Posted By : Jeff Moore
Piece Title : Conga Tarang
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Smith, J. B. (1957-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

Dr. J. B. Smith is Professor of Music and the Coordinator of Percussion Studies in the School of Music at Arizona State University.  He is internationally recognized as a performer, composer, educator and conductor.

He directs the ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble and has performed with a variety of ensembles including The Desert`s Edge Clarinet-Percussion Duo with Dr. Robert Spring, Crossing 32nd Street, Ensemble 21, The Daniel Lentz Group, Summit Brass and The Phoenix Symphony. His CDs Apparitions for Percussion, First Reflections and At the Desert`s Edge are available from Percussion Solo 2011 and LIVE Chamber Music with Percussion are available from

As a clinician, he has appeared at multiple PASICs and over 100 colleges and universities in North America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Smith proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Adams Percussion, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Mike Balter Mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :3 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion / World Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : World Percussion Trio
Instrumentation : Conga (x6) / Cow Bell / Kick Bass Drum / Wood Block
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : the Caixa Trio
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 C Alan Publications
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Publisher :C. Alan Publications
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Publisher Details :

C. Alan Publications was founded in 1989 to fill a need for high-quality percussion literature.  Since that time, they have adhered to the highest standards of music integrity in the percussion music they publish.  In 1997, they added a line of concert band music to their catalogue, which continues to flourish.  More recently they added music for orchestra (youth, string and full), brass ensemble, chorus, jazz ensemble and chamber ensembles. 

In addition they are the sole distributor of 'Whole Sum Productions' percussion catalogue (WS).  Their music receives extensive exposure through performances on international concerts, clinics and conventions and is widely available on compact disc.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2003 /  2004
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :Various
Special Needs :3 congas are shared between players and the cowbell, bass drum, and wood block (jam block may be substituted) are to be played with a bass drum pedal.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

The use of tarang in the title is a distant reference to the multiple drum configurations employed by some North Indian tabla players. Tabla are inherently melodic when used in the usual pairs. When more are utilized, complex melodic activity can be created. In a similar ay, Conga Tarang takes advantage of the melodic potential of six congas.

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Posted By : Jeff Moore    Date Posted: 26 February 2009 03:54:00 AM
3 percussionists share 6 congas through canonic development of 3/4 melody.
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