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Lost In The Beauty Of It All

by Wind & Fire: Mark Holland & N. Scott Robinson

- Cedar 'n' Sage Music CS 7517 (2013)

15 tracks - 52" of music!

Produced by Mark Holland & N. Scott Robinson

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Second recording featuring Native American & world flute player Mark Holland (on Native American single & dual chamber flutes, Anasazi flute, bansuri, quena, bone flute, animal horn flute, vocals, & sound effects) and world percussionist N. Scott Robinson on 42 instruments (on kanjira, lap style frame drum, freehand frame drum, tar, berimbau, mbira dza vadzimu in Dambatsoko & Dongonda tunings, sanza, kalimba, udus, hadgini, hang, caxixi, 4 tracks of vocals, donso ngoni, Milltone metal slit drum, water percussion, woodpecker frame drums, cricket calls, starling call, idi/ideh & Togo seed rattles, foot maraca, Kimerism tongue gongs, nipple gong & water gong, Paiste tam-tam, Chinese Chau gong, spring drums, gourd scrape, gourd water drums, djembe with grass brushes, triangles, dan moi). Guest musician: K.S. Resmi (iTanpura & Carnatic vocal).

 

Wind & Fire

by Mark Holland & N. Scott Robinson on Cedar 'n' Sage Music CS 7514 (2009)

16 tracks, 73" of music.

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N. Scott Robinson's first recorded work with Wind & Fire featuring Mark Holland. Released April 2009 and features Mark Holland on 20 Native American flutes (single & dual chambers & Anasazi) & 3 world flutes (Andean quena, Chinese dizi & Indian bansuri). N. Scott Robinson is featured on 30 different instruments including kanjira, bodhran, ghaval, riqq, 3 berimbau, tabla, sruti box, didjeridu, donso ngoni, mbira dza vadzimu, sanza, udu, Tuvan overtone singing, Milltone metal slit drum, caxixi, hindewhu, vocals, konnakol, delay, hi-hat, and a variety of colorful percussion. Guest musicians: Cory Edwards - piano & Ranya Iqbal - cello.

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Things That Happen Fast
by N. Scott Robinson on New World View Music NWVM-CD 02

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N. Scott Robinson's second CD features more composed pieces, adventurous solos, and interesting combinations of instruments. He is joined by gifted percussionist Nolan Warden, world horn player Joe Kaminski, hammer dulcimer virtuoso Malcolm Dalglish, and vocalist Moira Smiley. Ethnic world-jazz style.

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World View
by N. Scott Robinson on New World View Music NWVM CD-01

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N. Scott Robinson's first CD features performances on sanza, riq, frame drum, ghaval, tabla, overtone singing, berimbau, donso ngoni, steel pan, congas, cymbals, bells, and percussion. He is joined by Michael Ghegan, Glen Fittin, Kevin Coyle, Robert "Tigger" Benford, Larry Barbee, Vince Giardina, Endo Yoshiharu, Naoyuki "Taro" Irie, and Ichiro Yamamoto. Ethnic world-jazz style.

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Scores

NOTE: To hear audio samples of scores, click on each of the MP3 Samples below. SCORE SAMPLES are examples of the notation at the beginning of each score. MP3 SAMPLES are examples of each piece from a different section than the score sample. VIDEO SAMPLES are performances by various ensembles.

The first four tambourine pieces below can also be performed as: Suite for Tambourines (2 players, 15 minutes):

I. Mirage - II. Shaken, Not Stirred - III. Il Mano - IV. Bear Talk

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Mirage - Score, CD & 2 Parts
Duet for riq (Arab tambourines)


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A duo for the riq (Arab tambourine) that involves different grips and playing positions with shaking, soft position, jingle strokes, and interlocking rhythms. Great way to end a concert! A recording of this piece is featured on N. Scott Robinson's 1st CD World View. Score, extra score, 2 parts & CD. Duration: 5-6 minutes. Level: Beginner/intermediate.

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Shaken, Not Stirred - Score & CD
Solo for riq (Arab tambourine)


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A solo for the riq (Arab tambourine) that involves different grips and playing positions with shaking, soft position, jingle strokes, cross-rhythms. A recording of this piece is featured on N. Scott Robinson's 2nd CD Things That Happen Fast. Score & CD. Duration: 3-4 minutes. Level: Advanced.

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Il Mano - Score & CD
Solo for tamburello (southern Italian tambourine or Mediterr-Asian tambourine)


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Challenging solo in 7 beats for tamburello (southern Italian tambourine), which also makes use of Mediterr-Asian tambourine techniques (Italian tamburello, Arab riq soft position, and Indian kanjira pitch bends). A recording of this piece is featured on N. Scott Robinson's 2nd CD Things That Happen Fast. Score & CD. Duration: 2-3 minutes. Level: Advanced.

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Bear Talk - Score, CD & 2 Parts
Duet for pandeiro (Brazilian tambourines)


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Duo for 2 pandeiro (Brazilian tambourines). This piece utilizes the older turning playing style of samba and the lifting playing style of capoeira, with interlocking rhythms in 2, 9, and 5 beats. Excellent recital piece. A recording of this piece is featured on N. Scott Robinson's 2nd CD Things That Happen Fast. Score, extra score, 2 parts & CD. Duration: 3-4 minutes. Level: Intermediate/advanced.

