Featured Composer: Aaron Trant

"Fire-breathing" percussionist (21st Century Music) Aaron Trant's experience in classical, jazz, contemporary, rock, and improvisatory styles has made him a valuable asset and desired performer and composer for new ensembles around the US. He is a cofounder, composer, and performer for the After Quartet, which is dedicated to performing live accompaniment to silent films. Aaron is also a member of the Firebird Ensemble (assistant director and percussionist), Primary Duo (original member for piano-percussion duo;), Endy Emby (trumpet and percussion), Adam James Wilson Quintet, and High Street Percussion. Additionally, Aaron performs regularly with the Boston Modern Orchestra Players, the Fromm Project, and Alarm Will Sound. As a composer, Aaron has written works for Lisa Saffer, Mark Gould, Firebird Ensemble, After Quartet, Endy Emby and Primary Duo, and he has received the St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant-in-Aid and grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Aaron's contemporary performance and composition resume speaks for itself, so check out Spiral for percussion trio. Spiral is a two-movement work. The first uses cycles of un-pitched percussion to create a melody over interlocked rhythms. The second movement, for primarily melodic pitched percussion, uses a slow, minimalist-style development of a melody over a lush, serene percussion layer of sound. For audio samples from both movements, click HERE.

Additionally, Aaron's xylophone solo "x is always for Xylophone" is featured in the 2010 MassChap Xylophone Collection (take a look in this month's HIGHLIGHTS).

Good luck this spring, Aaron. Keep up the great work!