2017 Concerts


- Join us for phenomenal solo and chamber music performances centered on the marimba, vibraphone and percussion. Musical styles will span classical, recent compositions, jazz, folk and pop.

Evening concerts at Nicholas Music Center
6:45 Pre-Concert Talk | 7:30 Concert
- July 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14 (details below)

- July 15 concert at Shindell Choral Hall
1:00-5:00 pm, Mortensen Hall

Parking during concerts
Lot 74A or Lot 82

- Evening concerts: $15.00/general admission; $10.00 students and seniors. Afternoon concert (July 15): $5.00/all
- Advance sales by credit card here. (will reopen in June 2017)
- Cash & credit cards accepted at each event. Sales begin 45' prior to event.

Performer biographies
ZMF 2017 Faculty & Guests

About the Marimba


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Sunday, JULY 2 - 7:30 PM
6:45 pm - Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - hosted by Nancy Zeltsman

Opening night of the ZMF 2017 Concert Series will feature two well-known mallet artists based in New York City playing with small groups.

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Ian Rosenbaum, Showcase Artist
PUBLIQuartet (Concert Artists Guild Winners)
Curtis Stewart, violin
Jannina Norpoth, violin
Nick Revel, viola
Amanda Gookin, cello

LIgNEouS Suite by Andy Akiho

Christos Rafalides, Faculty
Mike Pope, bass
Mauricio Zottarelli
, drums

Greek vibraphonist Rafalides, American bassist Mike Pope, and Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli will perform songs from their 2016 album, Near & Dear: arrangements of classic compositions from the Great American Songbook along with orginal tunes. "The vibraphone trio has a unique sound, not as widely heard as piano or guitar trios." (CR)

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Wednesday, JULY 5 - 7:30 PM
6:45 pm - Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - hosted by Mike Truesdell

Yaniv Yacoby, Showcase Artist
with Chase Morrin, piano (L, in photo)

Israeli marimbist Yaniv Yacoby and pianist Chase Morrin will perform selections from their jointly-composed project, The Corn Knight: a collection of short pieces informed by a fictional narrative.

Stylistically, it draws from Irish and American folk, jazz, and Western classical traditions. The structure is mostly through-composed, but the details---such as ornaments, grooving patterns, and sometimes entire melodies---are improvised.

Ria Ideta, Faculty
with Karl Paulnack, piano (see below)

Ria Ideta is a masterful musical artist who has rarely been heard in the U.S. Based in Berlin, she performs more than 50 concerts annually throughout Europe, earning much attention in every location.

Her ZMF recital will feature adaptations of music by Stravinsky, Ravel, de Fa
lla and Stanley Myers, as well as excerpts from Concerto for Marimba by Israeli composer Ohad Ben-Ari which she premiered with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014.

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Friday, JULY 7 - 6:45 PM
This will be a four-part program beginning at 6:45 & ending by 11pm. We hope you will join us for a very special journey (with many breaks)!

Karl Paulnack - guest speaker: The Power of Music
Dr. Paulnack's thoughts on music have appeared in six languages, on over 100,000 websites, and in program books of orchestras and concert series around the world. In 2009, Linda Ronstadt quoted him during her testimony to the U.S. Congress on behalf of funding for the arts.

Mike Truesdell, Faculty
Rutgers' own faculty member Mike Truesdell will perform his program Reflections--pieces that explore the process and product of inspiration--including music of Molly Joyce, Theodore Wiprud, Stuart Saunders Smith, Kevin Puts, and more.

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Nanae Mimura, Faculty
Acclaimed Japanese marimba artist Nanae Mimura's solo program will feature compositions recorded on her latest CD on Octavio Records: Marimba Crystal--Prayer including works by J.S. Bach, Anna Ignatowicz, Keith Jarrett, & Takashi Yoshimatsu.

Canto Ostinato - Simeon ten Holt
This Dutch minimalist work (for open instrumentation) is a huge favorite of classical/contemporary audiences in the Netherlands. We are excited to introduce it in the U.S.!

