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Emma O’Halloran New Marimba Work Recording

Video recording project for Emma O'Halloran's new work for solo marimba and electronics by percussionist Adam Groh.

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Posted on July 24, 2019 by Adam Groh

Hi everyone!  

We are beyond thrilled to have our project supported by New Music USA!  Every year this amazing organization provides crucial funding to so many artists that we love and respect, and it is incredibly humbling to be counted among them!  We look forward to providing updates about the pieces as they become available.  A little bit about where things are at right now…

Emma finished the piece in May, and it was delivered to the consortium members (31 of them, spread out all over the United States, and internationally).  Adam is in the process of learning the piece, and we’ll be sharing some teasers as that comes together.  Right now, at least a few performances are lined up for the fall, including:

– September 10, 2019 – World Premiere at Western Carolina University

– October 1, 2019 – Performance at Western Carolina University

– October 8, 2019 – Performance at Adams State University

More info to come soon, as well as some excerpts from the piece!  



In the fall of 2018, a group of 24 percussionists, led by Adam Groh, commissioned Emma O’Halloran to write a new work for solo marimba and electronics.  The piece is currently being written, and is scheduled to be delivered in the summer of 2019.  This project seeks to fund a professional recording with Four/Ten Media in the fall of 2019.

Emma is an accomplished composer, who is equally fluent in a wide range of musical styles. Her unique compositional voice, compelling artistry, and skill in both electronic and acoustic genres have garnered her recognition in the form of composition prizes, as well as a steady stream of performances and commissions from respected artists. This work will be her first for solo marimba, and the consortium members are so excited to see what she can contribute to the ever-expanding marimba repertoire. Her seamless integration of electronics into her pieces in other genres foreshadows how she will use them to enhance the sonic possibilities of the marimba.

Adam has a special interest in creating works for percussion and electronics, having performed works that written for him in venues such as the International Computer Music Conference, SEAMUS, and Electronic Music Midwest. He is constantly seeking out ways to encourage composers with fresh voices and perspectives to write for percussion instruments, with a particular focus on engaging those from underrepresented groups.

Given the emphasis on online media content from artists, composers, presenters, and even instrument manufacturers, we believe that the most effective way to share Emma’s piece with a larger audience is by enlisting Four/Ten Media to create a professional quality video recording. Four/Ten has become the standard for high-quality audio and video recording in the percussion and new music communities, and their collaboration on this piece will enhance the artistic goals of the work, while also creating a final product that will be appealing to the general public. The number of standard works for marimba by women composers is quite small, and our mission is to combine the talents of all collaborators to promote a new and exciting work for marimba, that will encourage more young women to pursue writing for and performing on percussion instruments.

Project Media

Emma O’Halloran – “Constellations”
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For voice and amplified chamber ensemble

Performed by Madeline Healey and the Refugee Orchestra Project, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya

Premiered at National Sawdust, 06.12.18

Commissioned by National Sawdust

Adam Groh – Performance Examples
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Features: Adam Groh

Excerpts from recent performances of music by Andy Akiho, Steven Mackey, Clif Walker, Toru Takemitsu, and David Lang.

2018 Reel
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Four/Ten Media is a media production company born from the partnership between filmmakers/percussionists Kevin Eikenberg and Evan Chapman. Kevin and Evan’s unique background as classically trained percussionists has allowed the duo to create fresh and musically authentic representations of pieces in the contemporary classical and pop worlds.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Last update on July 24, 2019

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Sylva, North Carolina
Adam Groh, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is a percussionist with a diverse performing and teaching background. He is an ardent supporter of new solo and chamber music for percussion, and has commissioned and premiered dozens of works by prominent composers.  Recent collaborations include projects with Jason Treuting, Emma O’Halloran, Robert Honstein, Adam Silverman, and…

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Princeton, New Jersey


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