Santavich Holiday Special

2009 Santavich Holiday Special (even more FREE stuff than last year!):

1) Spend $30 or more, and get one item ($20 or less) FREE.
2) Spend $50 or more, and get any item FREE.
3) Spend $100 or more, and get any 2 items FREE.

*To redeem your FREE Santavich gifts, indicate which free item(s) you would like in an email to

~Thank you for visiting us at PASIC '09! This was our best year yet, and for that we'd like to reward you! This special is good until Dec. 31st. If you order by December 15th, you should receive your order by Christmas.~

Featured Composition: Go! for marimba and percussion duo by Robert McClure

Go! is a duo for marimba (4-mallets) and percussion by Robert McClure. The piece is high-energy and groove-oriented: rhythmic and harmonic support in the marimba allow for soloistic play from the other performer, on three congas, vibraphone, triangle, suspended cymbal, and two other hand drums (chosen by player and used for improvisation). The composer sums it up best:

"This piece explores the natural energy in every percussionist that tells us to get up, go, and go fast!"

Go! won 2nd place at the 2008 IronWorks Percussion Duo Composition Contest and was premiered by the IronWorks Percussion Duo on October 12, 2008. For audio and video clips, click HERE.

Featured Book: Techniques and Basic Patterns for Congas, Bongos, and Timbales by Rolando Morales-Matos

You saw Rolando play faster and hipper than anyone at PASIC…now learn his way around the drums--step-by-step, with Audio Instructions and Musical Examples--that made for one of the most memorable performances in convention history. Check out Techniques and Basic Patterns for Congas, Bongos, and Timbales (2 CDs included!) this holiday season. For more info, click HERE.

Featured Media: (CD) From the Earth - Drumming with the Hang [Drum] by Rolando Morales-Matos

You were mesmerized at PASIC by his musicality on this rare (but ever-popular) instrument, the Hang Drum…now hear how Rolando translates his Latin skills to this melodic hand drum from Switzerland on From the Earth: Drumming with the Hang. This is the first ever CD featuring all Hang Drum!! A great stocking stuffer and stress reliever during the busy Holiday times. For audio samples, click HERE. Sit back, relax, and enjoy...

Featured Composer/Arranger: Joel Harrison

Joel Harrison is a composer, guitarist, and vocalist who has put a unique compositional touch on a number of different musical styles. Joel was born in Washington, D.C. and studied with Joan Tower at Bard College (BA 1980). During the 1990s, Joel worked in jazz while living in San Francisco; he then moved to New York City in 1999, where he continued to experiment with jazz, contemporary classical, Appalachian, blues, African, and Indian styles.

Joel has won awards for his jazz and percussion compositions. He has twice been selected as the winner of the Jazz Composer's Alliance Julius Hemphill Composition Competition, and has been the recipient of commissions from Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, the Cary Trust, NYSCA, Jerome Foundation, and others. He has also worked with a number of musical greats, including Dave Liebman, Norah Jones, David Binney, Jamey Haddad, Dan Weiss, Dewey Redman, Uri Caine, Todd Reynolds, Wendy Sutter, Christian Howes, and Caleb Burhans.

Bachovich carries three great Harrison percussion compositions. His marimba solo Fear of Silence won the 2007 PASIC Composition Competition and Why Has the Hunter Not Returned? for marimba duo won first place in the 2009 Ironworks Percussion Duo Composition Competition. Bachovich also carries Harrison's Faith in Nights for Percussion Quartet and Piano. Click on the links to read more about and hear clips of each of Joel's diverse compositions.

Happy Holidays Joel. We look forward to more percussion compositions in 2010!

Highlights (December)

ANNOUNCING THE WORLD PREMIERE of Fer Barre Kona Jeno, a West African Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra (GYIL solo composed by Kakraba Lobi, adapted and arranged for marimba by Valerie Naranjo, orchestrated by Bachovich Composer Andrew Beall). Performed by Valerie Naranjo and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, this will be premiered at Cleveland State University this Saturday, December 12th, 2009!

The Ethos Series

Bachovich Music Publications is proud to announce The Ethos Series!

Over the past decade, the Ethos Percussion Group has commissioned and premiered more than 25 works for Percussion Quartet. These diverse compositions reflect Ethos' interests in both contemporary and non-Western styles, and they have been regularly performed by the ensemble on its national tours.

Bachovich Music Publications is proud to team up with the Ethos Percussion Group to release these works to the world, for the first time ever, in print!

To learn more about the Ethos Percussion Group, take a look at their website at

~Bachovich Welcomes TEN New Composers:

-Gene Koshinski - Capriccio, viola solo by Henry Vieuxtemps, transcribed for solo marimba
-Glen Velez - Sol Tunnels for percussion quartet (The Ethos Series)
-Trey Files - see/change for percussion octet (The Ethos Series)
-John La Barbera - MarimBa Ba Suite for percussion quartet (The Ethos Series)
-Robert Levin - Break it Down for percussion quartet (The Ethos Series)
-Matthew Welch - Loch Fyne Variations for mallet quartet (The Ethos Series)
-Wang Guowei - Two Pieces for Percussion Quartet (The Ethos Series)
-Tom Nazziola - From Here to There for percussion quintet
-Sean Statser - Entanglement for marimba duet
-Patrick Bailey - Journeys for percussion ensemble

~Other New Exciting Publications Available this month:

-Fer Barre Kona Jeno ("Don't Play Favorites"): West African Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by Kakraba Lobi/Valerie Naranjo/Andrew Beall

~We've Gone Global: Bachovich continues to expand, with sales in Japan, France, Belgium, England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, China, Taiwan, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Hungary.

~Out on the Road: Check out Bachovich composers Richard Grimes, Michael Eagle, and Andrew Beall as they embark on their 2nd tour with Axiom Percussion, performing all original music (published by Bachovich):