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Saturday, JULY 8 - 7:30 PM
6:45 pm - Pre-concert talk with artists - hosted by Jack Van Geem

ZMF Soloists & Ensembles
Both parts of tonight's program feature works from (or influenced by) the classical, contemporary, and Latin idioms. The first will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Aldridge, Christos Rafalides, Tite Curet Alonso and more.

Svet Stoyanov
, Faculty
Bulgarian-born percussionist, Svet Stoyanov, now based in Miami, has been praised for his "understated but unmistakable virtuosity." (The New York Times)

His program will feature works of J.S. Bach (Chaconne), Steve Reich (Electric Counterpoint), and Alejandro Vinao (Khan Variations).

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Monday, JULY 10 - 7:30 PM
6:45 pm - Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - hosted by Mike Truesdell. This will be a 3-part program (with breaks) ending around 10pm.

Nancy Zeltsman, Faculty
Fantasia for Marimba - Zeltsman`s solo set will feature works by Peter Maxwell Davies, NJ-based composers Harold Oliver, Steven Mackey and Robert Aldridge, and others.

Van Geem & Zeltsman Duo
A duo set features premiere adaptations for marimba duo (pieces originally for piano): Sonata No. 1 by Roger Sessions, Music for Piano by Irving Fine, and the beloved Shaker song Simple Gifts.

Jack Van Geem, Faculty
Music of Argentina - Van Geem`s solo set will bring the evening to a rousing close with music of Astor Piazzolla, Maximo Pujol and more!

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Wednesday, JULY 12 - 7:30 PM
6:45 pm - Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - hosted by Jack Van Geem

Mark Haygood, Showcase Artist

"Theater percussion" has seen a rise in recent years as a fascinating vehicle that can get at the heart of musical expression. A quiet person by nature, Haygood nevertheless possesses a compelling presence and special gift in this arena. His program will include works by Stuart Saunders Smith, Mark Applebaum, Casey Cangelosi, and James Rolfe.

Haygood is a graduate of San Jose State University (BM) and The Boston Conservatory (MM'16).

Sven Hoscheit
, Showcase Artist

Luxembourgish percussionist Sven Hoscheit won the Press Prize and 3rd Prize at the 2016 Tromp International Percussion Competition. His special program for ZMF will feature some of the works performed during the competition by Jacob Druckman, Iannis Xenakis, and Astor Piazzolla, as well as works by Arnold Marinissen, Franz Liszt and Daniel Levitan.

Hoscheit is currently a masters student at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and a freelance percussionist in Holland and Luxembourg.


Friday, JULY 14 - 7:30 PM
6:45 pm - Pre-concert talk with tonight's artists - hosted by Nancy Zeltsman

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ZMF Ensembles

The evening will open with ZMF 2017 participants performing ensemble works coached by faculty including
Woodcuts (After Satie) composed by Zeltsman, and other works TBA.

I.N.K. Experiment Duo
Ivana Kuljeric Bilic, Faculty & Nikola Krbanyebitch, percussion

The second half of the evening will feature I.N.K. Experiment: a percussion duo project born from the idea of multicultural interaction and artistic freedom. Inspired by their roots (Serbian-Croatian-French), Ivana Kuljeric Bilic and Nikola Krbanyevitch aim to express themselves through improvisation and reinterpretation of pieces ranging from folk and classical to contemporary experimental music.


Saturday, JULY 15 - 1:00-5:00 PM

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ZMF Participants Marathon Concert
Shindell Choral Hall

ZMF 2017 will wrap up with a celebration of the fabulous musicians who have studied in the program over the past two weeks. More than 40 young solo and chamber musicians from across the U.S. and around the world will perform.

Program TBA


All programs may be subject to change.

Jack Van Geem & Nancy Zeltsman photos: Claudia Hansen
Mark Haygood photo: Una Cheng

© Zeltsman Marimba Festival 2017