Commissioned by Jonathan Hass and his NYU Percussion Ensemble, Composer/ Percussionist Thomas Kozumplik’s Child of the Earth is a large-scale work for percussion orchestra in four parts. Dedicated to the late Chad Plasters, the piece was premiered and recorded at Frederick Loewe Theatre in NYC on May 1, 2017.
Within the framework of a (neo)romantic symphony, the performers are asked to play multiple instruments and sing. The 16-member chamber orchestra mixes marimbas, vibraphones, bells, chimes, piano, xylophone, Thai gongs, timpani, drum kit, more drums, cymbals, gongs, voices, and small percussion.
released May 24, 2019
music/lyrics: Thomas Kozumplik
NYU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Haas
Andrew Adams, Sara Barsky, Austin Choi, Rose Egan, John Gavin, Noah Hadland, Hanhan Jiang, TJ Maistros, Tyler Mashek, Will Marinelli, Sean Millman, EJ Eiras Saunders, Jared Shaw, Shannon Silver, Vivian Wang, Brandon Wong, Chen Yang, Declan Zhang, with Aviva Jaye, James Godwin, Fred Nelson
engineer: Tom Doczi
mixed at Artfarm by Thomas Kozumplik and Sean Boyd
mastering: Joe Lambert
graphic design: Stephen Gilewski Design
photographs: Julia Reinhart
published by Music Starts from Silence (ASCAP)
recording copyright Music Starts from Silence, LLC
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Special Thanks to Rex, Betty, and the extended Plasters Family; Jonathan Haas, Sean Statser, NYU, and all of the artists named above; An-Lin Bardin, Keith and Tsing Bardin, Sean Boyd and Artfarm, István B’Racz, Tom Burnett, Hsiu Li Wu Chen, Kip and Maureen Engel, Steve Gilewski, Joseph and Nancy Kozumplik, Jennifer Martinez, Richard and Beverly VanBrandt, and all who have supported this project from near and far.
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The mallet percussionist and improviser's solo debut is flush with nostalgic melodies and stirring dissonances—a rich, experimental universe well worth exploring. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 15, 2021