Dominic Donato | Metalmorphosis - Music for Tamtams

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Metalmorphosis - Music for Tamtams

by Dominic Donato

Experimental Percussion Music for Tamtams with real-time sound manipulation and electronics. An eclectic mix of Avant Garde, Ambient, and Improvisation.
Genre: Avant Garde: Classical Avant-Garde
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  Song Share Time Download
1. One4
7:00 $1.00
2. Transmogrifications IV
8:47 $1.00
3. For Percussion Perhaps, Or...(night)
12:47 $1.00
4. Metallic Music
3:32 $1.00
12:11 $1.00
6. Hum
15:07 $1.00
7. Metalmorphosis
9:25 $1.00
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Album Notes
My interest in tamtams began when, while a young student at Stony Brook University, I stumbled upon a recording of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mikrophonie I in the Music Library. I had never heard anything quite like it and that recording opened my eyes and ears to the possibilities of music in general and tamtams specifically. It wasn't until years later, as a member of Talujon, that I began exploring the instrument seriously. The tamtam soon became my instrument of choice during our group improvisations.

In 2001 I decided to present a concert of all tamtam music which I called TAMTAM I. This concert featured James Tenney's Having Never Written a Note for Percussion and two versions of John Cage's One4 along with new pieces by Helen Lee and myself.

Since that concert I've commissioned and performed a number of compositions featuring tamtams from a number of very talented composers including Elizabeth Hoffman, Peter Jarvis, Stuart Jones, Arthur Kreiger, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks, and Barbara White. I've also written a number of pieces that feature tamtams, most recently in an ensemble context.

In 2006 I presented a second concert of all tamtam music (TAMTAM II) which featured new works by Jarvis, Jones, Ricks and myself as well as James Tenney's For Percussion Perhaps, Or…(night).

"Music for Tamtams - METALMORPHOSIS" is my first CD in the series. I hope to acquaint the listener with the enormous sonic potential found in these most fascinating of instruments.


DR. DOMINIC DONATO enjoys being a percussion soloist, chamber musician, composer and teacher. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and member of the Talujon Percussion Quartet, DoublePlay Percussion Duo and the Newband/Harry Partch Ensemble. In addition, he was staff percussionist for the Composers Conference at Wellesley College for over 20 years.

In 2007 Dr. Donato was selected by Meet the Composer as one of eight "Soloist Champions" in honor of his continuing commitment to new music and the solo percussion repertoire. Dr. Donato is Head of the Percussion Department and Artistic Director/Conductor of Contemporary Ensembles at the Conservatory of Music, Purchase College, SUNY.



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