VIC FIRTH ENSEMBLE: MIJI DUO



MIJI (미지) Duo is comprised of percussionists Ji Hye Jung and Michael Zell. Their repertoire ranges from arrangements of pieces from the classical era to newly commissioned works by composers such as Jason Treuting and Alejandro Viñao. They have performed concerts and presented masterclasses across the US and in South Korea. In addition to their work together, Ji Hye and Michael also frequently perform as soloists during MIJI Duo concerts.

Winner of the 2006 International Marimba Competition in Linz, Ji Hye Jung is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas. Michael Zell is a freelance percussionist residing in Kansas, and formerly the percussionist with The Carnegie Hall Academy in addition to having performed as Principal Timpanist with the Annapolis Symphony for five seasons.

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT:

“Impromptu in C Minor, Op. 90, No. 1 (D. 899)” by Franz Schubert
     Arranged for two marimbas by Michael Zell


“Oblique Duo #2: I Still Don't Love Franz Schubert” by Jason Trueting


Indepth Discussion of Schubert / Treuting Performances

A few of the Vic Firth implement selections for this performance include:
Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium. The most popular model in the series‚ this mallet covers the entire range of the marimba and produces a singing sound that is full of life.
L = 17"
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Signature Vibraphone - Terry Gibbs
Medium vibe or marimba. Rattan handles.
L = 15 1/4"
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Ensemble Series Keyboard
Soft. Excellent for use in the lower third of the instrument. Produces a fine low-end sound.
L = 15 3/4" | Latex thickness = 3/16"
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Orchestral Series Keyboard
Hard PVC. Bright and cutting for xylophone and bells.
Head = 1 1/8" | L = 14 1/4"
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