Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Floes
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Composer / Arranger : Chan, Alan
Composer / Arranger Details:

Alan Chan is a multi-faceted composer with a goal to create innovative music that incorporates elements from across cultures and styles to bring a refreshing experience to audiences. His music has been recognized with honors and funding from ArtEZ (Netherlands), American Composers Forum (ACF), ASCAP, Percussive Arts Society, Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH) and Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LA Arts), among others.

In the jazz big band genre, he is the winner of the 2011 ArtEZ Jazz Composition Contest in Enschede, the Netherlands. He was a member of the prestigious BMI Jazz Compositions Workshop under legendary Jim McNeely from 2008 to 2011. His charts have been performed by the Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge band, Millennium Jazz Orchestra (Netherlands) and by college big bands in Miami, Redlands and Los Angeles. Coming from a classical background, he began composing for jazz big band under the mentorship of Gary Lindsay in Miami, then Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza and Shelly Berg in Los Angeles.

Highlights of his commission works include Rock-Paper-Scissors (LA Arts), Acala and Bitter Melon for Chinese instruments (Melody of China), Listen, Hold Your Breath (Gateway Christian Church), Victoria Dispensary (the Walden School) and B for Brazil and Sweet Bach (Lien Percussion Ensemble, Taiwan). His music was featured in Percussive Arts Society International Conference, National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference, International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, Musica Danubiana (Slovenia), June in Buffalo, Imagine Festival, and various academic conferences; and by performing organizations such as the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Firebird (Boston), Hexnut (Amsterdam), Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Taipei Percussion and Melody of China (San Francisco).

He has served as a judge at the 2010 PAS Composition Contest and 2011 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition. He held teaching positions at University of Southern California and University of Redlands. His percussion works are published by HoneyRock Publishing (honeyrock.net).

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Vibraphone Solo
Instrumentation : Vibraphone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 3-Octave Vibraphone
Written for / Commissioned by : Not a Commissioned Work
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 Alan Chan
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Publisher :Honeyrock Publishing
Publishers Website :www.honeyrock.net
Publisher Details :

An eclectic collection of percussion music - hundreds of titles - including solos, ensembles and percussion features with wind ensemble and/or orchestra accompaniment. These titles offer a unique and noteworthy sampling of percussion performance literature and pedagogical perspective. With regard to difficulty, our performance literature runs the gamut, from beginning level works accessible to younger players, to those works that will challenge the most adventuresome college level players and professional performers. From this outstanding collection of contemporary percussion literature - we hope and expect you will find something that will help you make a joyful noise.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2002 /  2004
Duration :10Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :Bow, Bending mallet
Sheet Music Available From :www.honeyrock.net      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

“Floes” was inspired by images of ice, yet the music itself is not static. The suspended harmonies and free flowing meter seem to depict water in a state of transition; freezing, melting, and “floeing.” Listening to the piece may evoke the image of a sheet of ice breaking loose from a glacier and slowly sliding into the freezing water of the Arctic Ocean. At another moment, one might think of droplets of water melting from a chain of icicles, forming a series of perfect rings in the water below, or a solitary block of ice dislodged from the gutter on the fringe of building, dropping silently through the air only to shatter into a thousand pieces on the sidewalk.  This piece was awarded second place in Percussive Arts Society competition in 2004.  ~ Matthew Thomas

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Posted By : JustinS    Date Posted: 31 August 2013 07:57:19 PM
The solo was performed well. This piece was indeed rhythmically and dynamically challenged but for me personally it did not create the vivid imagery as specified above. Nice harmonies and chords though.
Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 19 February 2009 01:04:00 PM
Second place winner in the 2004 PAS composition contest! A great exploration of the prolific sound qualities of the vibraphone, this work was inspired by the images of large ice "Floes" and the reflections of these giant ice statues on the surrounding waters. "Floes" reflects this imagery with rich harmonic language and timbre. This challenging piece requires four mallets as well as a bow, and makes use of many contemporary performance techniques.
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