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Handful - Score & CD
Solo for bendir (Moroccan buzzing frame drum) & foot maraca


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Solo piece for the bendir with foot maraca part. In 3 beats with passages for virtuoso extended technique. This piece uses multiple simultaneous layers of 3 beat rhythm cycles (3/2, 3/4, and 2:3), fast Indian subdivisions, and a section in Brazilian samba feel in 3 beats. A recording of this piece is featured on N. Scott Robinson's 2nd CD Things That Happen Fast. Score & CD. Duration: 3-5 minutes. Level: Advanced.

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Sankofa - Score & 7 Parts
For West African Style Drums, Rattles & Bells

(3 congas, djembe, toke bell, gankogui, shekere)


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West African style polyrhythmic piece for 7 percussionists. Great entry level piece for learning ensemble interlocking and West African style polyrhythmic playing. Score & 7 parts. Duration: 5 minutes. Level: Beginner/intermediate. Sankofa can be performed in direct segue from the piece below Ghanaba Celebration. Commissioned by Tim Sestrick for the Gettysburg College Contemporary & World Percussion Ensemble.

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Ghanaba Celebration - Score & 3 Parts
Chant for Percussion Ensemble (voices & hand clapping - 3 parts)


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West African style polyrhythmic piece for percussion ensemble divided into 3 sections. Great entry level piece for learning ensemble interlocking with a West African style chant. An excellent piece to start or end a concert with the ensemble walking on or off stage while performing. Score & 3 parts. Duration: 5 minutes. Level: Beginner/intermediate. Ghanaba Celebration can be performed with a direct segue to the piece above Sankofa. Commissioned by Tim Sestrick for the Gettysburg College Contemporary & World Percussion Ensemble.

 

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Trio for Ogun - Score, CD & 6 Parts
Sextet for 3 congas & 3 conch shells


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This piece can be performed by 3 conga players (quinto, conga, and tumba), or as a sextet with the addition of 3 conch shells. This piece is in a Steve Reich minimalist style and has sections for stick and hand and hands only for the conga parts. Rhythmic phrases in 6 and 8 beats with conch shell/trumpet rhythmic counter-melodies. The drum parts interlock to form a a melody. A recording of this piece is featured on N. Scott Robinson's 2nd CD Things That Happen Fast. Score, 6 parts & CD. Duration: 7-8 minutes. Level: Intermediate/advanced.

 

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Global Positions - Score
Solo for ghaval (Azerbaijani tambourine)


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A solo for the Azerbaijani tambourine called ghaval. This piece makes use of modern cross-cultural frame drum techniques, European, Oriental, and knee playing positions, snapping, South Indian techniques, cross-rhythms, independence, and shaking. Score. Duration: 4-5 Minutes. Level: Intermediate-Advanced. Commissioned & premiered by Robert E. Parks, Jr. in Kentucky in 2004.

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Well in Hand - Score & Study Score
Solo for kanjira (South Indian tambourine)


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Solo for kanjira (South Indian tambourine) that makes use of some traditional South Indian rhythmic phrasing from Carnatic music. An etude for learning kanjira technique! Score & Study Score (with syllables). Duration: 3-4 minutes. Level: Advanced.

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Orisha Offering - Score & 3 Parts
Trio for 3 congas with 3 hands & 3 brushes


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This piece can be performed by 3 (or 6 by doubling each part) conga players (quinto, conga, and tumba). This piece is in a Steve Reich minimalist style and features a unique technique throughout - 1 brush in 1 hand with 1 hand bare. Rhythmic phrases in 9, 11, and 8 beats interlock to form melodies. Score & 3 parts. Duration: 7-8 minutes. Level: Intermediate/advanced. Commissioned by Jim Campbell. World premeire by University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble at PASIC 2004 in Nashville, TN.

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Interior Design - Score & 2 Parts
Ensemble for frame drums (tar & lap style bodhran) & solkattu

(can be performed with 2, 4, 6 or 8 players)


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Ensemble piece for frame drums (14" or 15" Egyptian tars & 18", 20" or 22" lap style bodhran) and solkattu (South Indian rhythmic solfege). Challenging patterns of 5 within a larger structure of 5 beats are a feature in this piece as well as contrapuntal frame drumming in 10, 8, and 7 beats. Score & 2 parts. Duration: 6-7 minutes. Level: Intermediate. Commissioned by Dr. Julia Gaines. World premeire by University of Missouri-Columbia World Percussion Ensemble, April 2006.

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Carnatic Variations - Score & 2 Parts
Ensemble for frame drums (tars & ap style bodhrans) & solkattu

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Ensemble piece for frame drums (14" or 15" Egyptian tars & 18", 20" or 22" lap style bodhrans) and solkattu (South Indian rhythmic solfege). Challenging patterns of 5 within a larger structure of 5 beats and Carnatic reduction phrases are a feature in this piece as well as contrapuntal frame drumming in 5 beats. Score & 2 parts. Duration: 6-7 minutes. Level: Intermediate/advanced. Commissioned by Dr. B. Michael Williams. World premeire by Winthrop University Percussion Ensemble, April 2009 in South Carolina.

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Hand Drumming: Exercises for Unifying Technique (for udu)

by N. Scott Robinson on Wright Hand Drum Co. WHD-001

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In this video, N. Scott Robinson presents his concept of Unifying Technique for Hand Drumming and demonstrates how to apply this idea to the udu drums made by the Wright Hand Drum Co.

This video is eighty minutes long and is divided into four sections:

Part 1 - Sounds, Strokes & Rhythm

Part 2 - India and Extended Technique

Part 3 - Rhythms of Brazil, The Caribbean, Cuba, and West Africa

Part 4 - Performance by world music group Cushetunk

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