kimberly fitchMonday, April 27, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

I will join violinist/violist Kimberly Fitch on her faculty recital on a performance of John Luther Adams’ The Farthest Place. Also performing will be Bryan Jeffs, percussion; Jodi French, piano; and Bruce McKern, bass.

Photo: Greg Eliason

Photo: Greg Eliason

Cedar City, Utah
Southern Utah University
Saturday, April 18

I will be featured at the Southern Utah University Day of Percussion Festival hosted by Lynn Vartan! My appearance is supported by Yamaha Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, and Remo Drumheads!

7.11.13Southern Oregon University hosts the annual NorthWest Percussion Festival for the first time! Guest artist will be world-renowned percussion soloist and conductor Steven Schick. Percussion ensembles from across Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Northern California will attend and perform. Schedule will be as follows:

Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall &
Centre Stage Theater

Friday, April 10 – 7:30pm
Opening concert featuring Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles, directed by Terry Longshore, with guest artist Steven Schick

The Rebel Frog Goes Dancing – Bryan Jeffs
– Per Andreasson
Contactual Constellations – Bryan Jeffs
West Coast Premiere of Elliot Cole’s AMEN
Trans – Lei Liang (Steven Schick, soloist)
Rebonds – Iannis Xenakis (Steven Schick, soloist)
Ballet Mécanique – George Antheil

Saturday, April 11:
9am – University of Oregon
10:30 Performance/Master Class by Steven Schick
1pm – University of Alaska, Fairbanks
2pm – Central Washington University
3pm – Western Washington University
4pm – Husky Percussion Ensemble (University of Washington)
5pm – Portland Percussion Group
7:30pm – Directors Recital featuring Percussion Directors from NorthWest Universities
9:30pm – Standing Stone hang with Maraval Road

Sunday, April 12:
9am – Portland State University
10am – Western Oregon University
11am – California State University, Sacramento

Photo: Greg Eliason

Photo: Greg Eliason

Reno, Nevada
University of Nevada, Reno
Thursday-Friday, March 12-13
Concert Friday, 7:30pm

I will be featured at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Northern Nevada Day of Percussion Festival, along with Bryan Jeffs! We will give clinics and perform with the UNR Percussion Ensemble including my music and music by Bryan Jeffs, Mark Applebaum, and John Bergamo.

My appearance is supported by Yamaha Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, and Remo Drumheads!

Click here for tickets

sou-gpg-jumpTuesday, March 3, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

The Southern Oregon University Graduate Percussion Group will present Michael Gordon’s minimalist masterpiece, “Timber”, for 6 amplified “simantras”, (planks of wood) which has been described as “a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.”

This will be the first performance of a set we will give this winter/spring. Other dates include:
April 10 – Northwest Percussion Festival (excerpt)
April 23 – SOU Center for Sustainability
May 1 – SOU Schneider Museum of Art

SOU Performing Arts – Free admission.

Photo: Hayden Teachout

Photo: Hayden Teachout


Thursday, February 26, 7pm
Medford, Oregon
Rogue Valley Manor

The SOU Percussion Ensembles will perform for Rogue Valley Manor residents.

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ripple (2014)
a beautiful arrangement of the grateful dead classic by multi-string master darol anger and fabulous vocalist emy phelps. i had a blast recording the tabla track for this – and some bowed crotale notes for a few spots.
listen to and download ripple here at cdbaby – only $1!

darol’s and emy’s website


In the booth at Oregon Sound Recording.

It’s been an amazing first half of December! I am so lucky to live in not only a stunningly beautiful community, but to also get to make such incredible music with people on a regular basis. I recently recorded a tabla track for Darol Anger and Emy Phelps on their beautiful cover of the Grateful Dead’s Ripple. Check out a sample and buy the track here. Thanks to Sean McCoy of Oregon Sound Recording for tracking the session!

Our SOU Percussion Ensembles concert on December 5th was a resounding success. Special thanks to guest artist Daniel Kennedy and to the composers and arrangers of all of the music heard for the first time that night (or close to the first time):
Bryan Jeffs, Colin Malloy, Celso Ruiz, Grant Ruiz, and Lucas Sennhauser.

In the last week I got to play gorgeous early and flamenco music from Spain with Lauren Pomerantz and Grant Ruiz, then performed Mark Applebaum’s Composition Machine #1 at Ashland’s “Sketches: Second Sunday Series“. And now this Friday we present “Gypsy Fire: Flamenco Music” at Paschal Winery in Talent featuring the spectacular Elena Villa and guitar virtuoso Berto Boyd.


Sean McCoy, TL, and Colin Malloy

And, putting the final touches on mixes of the SOU Percussion Ensembles for our new CD, “Electric Rebel Poetry” featuring premiere recordings of the music of Mark Applebaum, Bryan Jeffs, Colin Malloy, Jeff Richmond, and Hikaru Sawai.

