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Adam Silverman: Percussion Music

by Adam Silverman

Spanning thirteen years of music, this stunning retrospective is a collection of Adam Silverman's compositions for percussion ensemble.
Genre: Classical: Percussion Ensemble
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sparklefrog
Adam Silverman & Florida State University Percussion Ensemble
11:06 $0.99
2. Quick Blood
Adam Silverman & Florida State University Percussion Ensemble
4:46 $0.99
3. Naked and On Fire
Adam Silverman & Florida State University Percussion Ensemble
6:48 $0.99
4. Gasoline Rainbow
Adam Silverman & Florida State University Percussion Ensemble
8:44 $0.99
5. Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink: I. Spiral Threads of Vital Spirit
Adam Silverman, Scott Herring & University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble
5:53 $0.99
6. Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink: II. Glowing
Adam Silverman, University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble & Scott Herring
6:49 $0.99
7. Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink: III. On the Fabric of the Human Body
Adam Silverman, University of South Carolina Percussion Ensemble & Scott Herring
8:02 $0.99
8. Lightning Round
Adam Silverman & John Thomas III
1:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Sparklefrog” was recorded in November 2014, and was performed by Tripp Andre, Catherine Cole, Ben Fraley, Eleanor LeClair, John McGovern, Nick Stevens, Tyler Tolles, and Ben Tomlinson.

"Quick Blood" was recorded in November 2014, and was performed by Chase Banks, Catherine Cole, Eleanor LeClair, and Nick Stevens.

"Naked And On Fire" was recorded in October 2011, and was performed by Tommy Dobbs, Matt Filosa, Gordon Hicken, Matt Jordan, Melinda Leoce, and Luis Rivera. This work was originally released on Garnet House’s "FSU Percussion Ensemble, Vol. 2: Not Far From Here," and is re-issued here with permission.

"Gasoline Rainbow" was recorded in April 2010, and was performed by Sean Fassig, Sarah Gartin, Eric Hopkins, Stephen Kehner, D. J. Palmire, Austin Pelella, Stephanie Prestigiacomo, Connor Stevens, and Sidonie Wade. This work was originally released on Garnet House’s "FSU Percussion Ensemble, Vol. 1," and is re-issued here with permission.

"Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink" was recorded in August 2014, and was performed by marimbist Scott Herring with ensemble members Levi Cull, Brennan Davis, Cory Fica, Brett Landry, Aaron Railey, Ben Tomlinson and Jeffrey Vaughn. This work was originally released on Scott Herring’s CD "Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink: Works for Solo Marimba and Percussion Ensemble," and is re-issued here with permission.

"Lightning Round" was recorded in November 2014, and was performed by marimbist John Thomas III.

This recording was made possible in part by grants from the Philadelphia Chapter of The American Composers Forum and from the West Chester University School of Music. Thanks are due to the performers listed above, to the generous commissioners of Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink and Sparklefrog (too many to list here, but they are printed in the sheet music), to Paul Fadoul and the members of Battery Four percussion for commissioning Quick Blood, and to Scott Herring, Phillip O’Banion, Gene Koshinski, Dave Hall, James Armstrong and Brian Nozny for editorial and recording assistance with Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink." For everything else, as always, unending gratitude goes to John W. Parks IV, about whom “made this recording possible” cannot be used to literally, too figuratively, or in too many ways.

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Adam Silverman (born 1973 in Atlanta, GA) is a composer who lives in Swarthmore, PA. He teaches music composition, theory, songwriting and orchestration as Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University and works actively creating new compositions that are performed on concerts worldwide.

Silverman's compositions feature a broad variety of instrumental and vocal settings, and his most frequently performed works have been for opera, percussion ensemble, cello (including many compositions for accompanied and unaccompanied solo cello, and both original works and arrangements for cello choirs). Most recently, he has composed a string of concertos: one for saxophone and wind ensemble, one for marimba and wind ensemble, and a double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra.

As a youth, Silverman began his musical training as a pianist and taught himself to play guitar. By age 16, he was writing original songs and performing in local bars where, were he not in the band, he would have been refused entry as an underage patron. At college, he began to study classical music and composed his first works, studying at Tulane University, the University of Miami, The Vienna Musikhochshule, and earning graduate degrees at The Yale School of Music. He continued his training as a composer through participation at summer music festivals including Tanglewood, where he received the prestigious ASCAP-Leonard Bernstein Fellowship.

Silverman began his career in the early '00s as a founder of the Minimum Security Composers Collective, a group of four composers who combined the creation of new works with an entrepreneurial spirit that included concert production and promotion. With Minimum Security, Silverman collaborated with leading ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, for whom they composed an evening-length production that was featured on tour across America, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and other prominent venues. At this time, Silverman also began composing music for many of America's leading ensembles: ''Sturm'' for The Amelia Piano Trio, ''Kicking and Screaming'' for The Albany Symphony Chamber Orchestra, ''Ricochet'' for Strata and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, ''Corrie Q's Jigs and Reels'' (String Quartet No. 3) for the Corigliano Quartet, and many others.

Inspired by an exhibit on the children of the Holocaust at the Yad V'Shem Museum in Jerusalem, Silverman composed the opera ''Korczak's Orphans'' in collaboration with poet Susan Gubernat. This grand opera for a large cast of soloists, orchestra and children's choir, centers around the tragic heroism of a Jewish author and orphanage director in World War II Poland. It has been performed in staged and concert-workshops by New York City Opera, Real Time Opera, The Atlanta Young Singers, and The Brooklyn Opera Company. Silverman's second opera, ''Griselda e il Marchese di Saluzzo,'' is an Italian-language operatic "short" based on a tale from Boccaccio's ''The Decameron''; scored for just seven musicians, four soloists and a small women's choir, it was composed for International Opera Theater, and was performed in 2010 and 2011 in Philadelphia, in Pieve, Italy, and in Saluzzo, Italy - the town in which Griselda's story was set in Boccaccio's 14th century novella.

Silverman's dramatic music extends beyond opera. In collaboration with In Parenthesis Theater, he composed music for ''Le Colonel des Zouaves'' (2005), a Dadaist theater piece by French dramatist Olivier Cadiot, set for solo actor and men's chorus.

Two monograph recordings of Silverman's music are available: one of chamber compositions (2009, New Focus Recordings) and one of percussion music (2014, Calabaza Records). Individual compositions of his have also appeared on CDs by the Prism Saxophone Quartet, cellist Amy Sue Barston, The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, and others, all of which are widely available online.



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