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Piece Title : Tajin
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Dificulty Rating :
Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Campbell, James (1953-)
Composer / Arranger Details:

James Campbell has received worldwide recognition as a performer, pedagogue and author, and is a respected figure in the development of the contemporary percussion ensemble. He has toured extensively throughout North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. Currently Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, he also holds the positions of Principal Percussionist with the Lexington Philharmonic, drummer with the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Past-President of the Percussive Arts Society.

Well known for his long past association with the internationally renowned Rosemont Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Jim has served as their principal instructor, arranger, and Program Coordinator and was named to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2008. He was Percussion Director for the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and has performed at the International Society of Music Education World Conference, International Patagonia Percussion Festival, Journèes de la Percussion, PercuSonidos Percussion Festival, Australian Percussion Eisteddfod, MENC National In-Service Conference, Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic, MusicFest Canada, All-Japan Band Clinic, Music for All World Percussion Symposium, state MEA conventions across the country, and frequently appears as an artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC).

Among his works for concert and marching percussion, Jim has published with Hal Leonard Publishing, C.L. Barnhouse Co., C. Alan Publications, Innovative Percussion, Row-Loff Productions, Meredith Music and Alfred Publications with whom he serves as Percussion Team Author for the Expressions Music Curriculum. Jim is an endorsee for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Grover Pro Percussion and is a member of the Latin Percussion Educational Advisory Board. He is a clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company and a Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestra Division.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :1 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion
Instrument / Discipline : Multiple Percussion Solo w/Accompaniment
Instrumentation : Maraca (x2) / Non-Resonant Metal Sound (x2) / Resonant Membranophone (x6) / Resonant Metal Sound (x3) / Resonant Wooden Sound (x3)
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 3 resonant wood sounds (suggestion: 1 x 6 purpleheart wood planks 24, 27, 30 in length). 6 resonant skins (suggestion: 22 bass drum, 3 medium-lg. toms, bongos). 5 metals: 3 resonant/2 dry (suggestion: 3 graduated metal plates, high and low st
Written for / Commissioned by : Dr. Kenyon Williams
Permission given for Youtube video by Copyright holder
and Youtube Channel Owner. Recorded / Provided by:
 Brad Meyer
Accompanied :Solo with CD Accompaniment
Publisher :Bachovich Music Publications
Publishers Website :www.bachovich.com
Publisher Details :

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Year Composed / Copyright Date :2011 /  2012
Duration :7Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :Sound Playback System required for playback of soundscape tracks.
Sheet Music Available From :www.bachovich.com/      Check to see if in stock
Programme Notes / Performance Details :

In the Veracruz region of Mexico, lie some mysterious archaeological ruins: El Tajin, meaning, "thunder" in the Toltec language. This large ancient complex is believed to have once been a ceremonial and commerce center that peaked sometime between 600 and 1200 AD; its construction has been attributed to a tribe related to the Mayas. Still, there are many questions about its inhabitants and the many buildings that today remain smothered in dense jungle vegetation.

El Tajin has some very unusual structures. Over 150 buildings have been identified on the site, although so far, only around 20 have been excavated and restored. What else remains is buried under mounds of earth and grass, reclaimed by the land after several centuries of abandonment. El Tajin is one of Mexico`s most puzzling archaeological sites, as many of the structures seem to refer to the measurement of time. The Pyramid of Niches, with its 365 alcoves, suggests to archaeologists that this pyramid was used as some kind of calendar with each niche representing the days of the solar year.

Game courts feature heavily here with over a dozen having been discovered already. It is clear that human sacrifices were made at El Tajin and that these rituals were connected with the games played here. Juego de Pelota Sur (Southern Ball Court) is the most remarkable of the game courts found so far, as its walls have carvings depicting the ritualistic games, and revealing that at least one of the contestants was sacrificed.

Commissioned by Kenyon Williams, who was a fiscal year 2010 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This composition was funded, in part, but the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


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