How lucky am I?!

Oh….and I have an incredible new set of tabla from TransTabla in the mail arriving Wednesday. David Yovino is an absolute genius and I’ve been drooling over these for a year and finally ordered a set. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep until they are here….

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!

CM#1-3Sunday, December 14, 7pm
Ashland, Oregon
Dancing People Studio

I will perform Mark Applebaum’s Composition Machine #1 for solo performer at this month’s Sketches: Second Sunday Showcase. Thanks to Rob for the invitation! I premiered CM#1 on Halloween at SOU – read more about the piece here.

grant-lauren-terrySunday, December 7, 3pm
Ashland, Oregon
Rogue Valley House Concerts

Back by popular demand! Our show in September quickly sold out so we have added another performance – come enjoy an afternoon of Spanish renaissance and flamenco music, along with Sephardic and Arabic songs with guitarist Grant Ruiz, vocalist Lauren Pomerantz, and percussionist Terry Longshore.

Potluck begins at 3pm with show at 4:00. Suggested donation $15-20. Call 541-261-3811 to make a reservation.

Friday, Dec. 5, 7:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Music Recital HallPercussion poster

The SOU Percussion Ensembles, under the direction of Terry Longshore, present “Contact” featuring guest artist Daniel Kennedy. Featured will be the world premiere of Bryan Jeffs’ third installment of the Rebel Frog trilogy, “The Rebel Frog Wassails”. Also featured will be Jeffs’ “Contactual Constellations”, performed by the SOU Graduate Percussion Group, a work for graphic musical scores printed directly onto drumheads, on which the performers play while video captures their performance and projects to the audience. Hot off the world premiere at PASIC!

Press Release:
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University
presents the SOU Percussion Ensembles performing “Contact!”

(Ashland, Ore.) – The Music program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents “Contact!,” an innovative, audiovisual experience performed by the SOU Percussion Ensembles on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 pm in the SOU Music Recital Hall.

“Contact!” is inspired thematically by the piece, “Contactual Constellations,” composed by Bryan Jeffs, SOU adjunct faculty and an alumnus of the SOU Music program. “Contactual Constellation” features graphic musical scores manufactured onto bass drum heads, played upon by the performers, captured in real time and projected for the audience. The ensembles are directed by Dr. Terry Longshore, director of percussion studies at Southern Oregon University,

“Seeing the musical score, while hearing it being played, and, in real-time, getting to follow along visually to see how the artists interpret the score is an amazing experience for the audience,” said Longshore. “The SOU Graduate Percussion Group will have just premiered this piece at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis in November. This concert will be the West Coast debut of this piece.”

The concert will also include a classic percussion work, “The Drums of Orpheus” by Lou Harrison; “Dance of the Little Fox” by Celso Ruiz for clarinet quintet, arranged by his son, Grant Ruiz, a local flamenco guitarist, for three marimbas and vibraphone; “Reunion,” a new piece for marimba ensemble, written in the style of the Zimbabwe marimba tradition by Lucas Sennhauser, a SOU freshman music major; “Akadinda Trio” by Emmanual Séjourné, for marimba trio in the Uganda “Akadinda” style; “Piru Bole,” a hand drum ensemble piece by John Bergamo, featuring guest artist Daniel Kennedy from California State University, Sacramento; and “Tin Play” by Per Andreasson for percussion quartet.

For lovers of the “Rebel Frog” series composed by Bryan Jeffs, the Percussion Ensembles will introduce “The Rebel Frog Wassails.” Longshore characterizes it as “Frank Zappa meets Christmas music.”

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for senior citizens and free to full-time students. The Performing Arts Box Office is located in the Music Recital Hall lobby. Box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and two hours prior to each performance. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card over the phone by calling 541-552-6348 or online at Contact the box office for discounts offered to SOU alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participants and SNAP/Oregon Trail cardholders.

Metaphysics_of_Notation_1November 19-22, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana

I am co-hosting the PASIC Focus Day this year with John Lane. Our theme is “Images of Sound: Innovations in Notation”, and we have selected an amazing array of performances, presentations, and panels for the convention.

In addition, I will perform on one of the sessions: Mark Applebaum’s “The Metaphysics of Notation” (Thursday, Nov. 20, 11am). The session will feature multiple interpretations of the work, one of which will be by Caballito Negro (flutist Tessa Brinckman and myself).

