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On the road with Leigh Howard Stevens -- Summer 2017.

Concert and Masterclass in Austria

Sergio Torta and LHS in Trento, Italy

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Top Image: LHS Concert & Masterclass in Austria

Middle Image: Sergio Torta & LHS in Trento, Italy

Bottom Images: The instructors from 1000 Beats, Italy

 

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Andrea Venet with students from the percussion department at
Middle Tennessee State University following her Feb. 2017 clinic / masterclass.

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Before and After (OK... during!) shots from the Sympatic Percussion Ensemble's performance at USC recently.

featuring Malletech artists: Scott Herring, Susan Powell and Christopher Norton

 

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The Malletech OmegaVibe made its debut at the PNC Arts Center and the Central Park Summer Stage in NYC
this summer with Chris Colaneri. Chris played in the orchestra for a Symphonic Jerry Garcia Celebration
featuring Warren Haynes (The Dead, Allman Brothers, Govt. Mule) and joined the band for its encore.
"I got a lot of great compliments on the Omega sound quality!!" Chris tells us.

 

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From a guy who knows a thing or two about amplifying a vibraphone ...

"Last concert in San Sebastián, Spain on our month long Steps Ahead Reunion Tour.
Featuring Donny McCaslin, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Billy Kilson and yours truly." —Mike Mainieri

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On June 18th, the Orchestre de Paris with Maestro Paavo Jarvi, performed its last concert of the season.
After a fantastic Mahler 3rd Symphony, the orchestra gathered for a ceremony dedicated to their conductor.
Several musicians played chamber music, among them, Malletech artist Eric Sammut.

For his part, Sammut took the music of Jean Sibelius' Valse Triste (sad waltz) ... one of Jaarvi's favorite tunes,
and mixed it with music by Lalo Shiffrin, Chick Corea and Stevie Wonder.

"In this way," Sammut told us, "the waltz didn't look sad anymore and the maestro was very happy."

Pictured (L-R): Nicolas Martinciow, drums; Éric Sammut, keyboards; Maestro Paavo Jarvi; Mathias Lopez, bass

 

 

Sammut with Paavo Jarvi

 

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At the 2014 Bob Becker Xylophone Soloist Seminar, xylophonist Heather Thorn premiered her new arrangement of Sweetheart Medley

and had the opportunity to perform on several Malletech instruments, including the Imperial Grand Marimba and the 

Bob Becker Soloist Xylophone. Photos from the event and Heather's comments (high praise!) are below.

 

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Heather Thorn premiers her new arrangement Sweetheart Medley at the 2014 Bob Becker Xylophone Soloist Seminar @ Wright State University.
(L-R) Malletech artists  Bob Becker, Heather Thorn and Yurika Kimura at the 2014 Bob Becker Xylophone Soloist Seminar @ Wright State University.
First, I would like to thank you for Malletech's support of the Bob Becker Xylophone Soloist Seminar. It was a great success. We cannot thank you enough for the beautiful instruments you sent for us to perform on. The Imperial was by far the most finely crafted instrument I have ever laid ears or eyes on. The low register notes sang with perfect clarity (especially when struck with Bob's LS5's); the entire instrument projected well and with such beautiful pitch precision. I believe it would have been a proud moment for you when I, using LHS technique, won a debate regarding technical possibilities with various techniques and the width of the bars in the lowest octave ;)

I felt equally privileged to perform on the XB 4.0. The sound of the warm and full tone quality and the tunable resonators is unparelleled by any other xylophone on the market today. I am grateful every day that I chose Malletech over even a Deagan Artist Special; I appreciate that, while I can't always control my environment, I can control the sound of my instrument.

My presentations on the xylophone digital archival project (which is nearing completion) with Bill Cahn and Careers in Music: Xylophonistics and the Xylophone Soloist were very well-received. I appreciate the opportunity to disseminate knowledge while promoting the Malletech company and its unmatched high quality mallets and instruments.


Best Regards,

Heather Thorn

 

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Leigh Howard Stevens poses with students at the 8th Annual Indiana Marimba Seminar.

Students attending this year's seminar were treated to a solo marimba recital by LHS, plus daily masterclass 

and seminar sessions with LHS and Dr. Marc Wooldridge covering all aspects of 4-mallet technique,

in addition to rehearsal time, social events and more!

 

LHS with students at the 8th Annual Indiana Marimba Seminar

 

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Blake Tyson and Gwendolyn Burgett perform at the 2014 UCA Percussion Festival.

 

Blake Tyson and Gwendolyn Burgett perform at the 2014 UCA Percussion Festival.

 

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Joe Locke at Riverside Studios, video taping content for MostlyMarimba.com 

 

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Will James tries out the BT mallets from Malletech on the MJB marimba from Malletech

at the Missouri Day of Percussion, 2014.

 

Will James tries out the BT mallets from Malletech on the MJB marimba from Malletech.

 

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Eduard Kurguz, director of the Siberian Percussion Ensemble "Marimba," visited the Malletech factory during a recent visit to the U.S.

From L-R, pictured are Vsevolod Tolokonnikov, Alexandra Kurguz, Eduard Kurguz, Leigh Howard Stevens, Anton Kurguz,
Mariana Ramirez and Andrew Beall. 

