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6 marimbas - February 13, 2020

SIXTRUM opens 2020 with a concert dedicated to the marimba!

Six marimbas is the title of a work by Steve Reich, adapted in 1986 from his composition Six Pianos composed in 1973. A leading work of the repertoire for percussion, it is more rarely performed than other works (like Drumming for example) because of the particular ensemble of instruments required.

Other major composers have also written for this formation, such as Michael Levinas with Transir, in hommage to Fausto Romitelli, which uses Doppler effects to transform the natural harmonics of the six marimbas. Sixtrum will also present James Wood’s Cloud Polyphonies - Sterlings in which he explores the extraordinary and acrobatic demonstrations made by starlings before migration.

In addition, Sixtrum asked composer Éric Champagne to create a work to complete this highly original program, totally dedicated to this specific ensemble of instruments.