Nine Lives

Nine Lives is a snare drum solo in the rudimental style based on a Turkish Romany “gypsy” rhythm called the Roman Havas?. The original rhythm is usually played on the darbuka/doumbek to accompany dancers.

Anthony Di Bartolo is a New Jersey-based percussionist, composer, and teacher. He holds a master's degree from Ithaca College where he studied performance and composition with Gordon Stout.

Nine Lives, for unaccompanied snare drum is based on a Turkish Romany “gypsy” rhythm called the Roman Havas?. This dance is usually in 9/8 meter and is known to be very expressive and enthusiastic. The original rhythm enters several times, yet should never feel over-played. Whether it is ornamented, accented differently, or stated in a different tempo, it is never the same. The player is encouraged to emphasize the phrasing of accents during these theme entrances to enhance the feel and truly make it “groove.” Between each of the theme statements are relevant interludes that are especially soloistic passages. These might be identified as breaks and have very dramatic phrasing implications and dynamics. Everything may be “overdone” and the performer should feel free to express it however it is heard in the moment.



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