The rise of the percussionist-composer

This is an adaptation of a talk I gave at LKLD Live June 9, 2017, at the Bite-Size Boom percussion concert put on by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. I think that, by nature, percussionists are tinkerers. We are explorers. We are discovering our world through sound daily. We are often asked to find or create instruments or sounds. As Adam Sliwinski puts it in the Cambridge Companion to Percussion, “Rather than specialist-performers, percussionists are more like curators of sound.” Have you ever walked through Target to find a violinist bowing items on the shelf? Probably not. Or a brass player buzzing her lips on an object to see if it makes a good mouthpiece? I doubt it. But I can tell you

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