Featured Composition: From Here to There for Drum Set and 4 Percussionists by Tom Nazziola

Tom Nazziola's From Here to There for 5 players (drum set plus four percussionists) utilizes both textural soundscapes and groove-oriented passages throughout its gradually-changing three movements. The second and third movements incorporate African and Latin jazz concepts that manifest themselves in both the drum set and the parts for melodic (marimba and vibraphone) and ethnic percussion. Additionally, From Here to There provides opportunities for written and improvised solos for drum set and has a definite Frank Zappa influence.

In regard to the work, Morris Lang (former New York Philharmonic percussionist) says:

"How often does one find a piece for percussion that is musically interesting and intelligently written, with a challenging drum set part, and yet totally accessible for the audience. Let's not let them know how serious and well organized it is."

To hear audio clips from each movement and read Tom Nazziola's personal notes on the piece, click HERE.