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“Impressions” by Nicolas Martynciow


“Impressions” by Nicolas Martynciow

Performed by Michael Compitello

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Designed with great balance to cover all aspects of concert snare drumming. In persimmon to produce a dark, full-bodied sound.

L = 167/8"“, Dia. = .650“



This work for side drum and two tom-toms lasts about eight minutes, making it one of the longest pieces ever written for the side drum. The last work of comparable dimensions was Dasselbe ist nicht dasselbe by Nicolas A. Huber, written over ten years ago.

Impressions is in three movements, each of which may be performed separately. It demands a very competent technique, and attempts to explore new avenues, since side drum composition, with a few exceptions, has developed relatively little—hence the use of brushes and playing techniques based on bouncing sticks. The piece is further enhanced by the high and low tom-toms which accompany the side drum.


Nicolas Martynciow studied percussion with Claude Giot and Philip Drink at the Conservatory de Saint-Etienne, his hometown. After studies with Francis Brana at the Conservatory de Créteil, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Jacques Delécluse, graduating in 1990 with 1st prizes in percussion and chamber Music.

As percussionist with the Orchestre de Paris, he played under the direction of renowned conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Valery Gergiev, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Sir George Priest, and Geog Solti.

As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with Ensemble Carpe Diem (dir:. Jean-Pierre Arnaud), as well as with the Trio Wanderer, Claire Desert, Emmanuel Strausser, Eric Picard, Stephane Laberie, etc.

As a composer, Martynciow’s compositions are performed worldwide, and are published by Editions Gerard Billaudot. The founder of l’Association Française pour la Percussion, he was twice editor of the journal Percussion.

Martynciow teaches orchestral percussion at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.


Percussionist Michael Compitello is guided by his passion to create new art through collaborations with composers, performers, actors, and artists in all mediums. Currently Visiting Lecturer in Percussion at Cornell University, Michael has worked with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Nicolaus A. Huber, David Lang, John Luther Adams, Alejandro Viñao, Marc Applebaum and Martin Bresnick on premieres and performances of new works, and has performed as a chamber musician and soloist with the Ensemble Modern, the International Ensemble Modern Academy, and with members of the Bang on a Can All- Stars, Eighth Blackbird and So Percussion. Michael has appeared in diverse locations such as the Darmstadt Summer Course, the Banff Centre, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Kurt Weill Festival.

As an orchestral musician, Michael has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and with conductors Pierre Boulez, Marin Alsop, Reinbert de Leeuw, David Zinman, James Conlon, Brad Lubman and Gustav Meier.

From 2009 to 2010, Michael performed and studied contemporary chamber music with the Ensemble Modern and the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, Germany on a Fulbright Grant from the US Department of State. He attended the New Music Workshop of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in 2006 and 2009, was a fellow at the Bang on a Can All-Stars Summer Music Institute in 2006 and 2007, and in 2009 attended the Banff Centre’s “Roots and Rhizomes” percussion residency.

Michael’s interest in interdisciplinary collaboration has led to performances at the Yale Repertory Theater and Yale Cabaret, where he helped create “Basement Hades,” a multimedia musical drama featuring his duo New Morse Code, composer Dan Schlosberg, students from the Yale School of Drama, and director Ethan Heard. Michael’s belief in the important role of classical music in contemporary culture has led him to a variety of outreach projects, including “Naturpassage,” a multi-medium project with the members of the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt’s Bettinaschule, directed by Paul Griffiths and Fraser Trainer. He has also worked with the Yale School of Music’s acclaimed outreach programs, working with grade- and middle-school students in both the “Music and Book Writing” and “Music and Creative Writing” projects, where students used a new composition as inspiration for writing a multi-chapter story.

As a student of Robert van Sice, Michael earned a BM in Percussion from the Peabody Conservatory and an MM and MMA from the Yale School of Music. He will be Interim Lecturer in Percussion at UMass Amherst for fall of 2012.

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