for percussion and 2 pianos

The original version of GROOVE! was written for PERCUSSION AND ORCHESTRA,a  commission of Brussels Philharmonic in 2010.

The rhythmic elements and patterns from diverse forms of world music serve as a source of inspiration. In jazz 'groove' is the sense of propulsive rhythmic feel or sense of swing, created by the interaction of the music played by a band's rhythm section.

In this work African instruments such as caxixi and a kalimba (thumb piano), Arab music with a.o. derbukas and riqs and Asian music with tablas, Tibetan bowls etc. are confronted with the 2 pianos.

The material the composer used in GISHORA (2009) - for trumpet and 7 African drums - is thoroughly explored in this work.

As an ethnic element heterophony is used (simultaneous variation in a melody played by different instruments)

A dialogue as well as a confrontation unfolds between soloist and pianos.

Parts: I: 1001 nights
         II: Into a mystical world
         III: Black magic


Available with Wim Henderickx.


Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)

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GROOVE! for percussion and 2 pianos
(+/- 27')