UMD Percussion Ensemble with the Congressional Chorus!

The University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble has been invited to collaborate with the Congressional Chorus for their November 11 concert at the Church of the Epiphany downtown Washington, DC. The ensemble will be featured on works for chorus, dancers, and percussion. More details can be found at the Congressional Chorus website.

21st Century Consort

Dr. Lee Hinkle has been invited to play percussion for the season with the 21st Century Consort; the resident new music ensemble at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Thanks to a National Endowment for the Arts grant you can listen to any 21st Century Consort concerts at their website where you can also find more information about the ensemble and purchase tickets for upcoming concerts.

Cycling across the US this summer!

Dr. Hinkle will be cycling across the country this summer on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. The trail was established in 1976 for Adventure Cycling Association’s celebration of the U.S. bicentennial. To this day, it remains one of the most used bicycle routes in the world.

You can follow Dr. Hinkle’s adventures here.

Headed out on the 4,241 mile epic journey!

Recording my first solo CD

I’ve been working hard on my new solo CD which will be entitled “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion.” The recordings have been going well with my first session last weekend and the second one this coming weekend. I hope to get Stuart Saunders Smith’s The Authors a marimba opera and Georges Aperghis’ Le Corps a Corps for solo zarb and speaking voice done by the end of next weekends’ sessions. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, here’s a link to a video of an old performance of the Aperghis. I’m recording the CD in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s stunning Dekelboum Concert Hall which is making my marimba sound killer!

UM Percussion Day moved to Spring 2012

The annual UM Percussion Day will be held in the spring semester 2012 at the University of Maryland School of Music in the band room (#2540) within the beautiful Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The day will feature UM faculty and guest artists and is free for any and all DC area percussionists, band directors, parents, and / or percussion groupies! Stay tuned here for updates!

Sensory Overload

Dr. Hinkle performed at Sensory Overload in Tampa, FL on March 26; an event that prides itself on a diverse range of different artistic practices all smooshed together into a 4 hour marathon show. The event took place at Tampa’s new Glazer Children’s Museum. Dr. Hinkle presented his new composition entitled “Sit Down and Face the Music” for prerecorded video, djembe, kick drum, and six bicycle bells.

MD / DE Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion

The MD / DE Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion was held at Goucher College on February 13. Dr. Hinkle presented a masterclass entitled “Theatrical Music for Solo Percussion.” The masterclass included a performance of Stuart Saunders Smith’s “The Authors” a marimba opera and a discussion of theatrical music for solo percussion in general.

Dr. Hinkle also performed on a masterclass with Janis Potter entitled “Piano Transcriptions for Marimba” in which Ms. Potter discussed the various techniques for transcribing versus arranging piano music for marimba. Ms. Potter and Dr. Hinkle performed Nicholas Wheeler’s “De Falla Fantasy” for marimba duo as part of the class.

Thanks very much to all of the officers of the MD / DE chapter for their hard work in putting this event together, especially chapter president Michelle Humphries!