By Rachel Molina |Staff Writer|
This man used his hands to slap his stomach, chest, and legs while on the floor.
Percussion can be created out of anything that you can strike and makes sound.
Traditional drums, frying pans, Marimbas and the human body were among the instruments used to convey music by the group “Tala Rasa Percussion” on Wednesday, May 14.
This rhythmic performance took place in the CSUSB Performing Arts Theater and was attended by forty people.
“Tala Rasa Percussion” engaged the audience with their profound expression and interpretation to the music of Mark Applebaum, Fredrick Andersson, Rudiger Pawassar, Vinko Globokar, Alejandro Vinao, and Iannis Xenakis.
The Tala Rasa trio, James Beauton, Brendan Betyn, and Steve Wulff began their performance with the beatings of pans, wood, a gong and brake drum.
The music was lively and was a great way to introduce the audience to the art of percussion.
“It’s a physical, visual activity and an art form. It’s really all an art form in itself,” said Beauton.
The second piece entitled “Imagine There Was Nothing,” was very spatial and resonated vibes and pretty melodies.
The sounds were very soft while giving off an eerie sound of bells.
One aspect that made this piece entertaining was the trio’s ability to hold not one, but two mallets between their fingers.
The movements of the mallets were amazing to watch as they would switch them to different positions without losing a beat.
All the mallet tips also varied in size which allowed them to create different sounds.
The next piece “Sculpture 3” gave off a completely different vibe and made one student feel like he was back in Guatemala.
“I enjoyed hearing the Marimba’s because it reminded me of when I would go to Guatemala to visit my family,” said student Joshua Martinez.
“Certain tones of the Marimba’s were a little different, but I felt like I was eating in the restaurants and walking the markets,” added Martinez.
The piece of the night that got the most reactions from the audience was “?Corporel” that was performed by Wullf.
A shirtless Wullf walked on stage, sat Indian-style on the floor and began to rub his face while creating sounds with his mouth and teeth.
His whole body became a human percussion instrument as the audience witnessed him being born within himself while trying to figure out his own body.
It was interesting to watch and made me realize how many sounds you can make with your body.
“Dance Groove Drifting” was the next piece that was played by Beauton and Betyn.
While playing, both of their bodies became part of the music as they moved with every beat.
The trio ended their performance with “Okho” that consisted of playing on Djembe and various bass drums.
The sound of the Djembe drums had beautiful beats and the members were entrancing to watch as they played in synch.
I really enjoyed “Okho” because I got to see each member show their ability to perform as a soloist, a duo and a trio.
“Tala Rasa Percussion” has been playing together for only two years, but have made their mark by playing at multiple events and teaching their passion of percussion to their students.