International Katarzyna Myćka
Marimba Academy with an overwhelming response
For the first time the Academy of Music in Nuremberg was host institution of the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy this summer.
From July 30th to August 7th 32 percussion students from all over the world received lessons from high-profile guest lecturers, and played many concerts together with their teachers. All public events were extremely well attended, the audience was very enthusiastic.
At the opening on July 30th the internationally prominent professors team featuring Katarzyna Mycka, Shoko Sakai, Hermann Schwander and Svet Stoyanov introduced itself with works by W. Graf, L. Larsen, A. Ignatowicz-Glinska, P. Klatzow and a european premiere of Andrew Beals "Song of Almah" for marimba and soprano (K. Mycka & B. Friebel).
At the “Erlanger Schlossgartenkonzert”, which was held at the “Redoutensaal” due to unsettled weather, Academy Director Katarzyna Mycka and “Special Guest” Maki Takafuji played Steve Reichs “Nagoya Marimbas” together. The piece has originally been composed for the opening of the new concert hall in Nagoya, Japan in 1994 and was performed by Miss Takafuji and her mother as a world premiere back then.
The day with French composer and mallet player Emmanuel Sejourné was a special experience for the students. He practiced and rehearsed two days with students and teachers to present a colorful extract of his extensive oeuvre at the crowded concerthall of the Academy in Nuremberg in the evening of August 2nd. The master switched from vibraphone to marimba and even took over the accompaniment of his marimba concert on the grand piano.
The youth concert at the “Heilig-Geist-Saal” on August 3rd started with a premiere of the skillfully composed marimba quartet "Gendrift" by young jazz student Simon Scharf from Nuremberg, sensitively interpreted by the Academy Teachers Katarzyna Mycka (Poland), Shoko Sakai (Japan), Svet Stovanov (USA) and Professor Hermann Schwander from the Academy of Music in Nuremberg. This was followed by original compositions of the japanese marimba legend Keiko Abe, edits of Tschaikowskys Nutcracker Suite, a funny “2nd Flight of the Bumblebee” for two marimbas by Tobias Broström and finally an exciting version of Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” (Arrangement: Peter Klemke, text: Simon Klemke).
In the further concerts the audience was fascinated by the sometimes unbelieveably virtuosic performances of the young percussionists, exciting premieres under the composers presence (Manfred Menke, Thomas Daub) and the sensitive interaction with chamber music works. These have mainly been studied under the supervision of Academy Assistant Radek Szarek, who also repeatedly appeared on stage as soloist and versatile chamber music partner.
Between rehearsals and practice times the sheet music, mallet and CD-exhibition attracted much attention. The numerous instruments, that have been provided by manufacturers from Europe and the U.S. could extensively be tested. IKMMA students and professors could choose from over 30 marimbas. Thanks to the support of Marimba One, Norsk Musikforlag Oslo, ADAMS, PPP, Majestic, Percussion Brandt, Studio 49, Edition Svitzer, Ineke Busch Verlag, Thomann, Schlagzeug Shop Glanzmann & Malletech – this active program could be realised.
The success of such an event relies on systematic organizational and logistical preparation and supervision, the Academy Founder Katarzyna Mycka pointed out at the closing ceremony. Her sincere gratitude goes to the careful organization and team of helpers from the Academy of Music in Nuremberg under the administration of Slawek Mscisz, as well as Prof. Hermann Schwander – the wonderful host of the event.
Franziska Knogl/Katarzyna Myćka