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Piece Title : Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe
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Composer / Arranger : Casella, Jim
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Jim Casella is a composer and percussion specialist from Portland, Oregon known for his musical versatility. In addition to writing commissioned works for ensembles, he has created commercial music for national clients such as Cadillac, ABC College Football, ESPN, and Goodwill. Casella`s has also composed film scores that have received nationwide theatrical release. Known as one of the world`s foremost arrangers for marching percussion, his writing style has played a strong role in the success of internationally recognized performing groups such as The Cavaliers (2006-09) and the Santa Clara Vanguard (1996-2004). His concert percussion music is frequently performed worldwide, for which he`s received the ASCAP Plus award.

Aside from his career as a composer, Jim Casella is responsible for creating and programming, "Virtual Drumline" - a compositional software tool which is produced by Tapspace, the publishing company he co-founded and operates. His popular design of signature drumsticks and keyboard mallets are manufactured by Innovative Percussion, and he is an official artist and clinician for Pearl Drums, Adams Percussion, Avedis Zildjian Co., and Remo Inc.

Total Number of Percussionists Required :9 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Tuned Percussion / Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Tuned Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : 4 2/3 Octave Marimba (Low E) / Bell Tree / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum / Cabasa / China Cymbal / Concert Bass Drum / Concert Toms / Congas (Set of) / Cow Bell / Crotales (Set of) / Hi-Hats / Log Drum (4 pitches) / Mark Tree / Opera Gong / Sizzle Cymbal / Small ZilBell / Snare Drum / Splash Cymbal / Suspended Cymbal (x4) / Tam-Tam / Triangle / Vibraphone (x2) / Xylophone
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Written for / Commissioned by : Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Jonathan Fox, director), Bloomsburg University (Gifford Howarth, director)
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 Tapspace Publications
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Publisher :Tapspace Publications
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Tapspace™ is a publishing company specializing in creative percussion music. Formed in 1998 and stationed in Portland, Oregon, USA, Tapspace has a refined niche focusing on educational and appealing concert percussion ensembles, solos, duets, rudimental percussion music, steel band music, and other educational materials.

With a star-studded list of contributing artists, our works have been performed by thousands of percussionists around the world, and are being used daily to help shape and influence the rapidly growing percussive arts. This makes Tapspace a premier source for today`s most creative percussion literature.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2012 /  2012
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, 4, Various
Special Needs :N/A
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Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe is an energetic new work by Jim Casella which features a virtuosic solo marimbist accompanied by 8 multipercussionists. Composed in three connected sections, these episodic movements are unique in personality, yet closely related through their harmonic and rhythmic DNA. The composer writes, “Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe is based on the idea that our brief time on this earth can have any number of outcomes depending on the relationships we build, how present we are, and the decisions we make. As our stories evolve, infinite possibilities are created. The result is an adventure filled with both uncertainty and wonder.” The solo marimba part is colorful and challenging, employing frequent use of triple laterals, independent techniques, and flourishing runs. The accompaniment stands largely on its own, allowing ensembles to effectively rehearse the piece without the soloist being present. This piece comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-Rom containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.

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