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“Alborada del Gracioso” by Maurice Ravel


“Alborada del Gracioso” by Maurice Ravel

Performed by arx duo
Garret Arney & Mari Yoshinaga

Mallet Selection for this Piece:


Robert van Sice Signature (M123)

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Medium soft. A very versatile mallet that covers the entire instrument.


Robert van Sice Signature (M124)

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Medium. The most popular mallet in the series. Extraordinary range of color, which is easily manipulated by the performer.


arx duo is an electrifying new percussion duo featuring young artists Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney. Their passion and excitement for the developing genre of percussion chamber music is palpable every time they take the stage. Born from a deep-seated respect for the score, their performances are powered by a strong symbiotic musical vision, and colored with a unique creativity. Their desire to forge new connections and artistic pathways – or “arcs” – within the genre, expanding the opportunities for percussion performance, forms the inspiration for the name “arx duo”.

With a repertoire ranging from established masters to todays newest compositional voices, arx duo has worked closely with composers such as Alejandro Vinao, James Wood, and Gaudeamus Prize winner Ted Hearne. Always seeking opportunities to bring percussion to a wide variety of audiences, the group has recently collaborated with pianists Boris Berman and Lisa Moore.

The duo is the latest in the legacy of spectacular percussive chamber musicians coming from the Yale School of Music’s percussion studio directed by Robert van Sice. arx duo performed at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in addition to performances and outreaches along the east coast. arx duo will debut in Japan this December, and will be the ensemble in residence at the Lake George Music Festival in New York.


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