Music

Morning Light

May 10, 2014 12:40 pm

Morning Light by Mark Ford is a four mallet solo scored for 5 octave marimba. The title refers to opening your eyes in the morning and making your dreams become reality.   Morning Light is included in my book, #MarimbaBaby. Morning Light is a delicate love song dedicated to my wife Ewelina and her mother Lucyna Bernacka.   It was first performed... View Article

Green Road Duo

May 10, 2014 12:39 pm

In 2010 I asked vibraphonist Ed Smith to collaborate with me on a duo version of my marimba solo, The Green Road: A Song for Peace.  Ed and I work at UNT together and I had long appreciated his musicianship and his beautiful vibraphone performances.  I was thrilled when he agreed!   Ed and I extended the form of the... View Article

Green Road: A Song for Peace

May 10, 2014 12:38 pm

In 2005 my student Akiko Goto was a huge help in editing my marimba method book.   In return for her many hours of assistance, she asked if I would write a marimba solo for her upcoming recital.    When I asked her what type of music she would prefer, she requested a “sweet” song.   Since I did not think... View Article

Motion Beyond

May 10, 2014 12:23 pm

Motion Beyond was written in 1998 and premiered at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention that year in Orlando, Florida. The solo marimba music is based on the concept of shifting ostinatos with a haunting theme that transforms throughout the work. The title refers to the forward motion of these swirling rhythms, as well as a desire to move ahead... View Article

Stealing a Moment – CD

May 10, 2014 11:42 am

Stealing A Moment is my third marimba CD released in 2012.  I wrote 5 of the 7 tracks on this CD and I was very pleased to record Dwayne Rice’s Concertino with the UNT Percussion Ensemble and Marcin Blazewicz’s Sonata.  Alto Saxophonist Ann Bradfield also performs with me on Wink, and Ed Smith plays his “Love Vibe” on The Green Road Duo.  ... View Article

Polaris

May 10, 2014 11:39 am

Polaris (1995) is a one movement solo based on a rhythmic theme in 7/8 meter.  It is my first solo marimba composition!  Set in a modified rondo form, two separate ostinatos help unify the music while themes from the opening chorale and allegro sections are developed.  As the North Star has served as a navigation reference for centuries, Polaris reflects... View Article

Motion Beyond

May 10, 2014 11:36 am

This is my second solo marimba CD that I recorded in the Lyric Hall on the campus of the University of North Texas in 2001.   I was so happy to have the opportunity to record David Maslanka’s Variations on Lost Love for the first time.   It had long been one of my favorite marimba solos.   David wrote this... View Article