumni, it was great to be back in our own stomping grounds for a few days - including New Brunswick (you know we had to eat at Stuff Yer Face!) and the Malletech factory. Since we both used to live in the Newport News, Virginia area, it was great to see old students and friends. (Shout-out to Grafton High School!)
In addition to performing, we have done several recording projects. One included working with composer Drew Worden on a piece he wrote for us, A One-Way Ticket. Drew has a very artistic and musical vision and it was great to workshop the piece with him and make it come to life! We were also able to work out the piece so that we can play on one set-up of drums. If spending weeks at a time in a car together wasn't enough, now we get to share instruments, too!
Escape Ten 2014 Summer Tour!Featuring "Chorale Variations" by Steve Danyew, "Meteor" by Stephen Ridley, "A One Way Ticket" by Drew Worden, "Octabones" by Adi Morag, "2 + 1" by Ivan Trevino, and many more.
Escape 10 Recording Session!
Escape 10 is proud to announce their 2013 recording session! In preparation for their first CD release, Escape 10 is beginning their first recording session at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. This session will include works from the following composers:
Ivan Trevino is founding member of the cello rock band, Break of Reality, a band that has reached widespread audiences throughout the United States. As a composer of percussion music, Ivan has received multiple awards and commissions, including 1st Prize (2011) and 2nd Prize (2007) in the Percussive Arts Society's International Composition Contest. His indie-rock influence is evident in his compositions, which are regularly performed by collegiate and professional musicians around the world.
Steve Danyew's music has been hailed as "startlingly beautiful" and "undeniably well crafted and communicative" by the Miami Herald, and has been praised as possessing "sensitivity, skill and tremendous sophistication" by the Kansas City Independent. He is the recipient of numerous awards including prizes from BMI, ASCAP, and CBDNA, to name a few. Steve received a B.M. cum laude, Pi Kappa Lambda from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and holds an M.M. in Composition and Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music.
A Phoenix native, Drew is a master's student at the Eastman School of Music pursuing a degree in Percussion Performance & Literature and a Certificate in Arts Leadership. Passionate for new music and percussion education, he is active as a performer, teacher, and composer. In addition to his works for various percussion and mixed ensembles, his work for audience participation thirteen is featured on Erasable Color's debut CD of the same name. Currently, Drew serves as an Artistic Director for the Sound ExChange Project and as a board member for Ossia New Music Ensemble.
Stephen Ridley is a composer and orchestrator based in Los Angeles. His music features niche percussion instruments and electronics, blended with the traditional orchestra. Stephen has written music for productions on the ABC and HBO television networks in the US, as well as for short and feature films. His concert works for percussion have enjoyed many performances, both domestic and international. Stephen received his Masters in Music Composition from UCLA, where he studied with Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland and the late, great Jerry Goldsmith.
Christopher Cook received the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University where he served as assistant director of the Center for Electronic and Computer Music. Currently, he is the Director of Music Theory and Composition at Christopher Newport University. Escape Ten will record his marimba duo, "Abandoned Roadside Chorale", composed in 2012 for Escape Ten.