 

Edward Kurguz and family

 

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Here are some pictures from the "pick up pow-wow" yesterday.  Joe Locke came to the Malletech factory

for a final approval/sound test of the new pick up system. The electronics were all designed by

Mike Pope (R) with lots of vibe input from Joe Locke (L) and some mechanical design (and funding!) contributed by Malletech.

Joe, Mike and LHS (middle) below.  The pickup system will be available winter 2013. 

 

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Below, Joe Locke, after another session (3rd?) of exhaustive back and forth A/B listening tests with

different brands of bars and frames, declares:

"You knocked it out of the park, man !!! I'm knocked out with the Omega Vibe!"

 

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Tony Miceli checking out the new Omega vibe students at his vibes workshop At the University of Delaware Aug 1, 2013

 

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Susan Powell and Joe Kryger

performing at the University of Delaware Xylophone Workshop "Vibes Hang" Aug 1, 2013 broadcast live

in the evening over the web through the vibesworkshop.com.

 

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Susan Powell

performing on an XB4.0 Xylophone at the University of Delaware Xylophone Workshop "Vibes Hang" Aug 1, 2013

broadcast live in t he evening over the web through the vibesworkshop.com

 

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Michael Burritt performing on his new signature MJB Malletech Marimba

 

at Percussion Rochester 2012

 

(Photos: Lauren Vogel Weiss)

 

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  (Comments from a visitor)

 

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to attend the Percussion Rochester concert where Michael Burritt performed his new concerto on the new Malletech marimba!  I just thought I'd drop a line to say how great it sounded.  The bass just sounded huge!  Very full sound, and it rang forever.  And it really seemed like he could put more force into the low end without concern for breaking bars.  On top of all that, I really like the look, with the extra-long resonators sticking out like they are. Very sleek.  I saw Leigh from a distance but didn't get the chance to say hi or ask him about it, so I just thought I'd let you know how cool it was.  Lots of us from Ithaca were there, and we all were really enthralled with the sound of the new instrument. Keegan

   

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Bob Becker Concert at University of Delaware

 Bob Becker with Students

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Yurika Kimura

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Bob Becker and Yurika Kimura

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 Leigh Howard Stevens and Bob Becker

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Leigh Howard Stevens' Summer Marimba Seminar  2012

 

Gordon Stout with Summer Seminar Students

 

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Ivan's duo "Into The Air"  

 

The piece was played at the 2012 Summer LHS Marimba Seminar.

 

Recorded by Ivan Trevino & Michael Burritt.

 

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Bob Becker Summer Seminar 2012

 

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The Jury of the World Marimba Competition (Stuttgart Germany), announces the prize winners:  from left:  

Marta Klimasara, Poland; Leigh Howard Stevens, USA; Ivana Bilic, Croatia; Jean Geoffroy, France; Keiko Abe, Japan; Klaus Tresselt, Germany; and Jon Laukvik, Norway.

 

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Southern California Marimba Competition with Kevin Bobo

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 Kevin Bobo on Stage

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Judges Photo (Kevin Bobo)

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First Prize Winner, Se-Mi Hwang, South Korea after her moving performance of Claude Debussy's Arabeske No. 1.

 

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Se-Mi Hwang with Leigh Howard Stevens

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All the prize winners together, from left:

Simone Rubino, Italy, recipient of the Laukvik Prize for best interpretation of Jon Laukvik's new work, "Variation on a Relation" for marimba and piano.

Rostivlav Shareavskiy, Russia, second prize Ting Ya Wen, Taiwan, third prize and Klatzow prize for best interpretation of Peter Klatzow's new work for

marimba and chamber ensemble, "Lightscapes" Se-Mi Hwang, South Korea, First Prize Winner of the World Marimba Competition and the winner of the Audience Choice Award.

 

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 Michael J. Burritt at Greentopia

 Greentopia was a festival in the High Falls area of Rochester celebrating the concept of

 “going green”  with concerts and visual artists and films.  

 

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 Will James at Ravenscroft High School in

 Raleigh, North Carolina

 

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World Vibes Congress Artists

Ed Smith, Stefon Harris, Anders Astrand, Joe Locke and Leigh Howard Stevens (host)

 

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 World Vibes Congress participants and artists

on the last day of the event, June 29, 2011 

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Leigh Howard Stevens at

New Jersey High School Seminar Concert

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2012 Santa Fe Marimba Festival

 

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 Leigh Howard Stevens at

Indiana Marimba Seminar 2012

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 Bob Becker Xylophone Workshop

 

 Bob Becker with Jim Babor

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Bob Becker with Students

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Leigh Howard Stevens in Plano Texas concert July 10th 2012

 

 (Photos: Lauren Vogel Weiss)

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 Leigh Howard Stevens in Plano, Texas Class

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Ed Smith in Plano Texas Love Vibe Clinic

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                      Leigh Howard Stevens' Summer Marimba Seminar  2012

 

Ivan's duo "Into The Air"  

The piece was played at the 2012 Summer LHS Marimba Seminar.

Recorded by Ivan Trevino & Michael Burritt.

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Bob Becker Summer Seminar 2012

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 Leigh Howard Stevens

performance at Holy Spirit Church 

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  Leigh Howard Stevens with students

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  Leigh Howard Stevens with employees from Malletech

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Perry High School

Group Ensemble

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