Boxall, Jane

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Jane Boxall


Born: 1980

Country: England




With pianist Rose Chancler, Jane is a founding member of Ricochet Duo; in 2011, Jane co-founded the non-profit music camp Girls Rock Vermont. Jane’s compositions for percussion ensemble are widely performed from Texas to Hong Kong; her studio recordings have received radio airplay across the United States, on the BBC and on the Dutch radio stations Concertzender and Radio Mona Lisa. Jane’s recordings of Nancy Van de Vate’s marimba compositions are released on the Naxos label. Jane has shared stages and bills with Bradford Reed, Sheesham&Lotus, Vernon Reid, Myra Flynn, Gregory Douglass, The Life and Times, Brzowski, Cage, The Slackers, Les de Merle and Danny Seraphine. Jane has appeared with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Prairie Ensemble and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. In 2012, Jane premiered Garry Jones’s Concerto for Park Bench and Orchestra with the Event In A Tent Festival Orchestra – “I’ve never heard a park bench played so passionately,” stated the composer.

Jane is one of a very limited number of marimba artists worldwide to have developed a ten-mallet technique. Her 2012 album, Zero to Eight Mallets, has been enduringly popular with percussionists and non-percussionists alike. An album review in the Percussive Arts Society’s magazine Percussive Notes stated: “Jane Boxall’s CD is an eclectic mix of 100 years’ worth of music masterfully performed on marimba…Throughout the recording, Boxall’s performance is consistently excellent.” Of the 0-8 mallet concert program, composer and percussionist Brian Johnson opined: “it is highly interesting, entertaining and intelligent.”

Jane is deeply committed to the development of art music for percussion, and continues to seek and create innovative and adventurous programs. In 2013, Jane was the recipient of a grant from the Vermont Community Foundation, which enabled her to undertake the inaugural “Portable Percussionist” tour on foot from Canada to Massachusetts. Jane commissioned local composers to write “portable” concert pieces then hiked the Long Trail through the state of Vermont, stopping along the way to perform solo percussion recitals. Composer Dennis Bathory-Kitsz commented: “Jane Boxall's Portable Percussionist was a brilliant presentation. She held the audience spellbound with the simplest of materials -- rocks, sticks, pots, and even the zippers on her pack. One composition student later said, ‘My mind was completely blown. I have to re-think everything about composing’."

Currently, Jane is touring internationally as a concert artist, session drummer and clinician. Jane plays and endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Coe Percussion marimbas and District Drum Company snare drums. [1]

Works for Percussion

Bucketheads - Percussion Trio
Clappercussion - Percussion Quartet
Madhatter - Percussion Quartet
Quintessential - Percussion Quintet
Stick Insect - Percussion Quartet
Unsquare Dance - Percussion Quartet