Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion
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Compositions that explore the boundaries between music and theatre.

Percussionist and baritone vocalist Lee Hinkle, whose percussion playing has been called "rock-steady" by the Washington Post, is the principal percussionist with the 21st Century Consort and a faculty member at the University of Maryland in College Park. An active recitalist and soloist, Hinkle has performed at universities and festivals across the U.S., and with the National Symphony Orchestra and Taipei Philharmonic. His recordings can be heard on six labels. For this recording, Hinkle explores the boundaries between contemporary music and theatre, performing compositions by Greek composer Georges Aperghis and American composers Daniel Adams and Stuart Saunders Smith as well as one of Hinkle's own compositions. These works include The Authors, a marimba opera, is made up of 11 movements with spoken and sung texts excerpted from various authors' novels, poems and sonnets. The performer is tasked with speaking, singing, whistling, and acting while playing the marimba.
Georges Aperghis, composer
Le Corps à Corps for zarb/vocalist
Lee Hinkle, percussion

Daniel Adams, composer
Of a Just Content for vibraphone & multiple percussion/vocalist
Lee Hinkle, percussion

Stuart Saunders Smith, composer
The Authors for marimba/vocalist
Lee Hinkle, percussion; Arielle Miller, narrator

Lee Hinkle, composer
Vibratissimo for vibraphone/vocalist
Lee Hinkle, percussion

Stuart Saunders Smith, composer
Tunnels for Percussionist Actor
Lee Hinkle, percussion

Review to come.