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“Spine” by Michael Laurello


“Spine” by Michael Laurello

Performed by Yale Percussion Group

Yifei Fu, soloist
Matt Keown, Jeff Stern and Georgi Videnov

Mallet Selection for this Piece:


American Custom® (T5)

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Very hard. A special effects mallet.


Orchestral Series (M143)

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Hard acetal. Very small head for very thin texture on bells.


Orchestral Series (M130)

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Soft plastic for a warm sound on xylophone. Also great on marimba.


Michael Laurello is an American composer and pianist. He has collaborated with ensembles and soloists such as Sō Percussion, the Nashville Symphony, the Yale Philharmonia, Sandbox Percussion, the Yale Percussion Group, Sound Icon, the 15.19 ensemble, NotaRiotous/The Boston Microtonal Society, guitarist Flavio Virzì, soprano Sarah Pelletier, pianist/composer John McDonald, and clarinetist and linguist/music theorist Ray Jackendoff. His music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the 2015 National Conference of theSociety of Composers, Inc. Upcoming work includes a commission for the piano duo HOCKET (2016-17 season), a new piece for two pianists and two percussionists, and a multi-movement composition for the Triplepoint Trio. In 2016, he will be releasing an album of original music in collaboration with PARMA Recordings. Additionally, this upcoming season, his music will be performed by the New York-based ensemble, ShoutHouse, and featured at the 2016 MATA Festival.

Laurello studied composition at Yale, where he received the Woods Chandler Memorial Prize. His primary composition teachers were David LangMartin Bresnick, and Christopher Theofanidis. He also holds an M.A. in composition from Tufts University, where he studied under John McDonald, and a B.M. in music synthesis (electronic production and design) from Berklee College of Music. Recent honors include first place in the ShoutHouse Call for Scores, selection for the 2015 SCI 50th Anniversary National Conference, participation in the 2015 Nashville Symphony Composer Lab and Workshop, participation in the 2015 EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings, a Baumgardner Fellowship and commission from the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop, a commission from the American Composers Forum (ACF), and an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation(Boston, MA). He has attended the highSCORE(Pavia, Italy) and Etchings (Auvillar, France) composition festivals, and was a composition fellow at the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival.

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