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“Mourning Dove Sonnet” by Christopher Deane

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:

“Mourning Dove Sonnet” by Christopher Deane

Performed by Doug Perry

Mallet Selection for this Piece:

M31

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ABOUT THE PIECE:

“Mourning Dove Sonnet was composed as a concert vibraphone solo in which the musical material was focused on an integration of traditional and non-traditional performance techniques. It is, in it’s essence, a wordless art song for vibraphone. This piece contains a literal transcription of a Mourning Dove song. Mourning Dove Sonnet was written in Greenville, NC and was first performed by the composer at the 1983 North Carolina Percussive Arts Society chapter Day of Percussion.”

– Christopher Deane

“Mourning Dove Sonnet is a piece that provides for the performer a rare opportunity to be expressive in unconventional ways through the application of extended technique. As a percussionist, I find myself constantly referencing vocal idioms to guide me through my musical decisions, but never really achieving the intricacies of expression that a voice is capable of producing. The extended techniques employed here, such as bowing bars and utilizing pitch bends, were remarkably expressive–I found myself closer to “singing” through my instrument than I ever have before. Mourning Dove Sonnet is a brilliant application of various extended techniques that open up all sorts of new doors to expressive opportunities.”

– Doug Perry

ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Christopher Deane is an Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of North Texas College of Music teaching orchestral timpani, mallets, and directing the UNT Percussion Players percussion ensemble. He holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied with James Massie Johnson, former principal timpanist of the St. Louis Symphony and percussion with Allen Otte. He has also studied independently with Roland Kohloff, N.Y. Philharmonic, Eugene Espino, Cincinnati Symphony and Leonard Schulman, N.Y. City Opera.

Deane is currently principal percussionist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and is acting Principal Timpanist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent performer with the Dallas Wind Symphony and has appeared on five recordings with that ensemble. Deane was the Principal Timpanist of the Greensboro Symphony for nine years and performed with the North Carolina Symphony for ten years. Deane has performed with numerous large ensembles including the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Utah Symphony and Virginia Symphony working with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Loren Maazel, Andrew Litton, Jaap van Sweden, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Keith Lockhart. His chamber music experience includes performances with the Percussion Group Cincinnati, Aeolian Chamber Players, Mallarme Chamber Players and the Philidor Percussion Group. He has appeared in more than seventy performances as a concerto soloist with either symphony orchestras or wind ensembles.

Deane was the faculty percussionist for the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival in Maine from 1982 to 1989. Over the course of those eight years Deane worked closely with composer George Crumb performing his music and serving as a consultant to Crumb for works including Idyll for the Misbegotten, Quest, and Haunted Landscapes. Deane served as a percussionist for the American Dance Festival from 1992 to 1996. He has also served as faculty percussionist for the Vale Veneto Music Festival in Brazil.

Deane has recorded as a timpanist, percussionist and Hungarian Cimbalom soloist. He is a featured concerto soloist on two UNT Wind Symphony recordings featuring the concertos of Joseph Schwantner, Russell Peck and William Kraft under the baton of Eugene Corporon. Deane has also recorded the music of Stravinsky with conductor Robert Craft for the Naxos Label, and has recorded with the Detroit Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Cincinnati Philharmonia, Mallarme Chamber Players, St. Stevens Chamber Orchestra and the Winston-Salem Symphony.

Deane has won both 1st and 2nd prize in the PAS Composition Competition. He studied Composition with Sherwood Shaffer, Robert Ward, and Charles Fussell, and independently with Ben Johnston. He has received numerous commissions including the Percussive Arts Society, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Kentucky. His music has been performed and recorded internationally and a number of his compositions have become standard literature on concerts and recitals worldwide. Deane has served two terms on the PAS Board of Directors. He is a clinician for the Bergerault/Dynasty Corporation, Black Swamp Percussion, Innovative Percussion and Sabian Cymbals.

ABOUT THE PERFORMER:

Percussionist/improviser Doug Perry blurs the lines of genre and allows musics of all styles and backgrounds to share the same stage. Originally a jazz drummer and vibraphonist, Doug has expanded his activities to include classical percussion, electronic music, rock and popular music. His creativity and versatility has allowed him to participate in a wide range of musical settings, whether it be playing timpani in an orchestra, vibraphone in a jazz combo, or providing original music for multimedia collaborations.

Having been raised in a family of orchestral musicians, Doug has been surrounded with music for his entire life. He began studying percussion and piano at a young age, and almost immediately began toying with improvisation and composition. He began performing professionally when he was 14 years old, performing with jazz ensembles across Connecticut. He has since enjoyed a varied career, performing as an orchestral, solo, jazz, rock, and chamber percussionist all over the USA, and as far as Ghana and Germany. In 2007 he was the sole recipient of the PAS/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship. In 2010, he was selected as one of eighteen finalists for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra II, where he competed against hundreds of other applicants for a chance to perform as an improvising soloist. In 2012, he made his international solo debut, performing as a marimba soloist with the Neue Eutiner Festspiele Orchestra in Eutin, Germany. Of a performance of Schubert’s “Du Bist die Ruh” with tenor Hugo Vera, the Ostholsteiner Anzeiger remarks that it was “accompanied excellently by Doug Perry on marimba, which came very close to the spherical sound of the glass harp of earlier times.” Doug was also the instrumental division winner of the 2012 Naftzger Young Artist Auditions, in which he competed as a marimbist against many other instrumentalists, vocalists, and pianists. Doug has appeared on television a number of times, having appeared on PBS and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”.

As a jazz musician, Doug has performed with many of the most respected musicians in the industry today, including Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Dave Samuels, Gary Thomas, and Joel Frahm. He can also be heard on Brian Scarborough’s album titled “Second Storm.” In 2010, he began recording and performing with the Baltimore-based rock band, Medicine Lake. As a composer, Doug has received commissions from as far afield as Germany, where he premiered his Concerto-Improvisation for Vibraphone (2014). A frequent collaborator with other composers, he has recorded and produced music for both video games and film, in idioms ranging from middle-eastern percussion to electronica and metal. Through all of these activities, Doug envisions a future in which all of these styles and traditions of music blend to become the representative sound of his generation. Currently an adjunct professor of percussion at Western Connecticut State University, he has had experience teaching percussion privately and in a classroom setting, teaching jazz ear training and improvisation, and coaching jazz, rock, and chamber ensembles.

Doug holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Kansas, as well as an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded the Horatio Parker Memorial Prize. In addition to Medicine Lake, Doug is a founding member of the New Haven-based jazz trio Department of Jazz, and a core member of the mixed chamber ensemble Cantata Profana.