Not Here, But There
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Great new works for percussion ensemble Ñ spectacularly performed.

The Moores School (University of Houston) Percussion Ensemble was established in 1997 and is directed by Blake Wilkins. The Ensemble's selection as a Winner in the 2003 Percussive Arts Society Percussion Ensemble Competition and is appearance at the International Convention established its reputation as a leader in percussion performance. The Ensemble was again selected as a Winner for 2006. Under Wilkin's leadership, the Ensemble has emerged as a leader in the promotion and performance of new music. In 2002 a commissioning series was begun to encourage new works for the medium. Since the inception of this project, the Ensemble has commissioned six composers, some of whose works are heard on this recording -- the second made by the Ensemble for Albany Records.
Contents:
Rob Smith, composer
Spring
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Pierre Jalbert, composer
Wood/Metal Music
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Christopher Deane, composer
Verpertine Formations
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

David Heuser, composer
Not here, but there
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Eckhard Kopetzki, composer
Exploration of Time
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Lane Harder, composer
Circus Plenus Clamor Ingens Ianuae Tensae
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

David Maslanka, composer
Hohner
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Marcus Karl Maroney
Pantheon, composer
University of Houston Percussion Ensemble, Blake Wilkins, conductor

Review:
"Taut, rhythmically precise, and dynamically responsive, [The University of Houston Percussion Ensemble] play everything with commendable concentration and commitment. Director Blake Wilkins sculpts the music with poised sensitivity and a fine attention to instrumental color...or with irresistable energy. ...All told, this is a scintillating survey of contemporary works, sure to appeal to a broad range of music-lovers as well as to percussion aficionados." (Fanfare)

"...The University of Houston Percussion Ensemble's alternately thrilling and atmospheric concert will set your pulse racing or your mind floating accordingly." (Fanfare: 2009 Want List: Robert Schulslaper)
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