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The Drums Must Never Stop! (A Salsa Encore)

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Eric Funk writes: " As a professional jazz pianist for the last 40 years, something I do as a hobby really, I've noticed that the audience always gets really evoked when we kick a Montuna/Salsa/Samba groove. It occurred to me in writing this salsa encore for my friend David Heyes that the furthest thing from the minds of the audience at a double bass recital would be the inclusion of a latin groove, high intensity work at the end. So I wrote this work as a little 'surprise package'. The joke which inspired the title speaks to the great humour I've always found with double bass players. They take themselves and their music seriously but are always able to laugh and take great joy in the process - not always the case with instrumentalists who play instruments in the higher registers!"

A former student of Tomas Svoboda, Sandor Veress, and Krzysztof Penderecki in the 1970s, Eric Funk's considerable compositional output includes nine symphonies, four operas, six ballet scores, three large works for chorus and orchestra, seventeen concertos, several orchestral tone poems, and numerous works for chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and vocal works. Prominent premiers of his works include "From the Dreams of Montana Children" [Carnegie Hall, NY]; his one-act solo opera-ballet for contralto and ballet troupe, Akhmatova, based on key texts from the Russian poet's life; his Concerto for the Violin Alone, triple string quartet, and the song cycles Gongora (for baritone and chamber orchestra, on texts by the Spanish baroque poet) and Sequentia (contralto and 9-person chamber ensemble, on texts by Paul Celan).

Eric Funk was featured on the Charles Osgood CBS Sunday Morning show in October of 1998, which followed on the heels of a front page story in the New York Times "Arts & Leisure" section (April 14, 1998). Mr. Funk was featured on the nationally syndicated NPR radio shows Performance Today [LeeAnn Hanson], Morning Edition, Theme & Variations [Will Everett], The Composer Next Door, and Of the West [Phil Aaberg].

From 1994-2002 he was conductor of the Helena Symphony Orchestra in Helena, Montana and from 1994-1999 he was also the conductor of the Gallatin Chamber Orchestra in Bozeman, Montana.

Past performance venues for his works include Dvorak Hall [Prague], Lutoslawki Radio Hall [Warsaw], Symphony Hall [Riga], Carnegie Hall [NY], the Renda Theater, and the Gaudeamus International Interpreters of Contemporary Music Festival (Rotterdam). His 123 major works have earned him numerous awards and commissions, including 13 ASCAP Standard Awards, the 2001 Governor's Award for the Arts (Montana), and three Arts Commission Fellowships.

He currently teaches for the School of Music/Montana State University where he has won numerous teaching awards, serves as Host and Artistic Director for 11th & Grant with Eric Funk, a four-time Emmy Award winning show in its 9th season broadcast on Montana PBS & featuring Montana musicians in all genres, and is Music/Artistic Director for the Big Sky Classical Music Festival, now in its third season.

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Cat No. RM621
Supplier Code RM621
Price £8.50
ComposerEric Funk
CategoryDouble Bass Quartet
PublisherRecital Music
Difficulty level7 - 8, Advanced
ISMN 979-0-57045-621-5
EAN-13 9790570456215
Weight 99 grams
Published 7th April 2014
Availability 6 in stock
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