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Piece Title : Four African Dances
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Level : Junior / Senior
Composer / Arranger : Stephens, Wesley
Composer / Arranger Details:

Hailed as "talented" (David Maslanka, composer) and a "world-class rising composer" (Karen Naifeh Harmon, violinist and composer)  Wes Stephens` (b. 1983) award-winning compositions have been performed internationally by organizations and ensembles such as the Boston Metro Opera, Tulsa Modern Movement, Bespoke Brass,  the University of Missouri Percussion Ensemble, the Truman State University Percussion Ensemble, and the University of Oklahoma Steel Band.

He is currently serving as the Director of Bands at Lindbergh Middle School in Peoria, IL. He is working on  completing his D.M.A. in Percussion Performance at the University of Oklahoma.  He holds degrees from the University of Missouri (Master of Music, 2009) and Missouri Western State University (Bachelor of Science in Music Education, 2007). He has studied percussion with notable instructors such as Dr. Dennis Rogers, Dr. Tracy Thomas, Kevin Bobo, Leigh Howard Stevens, Dr. Lance Drege, Dr. Julia Gaines, Doug Auwarter, and Dr. Nathan Daughtrey. While pursuing his education and performance degrees he also studied composition with Dr. Matt Gilmour, Dr. Thomas McKenney, and Dr. Marvin Lamb.

As a performer he has played with the Fort Smith Symphony, the Saint Joseph Symphony, the Missouri Symphony, the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble, the Axiom Percussion Trio, Gordon Stout, and Third Coast Percussion. He is an advocate of new music and has premiered works by Marvin Lamb, Blake Marriott, Stephanie Berg, Nathan Daughtrey, Joseph Hasper, Ricardo Souza and Bruce Hamilton.

Wes Stephens is a member of ASCAP, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :7 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Untuned Percussion / World Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : World Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : Brekete / Claves / Djembe (x4) / Dundun (x3) / Gankogui (x2) / Kpanlogo (x3) / Rainstick
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : NA
Written for / Commissioned by : Not a Commissioned Work
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 Wes Stephens
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Publisher :Amalgam Publishing
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Amalgam Publishing is a collective of musicians. Our goal is to produce new music and teaching methods that represent the state of our art, and we are inviting people to join our community to provide an outlet for their creative and pedagogical work. We believe that the terrain of music is changing, influenced by the connectivity of the internet, niche communities, and a devaluation of art to society. As we adapt to these changes, we hope to build a network of musicians that can maneuver this terrain.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2006 /  2006
Duration :4Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2
Special Needs :Congas can be substituted for the kpanlogos if neccessary. A large tom can substitute for the brekete. Agogo bells can substitute for the gankogui.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Program Notes:

Four African Dances (2006/Revised 2009)

Four African Dances is  written for seven players, with the percussion 1 player acting as a soloist. The piece is divided into four sections which are connected by means of metric modulation. The first section is a brief introduction that showcases the main rhythmic motives found in the work. The second section uses phase shifting and beat displacement to obscure the meter. The third section creates a dialog between the soloist and the ensemble by using call-and-response patterns. The final section is a barbaric, high-energy finale that brings the piece to an exciting end.

-Wes Stephens

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