Posted By : peterjarvis
Piece Title : Bonk
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Composer / Arranger : MacDonald, Payton
Composer / Arranger Details: Payton MacDonald is a composer and percussionist. He is a founding member of Alarm Will Sound, a new-music group based in New York City. Alarm Will Sound is currently regarded as one of the foremost new music ensembles in the country and has recorded three discs, on the Nonesuch and Cantaloupe labels. The New York Times wrote that they are “the future of classical music.” With Alarm Will Sound MacDonald has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and toured internationally. He recently performed his own percussion concerto at Carnegie Hall with Alarm Will Sound. The New York Times described him as an "energetic soloist."
MacDonald also performs his own music as a marimba soloist with Super Marimba. With Super Marimba MacDonald uses looping machines and delay pedals to augment the acoustic marimba sound. His first recording received excellent reviews. He has also appeared as a soloist in England and Croatia, performed with Present Music, and toured Japan with Keiko Abe and the Galaxy percussion group.
He has received grants from American Music Center, American Institute of Indian Studies, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and Ragdale. He also received the Barbara S. Butler composition award. Numerous ensembles have performed his music in the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Europe, including Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Quintet Mont Royal, and tabla soloist Shawn Mativetsky.
MacDonald studied music at the University of Michigan and at the Eastman School of Music. His composition teachers include Robert Morris, Sydney Hodkinson, and Augusta Read Thomas. His percussion teachers include Michael Udow and John Beck. Further music education includes 10 years of tabla study with Bob Becker and Pandit Sharda Sahai.
MacDonald is a disciple of Mr. Sahai. MacDonald is an artist-endorser for Percussion Construction and he teaches music at William Paterson University.
Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Drumset Percussion
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Instrumentation : Drum Kit
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Written for / Commissioned by : Composed for Peter Jarvis commissioned by Calabrese Brothers Music
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Publisher :Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC
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Publisher Details : Publishes contemporary composers
Year Composed / Copyright Date :2009 / 
Duration :5Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :6
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :A bonk is a state of extreme exhaustion mainly caused by the depletion of glycogen in the muscles. When an athlete bonks he or she shuts down, both physically and mentally. In the outer sections of Bonk the performer is instructed to play as fast as possible and hold that speed until his or her hands fatigue and cramp—reaching a kind of localized bonk—then move on to the next measure. Thus, physical fatigue determines phrase length, a kind of hyper intense “breath” of the body. The inner section of Bonk presents contrasting material, soft and fluttery phrases played with brushes. The rhythms of that section will be familiar to connoisseurs of percussion music. Bonk is dedicated to and was written for my friend and colleague Peter Jarvis and was commissioned by Helmut Calabrese through his publishing company Calabrese Brothers Music. – Payton MacDonald

Bonk is included in Drumset Music for the Concert Stage, volume 1 which is an anthology of drumset pieces commissioned for Peter Jarvis by Calabrese Brothers Music.

The score is engraved by Peter Jarvis.
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