Mark Applebaum’s “The Metaphysics of Notation” is one of the most provocative and innovative musical works of the 21st century. Commissioned by the Cantor Art Center at Stanford University, this museum-scale work is comprised of 12 large, graphic musical “scores”, really works of art, hand drawn by the composer. Each piece is ten inches high by 6 feet wide and is filled with evocative glyphs, images, and seemingly random numbers and letters. A “mobile” score accompanies the 12 wall-mounted scores and hangs from the ceiling. Beautiful to behold, the music is left for the performer to interpret as he or she sees fit. The version presented at PASIC will be a digital, scrolling version of the original artworks/scores. Applebaum states, “although I heard no music in my head when composing ‘Metaphysics’, I’m sure it is music.”


Also, the SOU Graduate Percussion Group has been selected to give the world premiere of Bryan Jeffs’ “Contactual Constellations”. The piece is for 3-6 players, performing on 6-8 large drums of varying sizes, the players being free to move between the drums during the performance.  Each drum has a different graphic score printed on its clear drum head and a camera mounted underneath to capture, and then project in real time, both the score and the performer’s rendering of the notation.  This unique visual aspect is key to the work’s goal of connecting the notation, the audience, and the performer’s interpretation into a singular experience – something that is often missing when interpreting graphic notation.

contactual constellations

dc-timmeWednesday, November 19
Lübeck, Germany

David Cariano Timme and Vera Seedorf will give a performance of Boom at the Possehl Music Competition in Lübeck, Germany on November 19. The Possehl Music Competition is hosted by the Lübeck Music Academy. They will preview the work at a performance at the CVJM Lübeck on October 27. CVJM translates to “YMCA” – very cool!

elena-villaFriday, December 19, 7pm
(note date change!)
Talent, Oregon
Paschal Winery

Come hear an amazing evening of fiery flamenco music and dance featuring the exquisite Elena Villa (dance – Portland) and virtuoso guitarist Berto Boyd, a recent transplant to Corvallis. Grant Ruiz (guitar, vocals) and Terry Longshore (percussion) will round out this dynamic ensemble.berto-boydduo-flamenco

30 Solo StudioThis week I am in the studio with Bryan Jeffs and the SOU Percussion Ensemble working on the premiere recording of Mark Applebaum’s 30, a work we co-commissioned, premiered, and performed at PASIC in 2013. 30 is in 3 parts: The First Decade for solo percussion, The Second Decade for percussion quartet, and The Third Decade for percussion septet. The piece can be performed in any combination of the 3 parts, or any parts alone.

DSC_0018We recorded the quartet on Thursday and I recorded the solo today, both at Brokenworks Productions in Ashland, an amazing space! So inspiring to play there! Sean McCoy of Oregon Sound Recording at the console – awesome ears!

Tuesday we record the septet in the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall. Check back for pics from that session!

This project will appear (complete work and The Third Decade) on our new Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensembles CD, “Electric Rebel Poetry”. Also, the work in all 7 of its versions will be issued in the near future by Mark Applebaum on the Innova Label. Check back for news on that!

Thanks Mark Applebaum for the incredible music, to Bryan Jeffs for his fantastic conducting, and to all the players in the SOU Percussion Ensemble for your artistry – such an honor to share this recording with you all!

Photo: Greg Eliason

Photo: Greg Eliason

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, 12:30pm
Ashland, Oregon
Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall

I will give the world premiere of Mark’s new solo work which is co-commissioned by 62 performers around the world. A synopsis of Composition Machine #1 by Mark Applebaum:

The performance begins at stage right where the performer unfurls a scroll of pictographic notation and plays it according to a personal but predetermined interpretation system. The scroll is then ingloriously compacted and dropped onto an amplified table covered in paper at center stage. A miscellaneous bevy of prescribed objects is placed on the table and moved in given rhythmic fashion. At the conclusion of this ritual the outlines of the objects are traced on the paper in marker. This paper – a new scroll – is then taken to a stage left position where it is performed on different instruments but according to the same fastidious interpretation system. The piece concludes after the player has rolled up the scroll and deposited it at the original stage right position, conceptually preparing for a subsequent performance. This is a piece that produces its own score; as such, the performer will notice that rehearsals should commence with the objects on the table in order to produce a germinal score.

CM#1-1CM#1-2Here are a couple of pics of the table once the second section of the piece is completed, but not yet traced (note, these are from early practice sessions where no paper was placed on the table yet). Note some difference in the placement of the objects. Although I have memorized the action and rhythms of placing and moving the objects the table, I try to move them to a different location each time so the end product, the score, is a little different.

CM#1-3This is a picture of one of the early scores produced by tracing and then removing the objects (click picture to enlarge).

