Rehearsing Bryan Jeffs’ “Contactual Constellations”

ccA snapshot of the Southern Oregon University Graduate Percussion Group rehearsing for the recent world premiere of Bryan Jeffs’ Contactual Constellations at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). This is what the audience saw projected, but it is live video of the performers interpreting graphic musical scores printed on the drumheads! Amazing!

Special thanks to Remo for making us these beautiful drumheads and sponsoring our PASIC Performance. Special thanks to Yamaha for loaning us the prototype Impact Bass Drums for our rehearsal stage and providing them for our performances! And also thanks to our other sponsors of this event – Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Southern Oregon University, and Dr. John Barton! And – thanks to Bryan Jeffs!

For those of you who were not in Indianapolis last week, we will also perform this work (west coast premiere) on December 5th at Southern Oregon University and again at the Northwest Percussion Festival April 10.

Congrats to my 5 grad students who are doing amazing work on this piece: Jordan Curcuruto, Joe Howe, Jeff Kolega, Colin Malloy, and Tyler Willoughby and to former student and colleague Bryan Jeffs!