Boom! International Festival of Percussion presents

The Marimba: Sustain And Legato - Myth?

Masterclass

3 Oct 2022

Unlike its percussive cousins, the vibraphone and glockenspiel, the wooden marimba doesn’t possess a long sustain. So how does a player essentially create the illusion of ‘long notes’ and legato?

In this masterclass, award-winning percussionist and composer, Timothy Constable, discusses and demonstrates how he approaches this intriguing conundrum.

Young players will be invited to participate in the masterclass.

If you have access needs, please call the Box Office on 02 9061 5344 to book tickets.

Timothy Constable is an award-winning percussionist and composer, and has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2014. A compelling, creative, and sensitive performer, he has performed as concerto and chamber music soloist at most of the Australian classical music festivals, as well as in New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, the UK, Ireland, Senegal, the USA, China, Korea, Nepal, and South-East Asia.

He was the artistic director of Synergy Percussion between 2009 and 2017, during which time the group undertook some of its most ambitious work, including the 40th anniversary season in 2014, and extensive collaboration with renowned ensemble, Noreum Machi (South Korea), commissions of music by Steve Reich and Anthony Pateras, several recordings, and the video project, 40under40.

His commissions have include compositions for Omer Backley-Astrachan (Maholohet Festival, Israel) and Orava String Quartet (Australian Festival of Chamber Music), as well as Cinemusica (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Ordinary Time and Spirals (Southern Cross Soloists), and numerous works for Noreum Machi, Synergy Percussion, and Taikoz. Contemporary dance score credits include Meryl Tankard, Shaun Parker, Legs on the Wall, and Dance Makers Collective.

He is committed to both new and ancient music, with a large body of world and Australasian premieres to his name, including Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, György Ligeti’s Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel (with pipes, drums, and fiddles), Anthony Pateras’s Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All and Flesh and Ghost, and music by Simon Holt, Lisa Lim, Arvo Pärt, and Gerard Brophy, among others. In the realm of ancient music, he has studied with Senegalese master drummer, Aly N’Dyiaye Rose, and studied Korean Jangoo with Kim Yeong-Taek and Kim Chong-Hee.

Timothy is a Freedman music fellow, an Elizabethan Theatre Trust scholar, a university medallist of Newcastle University, and a graduate of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Presenting Artist Timothy Constable

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Everest Theatre

Mon 3 Oct 1:30pm

90 minutes (no interval). 

All Tickets $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

The Marimba: Sustain and Legato - Myth? is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 16+. Contains dynamic music. Flash photography prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

Timothy Constable is an award-winning percussionist and composer, and has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2014. A compelling, creative, and sensitive performer, he has performed as concerto and chamber music soloist at most of the Australian classical music festivals, as well as in New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, the UK, Ireland, Senegal, the USA, China, Korea, Nepal, and South-East Asia.

He was the artistic director of Synergy Percussion between 2009 and 2017, during which time the group undertook some of its most ambitious work, including the 40th anniversary season in 2014, and extensive collaboration with renowned ensemble, Noreum Machi (South Korea), commissions of music by Steve Reich and Anthony Pateras, several recordings, and the video project, 40under40.

His commissions have include compositions for Omer Backley-Astrachan (Maholohet Festival, Israel) and Orava String Quartet (Australian Festival of Chamber Music), as well as Cinemusica (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Ordinary Time and Spirals (Southern Cross Soloists), and numerous works for Noreum Machi, Synergy Percussion, and Taikoz. Contemporary dance score credits include Meryl Tankard, Shaun Parker, Legs on the Wall, and Dance Makers Collective.

He is committed to both new and ancient music, with a large body of world and Australasian premieres to his name, including Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet, György Ligeti’s Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel (with pipes, drums, and fiddles), Anthony Pateras’s Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All and Flesh and Ghost, and music by Simon Holt, Lisa Lim, Arvo Pärt, and Gerard Brophy, among others. In the realm of ancient music, he has studied with Senegalese master drummer, Aly N’Dyiaye Rose, and studied Korean Jangoo with Kim Yeong-Taek and Kim Chong-Hee.

Timothy is a Freedman music fellow, an Elizabethan Theatre Trust scholar, a university medallist of Newcastle University, and a graduate of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Everest Theatre

Mon 3 Oct 1:30pm

90 minutes (no interval). 

All Tickets $20

$6 transaction fee applies.

If you are booking with a Parents NSW voucher, please note multiple vouchers can be used per transaction, up to a total transaction amount of $250. Vouchers can only be redeemed when booking online. Read more.

The Marimba: Sustain and Legato - Myth? is available to purchase as part of a Boom! Festival Pass. Buy a Festival Pass to access all seven days of Boom! events at Seymour Centre and Sydney Town Hall, excluding participant access to workshops, for a total price of just $350 (adult price), $300 (concession price), or $250 (full-time student price).

Recommended for ages 16+. Contains dynamic music. Flash photography prohibited. 

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Seymour Centre. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

Presenting Artist Timothy Constable

We are a registered COVID-Safe business with measures in place to make your next Seymour visit safe and enjoyable. You can find out more about our safety measures here, and we will also send safety information directly to you prior to your visit. To ensure we can reach you, we recommend checking that your contact information is up to date.

Program details for this event are subject to change. If any changes are made, this page will be updated accordingly. Please check back for the latest information before your event.

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