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by Daniel Heagney

Daniel Heagney's debut album shows off the diversity of this captivating performer. Collision features the world premiere recordings of Peter Klatzow's "Etudes for Solo Marimba" and Brett William Dietz's overwhelming solo percussion work, "Nocturne".
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1. Juggler
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2. Play of Triads
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3. Melodic Mirage
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4. Incantation
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5. Dazzle
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6. Whisper of Cypresses, Play of Water
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7. Apollo's Touch
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8. See Ya Thursday
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Album Notes
Daniel Heagney's debut album "Collision" provides the listener with a wide variety of solo percussion music. It includes the world premiere recordings of Peter Klatzow's "Etudes for Solo Marimba" and Brett William Dietz's epic multiple percussion solo "Nocturne". The Album is rounded out with Rodney Sharman's beautiful vibraphone solo "Apollo's Touch" and Steven Mackey's famous marimba work "See Ya Thursday".

Review of Collision from the Percussive Arts Society September issue of Percussive Notes:

It is always exciting to hear a young performer who is able to maneuver easily between a variety of styles and instruments with a unique maturity that is appreciated. Containing three works for keyboard percussion and one for multiple percussion, Daniel Heagney has produced a CD that should be recommended listening for those interested in both new repertoire and sensitive interpretation across a variety of percussion instruments.

Composed for two, three, and four mallets, Peter Klatzow’s “Etudes for Marimba” is a six-movement work that explores contrasting musical ideas and technical concepts on the instrument. These concepts range from the application of broken octaves to advanced polyrhythms. Commissioned by Heagney, each short movement is beautifully composed and performed. I hope this becomes a standard work on graduate student and professional marimba recitals.

Rodney Sharman’s “Apollo’s Touch” is a quiet and intimate work for solo vibraphone. Seventeen minutes in length, it is the longest selection on the CD. Meandering freely between tonality and atonality, it produces a trancelike listening experience. While some of the pedaling of longer melodic lines gets a little blurry, Heagney’s attention to detail renders a sensitive and affective performance.

Steven Mackey’s “See Ya Thursday” serves as a showcase for both the performer’s technical and musical skill. Heagney displays this as the somewhat quirky musical lines are presented with clarity and intrigue.

Scored for a variety of percussion instruments (bongos, tambourine, bass drum, cowbells, wind chimes, and tubular bells) and voice (percussion-like bursts of yelling), Brett Dietz’s “Nocturne” is the most compelling work on the CD. The dialogue between various timbres almost gives the impression of a percussion ensemble piece. The introduction, disappearance, and subsequent reappearance of sonic material throughout clearly delineate the form and keeps the listener engaged.

Heagney’s strength as an interpreter is his sensitivity and patience in shaping each line, melodic or rhythmic, in a way that keeps the listener from being either bored or overwhelmed.

—Jason Baker



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