by Luis Rivera
Instrumentation: Concert snare drum, Kick drum, Hi-hat
Written for snare drum, kick drum, and hi-hat, Amalgamation features stylistic elements of famed French percussionist Jacques Delécluse (known for his intricate ornamentation) and the popular New York percussionist Joseph Tompkins (known for his complex, asymmetric rhythms). Composer, Luis Rivera also incorporates a third style which isn’t used as often within the classical concert hall—American colonial-style rudimental drumming.
The first use of the kick drum pays homage to Tompkins and his snare/kick drum solo March. The addition of the hi-hat (especially when coupled with the kick) evokes the image of a typical march instrumentation— snare, bass, and cymbals—while adding a layer of technical independence for the performer.
Challenging to the performers and appealing to audiences, Amalgamation will be a great repertoire choice for solo recitals, juries, or multipercussion study.
Amalgamation is professionally printed and ships in bound, hard copy format.