Kirk Brundage & Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide

A 2-CD journey through cutting edge solo percussion—featuring virtuoso, ethereal, and classic pieces of the repertory. 

The genre of solo percussion began in 1956 with the piece 27'10.554" for a percussionist by John Cage—so compared to the other instruments of the symphony orchestra, the repertoire for​ percussion is still young. These recordings are offered as a contribution to building up the percussion repertoire, as they combine established pieces with those that will certainly gain wider recognition. COAST to COAST (disc I) contrasts composers who have journeyed North America exploring new possibilities in rhythm and sound—while EUROPERC (disc 2) presents European composers of diverse styles, countries, and generations.

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A musical snapshot of Afro-Brazilian rhythms and instruments: samba reggae, timbau, samba de roda, frevo, berimbau, and more!

This recording was made spontaneously for the 2012 PAS Convention in Austin, TX—in support of the book series Afro-Brazilian Percussion Guide. I later decided to release it as a CD, dedicated to my teachers in Bahia, who include: Dona CC (Fundação Pierre Verger), José Ricardo Santos and Daniel Santos (Balé Folclórico), Mestre Nenel (Fundação Mestre Bimba), Mestre Boca Rica (Escola Capoeira Angola da Bahia), Zelita de Oxum (Samba Rosário de Saubara), Isaque Pereira Gomes (Filhos de Gandhy), Mario Pam (Ilê Aiyê), Pacote do Pelô and Francis Magalhaes (Olodum), Jair Rezende (Candeal), Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro (Mangueira), Mainha de Oxum, and Babalawo Fasegun. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge, culture, and artistry with me!

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