Player 1: Vibraphone & Field Drum & 2 Congas & Kick Drum & Castanets
Player 2: Xylophone & Piccolo Snare Drum & 4 Concert Tom-toms & Brake Drums & 2 Woodblock
Player 3: Glockenspiel & Snare Drum & Bongos & Metal Plate & China Stack Cymbal
Player 4: Chimes & Bass Drum & 2 Cowbells & Suspended Cymbal & Slapstick
True to its name, Jonathan Ovalle’s Epic Proportions is a sextet with bombast and tenacious energy. The piece moves through many feels and time signatures with rhythmic motives derived from the syllables of its title (E-PIC/ PRO-POR-TIONS) or (2 + 3). Likewise, Jonathan Ovalle craftily orchestrates duos and trios to accompany the soloist as a way of reinforcing the numbers 2 and 3. Your ensemble will definitely need stellar soloists on marimba and drumset, but the supporting cast will also have to be conscious of polyrhythms and constantly changing meters. Epic Proportions was commissioned by Brian Zator and the Texas A&M University–Commerce Percussion Ensemble and was premiered at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.