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Piece Title : metal...stone...being...cracked
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Level : Professional / Graduate
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 (

Total Number of Percussionists Required :5 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Quintet
Instrumentation : Almglocken (x2) / Bamboo Wind Chimes / Bongos (Set of) (x2) / Brake Drum / Chimes / Claves / Cow Bell (x2) / Crotales (Set of) / Glockenspiel / Guiro / Kick Bass Drum / Lion`s Roar / Roto-Toms (Set of) / Slap Stick / Snare Drum / Triangle (x3) / Wood Block (x2) / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 5 octave marimba, 2 octave set of crotales, roto-tom sizes are 14, 12, 10, 8
Written for / Commissioned by : Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong
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Publisher :Keyboard Percussion Publications
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It was 2000 when the need for a single internet address for Marimba Productions Inc. and Malletech LLC was realized. This single internet address is intended to contain the products, services and publications of the two said companies such as Malletech instruments, mallets and accessories, Keyboard Percussion Publications and Studio 4 Music publications, even the recordings of Resonator Records. In this site, a lot of information about marimba and percussion performers, composers, acoustics, seminars and concerts can also be found.

Marimba Productions, which is the older of the two companies, has been operating since 1979  that time as a publishing company. The establishment of this said company was driven by the 26-year old Leigh Howard Stevens difficulty in finding a publisher for his manuscript, Manuscript of Movement for Marimba. A lot of publishers turned down the project. But it was one famous publisher that helped Stevens by suggesting the inclusion of a 2-mallet playing, vibes, xylophone and bells in his manuscript in order for it to have a better chance of getting published. The manuscript, before being published contains a lot of texts and diagrams which made it really boring. Besides, his manuscript only dealt with 4-mallet playing which can only cater to a small market.

It was in New York City where Marimba Productions was incorporated. In 1986, Stevens moved to New Jersey where his company was reincorporated. Marimba Productions Inc. also began publishing scores of some marimba solos that had been commissioned by Leigh Howard Stevens shortly after the publication of his manuscript. Successfully, his first three publications, Raymond Helbles Tocata Fantasy, David Maslankas Variations on Lost Love and John Serrys Night Rhapsody have become one of the most influential creations in the marimba repertoire. These three creations were performed on his New York City Debut Concert in Town Hall on October 27, 1979.

In 1978, which was a year earlier, Leigh`s first solo marimba mallet line was introduced by Vic Firth Inc., a company based in Boston, Massachusetts. The mallets have unique design and were very different from other keyboard mallets manufactured previously. The mallet handles were characterized by an extended length birch, loose wrapping, stitched heads and tones having a range of sounds. Leigh eventually took over in 1982. Bob Becker, David Friedman and Dave Samuels, three of the greatest mallet players in the world helped Leigh in establishing MALLETECH, the first brand of mallets devoted to serious keyboard percussion players.

Musser, the largest manufacturer of keyboard percussion instruments in the world at that time, sought the expertise of Leigh by hiring him as their design consultant in 1985. Leigh designed the new extended range marimba after working on the bar and resonator tuning systems for all the marimbas, xylophones and vibes. This new extended range marimba is now known as the M450 LHS. This instrument still has two of his patented designs, a built-in frame height adjustment and tunable resonators on the lowest octave. Due to the products high-end specifications, M450 LHS became the worlds best selling extended-range concert marimba in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His design of a furniture-grade all wooden frame marimba replaced the fake leather-wrapped frame components of some of today`s most expensive instruments. But due to low price, some manufacturers still use leatherette wrapped frame components.

Leigh decided to withdraw himself from Ludwig/Musser in 1991 to add keyboard percussion instruments to the successful Malletech mallet line. His first professional Malletech instruments were showcased at the 1992 PASIC. It is now highly established and has gained the favor of the world`s greatest players. It has even been acknowledged as the world`s best marimba.

Malletech marimbas and mallets have become two of the trademarks of Marimba Productions Inc. until this business was bought by Zildjian Company in 1997. It was 2000 when Leigh re-acquired half of the business again. He named the LLC as Kp3. He also bought Malletech trademark and the mallet business from Zildjian in June 2005. These two now operate under the name Malletech, LLC.

From 1997 to 2005, Marimba Productions Inc. operated as a publisher with percussion music published under the name Keyboard Percussions Publications. Leigh found Resonator Records, a record label in 1997 specializing in keyboard percussion music. It has released the works of Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, Eric Sammut and the Marimba Festival Orchestra, even the recordings of Leigh himself.

As years went by, Marimba Productions Inc. continuously acquired the catalogs of other percussion publishers, such as Contemporary Music Project, M. Baker Publications, Percussion Arts and Studio 4 Music. These catalogues contain the majority of the serious percussion repertoire by Gordon Stout, Clair Omar Musser, Bob Becker, Michael Burritt, Eric Sammut, Eric Ewazen, David Maslanka, Raymond Helble, and Paul Smadbeck.

The two companies currently operate on a 20,000 sq. ft. building in Neptune, New Jersey. The company is currently being managed by officers Julie Istre (General Manager) and Leigh Howard Stevens (President and CEO).

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2001 /  2012
Duration :12Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :N/A
Special Needs :The following instruments are shared between two players: Vibraphone, Crotales, Set of Temple Blocks, small Bass Drum, Suspended Cymbal, set of 4 toms
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Jin Shi Wei Kai (literally translated as metal…stone…being…cracked) is an ancient Chinese idiom, dates back to the 5th century B.C., which tells about a famous archer and the struggle between his will and the unruly force of nature. It implies that if we have faith and effort, we can accomplish any difficult task. Similar proverbs can be found in the Bible such as “Moving Mountains” from Saint Paul’s letters. Winner of the Louisiana State University Percussion Composition Competition/ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. This piece is in four movements

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