by Chad Heiny
Instrumentation: Percussion (splash cymbal, China cymbal, woodblock, cowbell, 2 bongos, field drum, 2 congas, kick drum), Drumset (splash cymbal, crash cymbal, hi-hat, ride cymbal, snare drum, rack tom, 2 floor toms, kick drum)
Chad Heiny’s Perched for drumset and multipercussion is a groovy, song-like duet that was written, as Chad describes, “to be a break from all the mental chatter that can distract us from living life to it’s fullest.”
The music is linear and melodic in nature, with both of the drumset and percussion parts playing unison lines on their respective drums. Because of these unison passages, this duet requires maximum cohesion from the performers. There are also moments for the players to improvise solo passages and, as in a jazz ensemble, “trade fours” and “trade twos.”
Perched was commissioned by Brett William Dietz and is dedicated to Brett and Stanton Moore who premiered the piece while Moore was drumset artist-in-residence at Louisiana State University.
Perched comes as a professionally printed and bound score and includes individual parts in PDF format for printing or for tablet viewing.