by Rick Dior
Instrumentation: Glockenspiel, Xylophone (1 or 2), Chimes, Vibraphone, 3 marimbas—(2) 4-octave, (1) low C, 4 timpani, Drumset, Drums (concert snare drum, large marching bass drum, 2 congas, tenor drum or field drum with snares off, udu drum*, marching snare drum, bongos, surdo, small surdo, 14" concert tom, 2 djembes on a stand, darbuka, 32" or 36" bass drum with cymbals attached), Cymbals & gongs (gong, 2 large suspended cymbals, 18" crash cymbals, 20" crash cymbals, mounted second hi-hat for drumset player, large China cymbal), Accessories (3 pairs of claves, Brazilian tamborim, shekere, berimbau, large Brazilian triangle, concert triangle, 2 metal crashers, water phone or bowed cymbal, bass bow, small cowbell, medium shaker, agogo bells, medium metal shaker, high and low cowbell, foot clave or woodblock, wooden temple blocks, guiro, orchestral tambourine, slit drum with 6 pitches, 2 caxixi, djembe, 2 small caxixi, pandiero, paddle castanets, cuica)
In When Worlds Collide, the title couldn’t be more fitting. The multifaceted Rick Dior creates a mash up of numerous cultures and musical styles. The result is a tour de force in three movements as follows.
- Movement I: Ethnic Jazz Minimalism (4:45)
- Movement II: Afro-Brazil/European Bombast (5:20)
- Movement III: Afro-Cuban/Rudimental Fusion (9:45)
If played in its entirety, the total duration of the piece lasts around 20 minutes. At its core, When Worlds Collide is a groove-base composition containing several aspects of the World Music genre. Improvisation also plays a large role throughout the piece which can be configured to feature one or more soloists. (It would also be a great vehicle for featuring guest artists!)
The parts in this composition vary in skill level from rather basic to quite advanced. It can be treated as a solo feature for a talented drumset player or as a feature for the director performing on vibraphone and drumset. There’s plenty of room to make it your own and tailor it to the strengths of your own group.
When Worlds Collide ships in a professionally bound folio with a full-color cover, including individual parts on CD-ROM.