SOU Percussion Ensemble outdoor web

Photo: Hayden Teachout

Sunday, Oct. 26, 3pm
Medford, Oregon
Music at St. Mark’s Concert Series

The Southern Oregon University Percussion Studio, under the direction of Terry Longshore, will present “The Wood That Sings”, a recital of marimba solos and ensembles. The beautiful, resonant sound of the marimba will enchant listeners of all ages

Repertoire includes:

2+1 – Ivan Trevino
Dance! – Ivan Trevino
Anthem – Ivan Trevino
Astral Dance – Gordon Stout
Reflections on the Nature of Water – Jacob Druckman
The True Lover’s Farewell – Steven Gwin
Les Violons Morts – Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic
Luminosity – Tomasz Goliński
Rotation 1 – Eric Sammut

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Photo: Greg Liason

Photo: Greg Liason

Wednesday, October 15, 7pm
Medford, Oregon
Inn at the Commons

SOU Graduate Percussion Group, along with Terry Longshore, will perform Colin Malloy’s arrangement of Hikaru Sawai’s “Yume No Wa” (Dreamscape) for the SOU President’s Dinner.

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sun gun (2013)
awesome album by fantastic southern oregon band led by my former student, sean siders
congas & maracas on title track
listen to tracks and purchase on seaons’ bandcamp page

check out seaons web site

Percussive Notes CoverI am proud to be co-hosting Focus Day at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) this year, along with John Lane! Our theme is “Images of Sound: Innovations in Notation”. John and I co-wrote a preview article about the Focus Day events and it is published in this month’s “Percussive Notes”. Click here to view the online edition of Percussive Notes (the article begins on page 10).

If you are in the Indianapolis area in November – don’t miss this! More information at the PASIC website:

Photo: Greg Eliason

Photo: Greg Eliason

I am excited to announce the launch of my new web site today at! It’s been a long time coming, but my goals are to highlight the incredible musical projects that I am part of as a performer, educator, and composer. There’s lots of information, performance schedule, videos, pictures, and more – check it out! For instance:

  • Read about my upcoming premiere of a new Mark Applebaum solo.
  • Watch video of recent video/percussion/shadowplay collaboration with David Bithell.
  • Check out the beautiful new bass drum heads/musical scores by Bryan Jeffs for the SOU Graduate Percussion Group’s upcoming performance at PASIC in Indianapolis.

You can even connect through Facebook, Twitter, and/or RSS Feed if desired.

A special thanks to Bruce Bayard and Greg Eliason, and the continued support of Yamaha, Zildjian, Vic Firth, and Remo!

Look for new SOU Percussion Website to be unveiled soon as well!

Thanks all and please stop in and say hello!

Penumbra from David Bithell on Vimeo.

World premiere of “Penumbra” by David Bithell and Terry Longshore. May 19, 2014 @ the Schneider Museum of Art as a part of the Oregon Fringe Festival.

kraft-tessa-terryCaballito Negro (Tessa Brinckman, flute and Terry Longshore, percussion) recently completed a recording of Encounters XVI for William Kraft. It was a pleasure working with Bill, having him in town for a week, and working on the recording with him. As always, he was a hoot! I only hope to be as persnickety when I’m 90!

Excerpt of recording of Encounters XVI:

kraft-sou-perc-ensBill was great with the students and the concert of his music went very well. What a great visit!

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pan’s meadow (2013)
tabla on 2 tracks
artwing records

la alma coversouthern oregon university percussion ensembles
la alma del árbol: the soul of the tree (2012)
premiere recordings of chris burton jacome’s la alma del árbol, la resonancia de una rama and bryan jeffs’ a maroon hog’s rebel frog
also music by alport mhlanga/musasa marimba ensemble, christopher deane, nigel westlake, and peter garland

cd artwork by greg martin

check out our cd site to listen to excerpts from the entire album!
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verde (2011)
percussion & vocals along with guitarist/vocalist grant ruiz
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cd artwork by bruce bayard 

check out our cd site to listen to excerpts from the entire album!

markapplebaum-metaphysicsmark applebaum
the metaphysics of notation (2010)
dvd of museum-scale graphic musical work by stanford university composer mark applebaum which was performed 45 times over 11 months. “metaphysics mix” is mix of one-minute excerpts of those 45 performances, including one by t2 (todd barton and terry longshore).
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stansellles stansell
a guitar makers path (2010)
An 18-minute documentary on building a Flamenco Guitar from start to finish. Shown at both the Ashland and Port Townsend Film Festivals. Includes soundtrack and music video by Dúo Flamenco.

30 from Mark Applebaum on Vimeo.

The premiere performance of “30” by Mark Applebaum. Performed by Terry Longshore and the Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble. “30” consists of three simultaneous autonomous pieces (which may be played individually or together): “The First Decade” for solo percussion; “The Second Decade” for percussion quartet; and “The Third Decade” for percussion septet.