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Powerplant perform their new album – 24 Lies Per Second on Saturday 15 June 2013

24 Lies per secondOn Saturday 15 June Powerplant perform the new album – 24 Lies Per Second – complete and live, at Bishopsgate Institute as part of Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in East London. Inspired by ex-presidents, Austrian film-maker Michael Haneke and the Amen Break the show features new music by British composers Graham Fitkin, Max de Wardener, Dominic Murcott and Matthew Fairclough, alongside early works by American pioneers Conlon Nancarrow and Steve Reich. With sound design by Matthew Fairclough and visuals by Kathy Hinde, plus a selection of voyages from Gabriel Prokofiev’s Import/Export – suite for global junk, we hope you can join us. More details and tickets here. Facebook users can join here tickets from £5 upwards.

New Album - 24 Lies Per Second

Musician’s Friend and Woodwind and Brasswind are now stocking Xylosynths!

Musician’s Friend are an online retailer predominantly for North and South America. Educators and Band Directors, you may already have an account with Woodwind and Brasswind so ordering a Xylosynth could not be easier for you,  as well as other musicians who can order through Musician’s Friend.
Take a look at the Xylosynths currently available here: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/search.jsp?Ntt=xylosynth and http://www.wwbw.com/

You can still order through Lonestar for a ‘System Blue’ Xylosynth.

Royal Northern College of Music

Will Wernick and Simone Rebello, the new Director of Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music enjoying the recent Day of Percussion at the college

Will Wernick and Simone Rebello, the new Director of Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music enjoying the recent Day of Percussion at the college

Thank-you to Simone Rebello, the new Director of Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music for co-ordinating a highly successful and enjoyable Day of Percussion at the college last Sunday. We had great interest from teachers and pit players who could envisage their professional life being enhanced by the convenience of a Xylosynth. We also showed off our latest project, the Xyloteq, a range of physically modelled sounds for the percussionist. Watch this space.

RNCM Day of Percussion

We will be attending the RNCM Day of Percussion on 10th February 2013 in Manchester (UK) where we look forward to seeing, among other artists, ensemblebash. For more information see http://www.rncm.ac.uk/whats-on/events/festival-overview/rncm-day-of-percussion/

Chain of Command – Joby Burgess

Check out this new video from Joby Burgess  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKVs-7WTLlM

A clever piece of music re Guantanamo.

Teymuralp Merter Fosforoglu

We spent a great day with Teymuralp when he came over from Turkey to buy a Xylosynth. He wasn’t exactly sure what he wanted beforehand and as we make everything to order we were very pleased to custom make his Xylosynth from a basic 3 Octave Bubinga by adding a button control panel and sounds with display while he waited.

Teymuralp and Will

Orphy Robinson

We are privileged to tell you that Orphy Robinson is now the proud owner of a folding 4 Octave Bubinga Xylosynth. For those that have not heard of him he recently played on the Nigel Kennedy Tour in Germany last year on a Xylosynth hired from Preissler Music. Liking the instrument so much he saved up an bought one for himself. Here’s a few words from this great Vibraphonist on receipt of the instrument: ‘Yes the Xylosynth arrived and it looks and plays great. I have already used it on a couple of gigs, one in the Chapel at Kings College in the Strand where it fitted in well in the ensemble allowing me to use three sounds Vibes/Marimba and Balafon – I was very grateful I didn’t have to cart around those instruments at the venue. The next date was a Jazz quartet in Oxford where I only used a Vibes sound. Thank you for doing such a great job with the Xylosynth and I look forward to many years of making music with it’.

Arranger For the World Champion Winter Guard International

Jim Wunderlich had a few words to say after helping The Riverside Community College (RCC) win the 2012 World Championships, the WGI. He is the arranger/composer for the percussion section and has these words to say:

The Xylosynth allows RCC to access synth sounds in a different manner than a traditional synth, allowing for a more percussive approach to synth playing. The quick movement to the mounted Xylosynth by any mallet keyboard player, and the durability of the product, have helped us present our musical arrangements in an exciting, more accessible manner! Thank You!

One’s not Enough

Manu Delago at the warm up of the Björk’s Biophilia tour in Manchester, UK, last year. He is touring worldwide as Björk’s Xylosynth player. More news to come about what he plans to do with his own Xylosynth (he had to get one for himself as Björk’s Xylosynth is always stored in a container). Check out his website http://www.manudelago.com/

WGI 2012

We wish all the best to our Xylosynth players at this year’s Winter Guard International (WGI) Championships in Dayton Ohio, USA. These include Tyler Junior College, Rhythm X, Riverside Community College, Ayala HS, Walled Lake Central HS, Centerville HS, Petal HS, Pioneer Indoor and San Diego State University. Sorry if we have missed anyone out.