All is Number Golden Section in Xenakis’ “Rebonds”
“Mathematical systems of proportion originate from the Pythagorean concept that ‘all is number’ and the belief that certain numerical relationships manifest the harmonic structure of the universe.”
Published in Percussive Notes, Feb. 2005.
An in-depth analytical discussion of Iannis Xenakis’s ubiquitous percussion solo from 1989.
Teaching and Performing in Fuzhou, China
This past summer I had the fortunate opportunity to spend three weeks in Fuzhou, China. In 2005 and 2006 I had performed at the Beijing Central Conservatory’s Modern Music Festival, first as a member of Present Music, the Milwaukee-based new music ensemble led by Kevin Stalheim, and the following year as a solo artist. During those two trips I was afforded a fantastic introduction to Chinese culture, contemporary society, and contemporary Chinese music making, but my exposure to and interaction with Chinese people was somewhat limited
Published in Percussive Notes, Dec. 2008.
A percussive travelogue of a teaching trip full of hard work, sweat, excellent food and wonderful friendships.
Shenyang Conservatory of Music 2nd International Percussion Festival
The 2nd International Percussion Festival of the Shenyang Conservatory of Music (SYCM) took place Oct. 11–18, 2010. Featured international guests included Michael Udow (USA), Sir Gert Mortensen (Denmark), Beverly Johnston (Canada), Lien Wei-Chen (Taiwan), the percussion duo NanaFormosa, (Taiwan), and the authors of this article, Gregory Beyer (USA) and Robert Bridge (USA). Other Chinese percussionists in attendance included Liu Guangsi (the first Western Percussion Professor in China) from the Beijing Central Conservatory, Zheng Jianguo from the Society of Chinese Musicians Association, LiuPing from the Tianjin Conservatory, and DuJuan from the Xian Conservatory. The festival also featured two concerts of music by the Shenyang Percussion Ensemble, also known as the Sticks Game ensemble. The percussion area of the conservatory is run by a father-and-son team, Lu Qingshan and Lu Zhengdao. Lu Qingshan is the festival’s artistic director.
Published in Percussive News, Feb. 2011.
An excellent trip that warranted another story about China. This time co-authored by friend and colleague, Robert Bridge, who I met at this festival.
Rob is an excellent musician and human being who teaches at the Onendaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.