Clarice Assad


(2019) Kaleidoscope

For Solo Marimba

Duration: 5 minutes | Commissioned by Mika Stoltzman

About this work:

I have long been fascinated by the symmetrical visual patterns created by kaleidoscopes.  Its colored pieces of glass in rotation can create the illusion of a thousand images, resulting in an ever-changing view. However, the concept behind it – the elements that create the illusion – is pretty simple.  With this idea in mind, I set out to write this work for marimbist Mika Stoltzman, whose craftsmanship and musicality are of infinite beauty and imagination.  Here, the visual cell blocks that make up the kaleidoscopic dream are performed by the musician as a wide palette of sounds and subtle, constant harmonic and rhythmic change.

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