The addition of new instruments from other musical cultures, a variety of sounds derived from numerous objects, from commonplace to exotic, and, recently, a large mallet-keyboard family, which has been expanded from its original orchestral representatives--chimes, bells, and xylophone--to include marimba, bass marimba, and vibraphone
, now provide an expanded tonal resource for the most recent generation of composers interested in writing for the percussion ensemble.
The Oregon Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of professor Charles Dowd, will play four vibraphones, five marimbas and more than 100 ethnic percussion instruments during the course of the concert.
Compositions for vibraphone by Cal Tjader, Bobby Hutcherson, David Friedman and Dave Samuels will be played by the Oregon Percussion Ensemble at 8 p.m.
The program includes seven jazz vibraphone arrangements, including Tjader's "Soul Sauce," Hutcherson's "Gotcha," Samuels' "Rendezvous," Friedman's "Twenty Minutes off the Pavement," Pat Metheny's "Farmer's Trust," Metheny and Lyle Mays' "Minuano Six Eight" and Dowd's "El Camino Unreal."