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gordon stout: Young Composers Int

June 1, 2016

Chorea Luna/Marsillo

Max Marsillo is a musician, currently getting a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion and Music Education.  Max was born in Strongsville, Ohio on December 4, 1995.  He started his music studies with Tom Konopka where he studied drum set and played in church as well as other local bands.  While in high school, Max was heavily involved in the school music program, performing in drum line, symphonic band, and choir where he won the John Philip Sousa award.  Max was also involved in the Canton Youth Symphony as well as several local rock groups.  Max attended Kent State University for a year where he studied with Ted Rounds, performed in top ensembles and studied concert and orchestral percussion as well as jazz.  In 2015, he won the Walter Watson jazz award and received outstanding solo performance awards playing with Kent State ensembles at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival.  After one year, Max transferred to Capital University to continue his percussion studies under Bob Breithaupt, where he received an endorsement from Vic First as an educator.  At this time, Max began to develop a serious interest in composing and arranging.  Max was also nominated to perform at the scholarship competition at Capital University for marimba performance.  Chora Luna for solo marimba is his first composition aside from jazz arrangements, and has yet to be premiered.  He currently teaches high school drum lines across central Ohio and is continuing his studiews at Capital Univeristy's Conservatory of Music.

Here is a link to the YouTube performance by the composer:

My very first composition. - December 1, 2015

The Music of Ricardo David García Guédez - December 1, 2015

Lamento/Ricardo Guedez

Ricardo David García Guédez is the third young composer to be featured here.  He was born in La Asuncion, Nueva Esparta State, Venezuela on December 16, 1995.  He started his music studies with Ecberth Lucena by playing violin in his school when he was 4 years old.  But the time he was 6 he entered into the Infantile Orchestra of Nueva Esparta, where he was first exposed to percussion instruments.  In 2005 he was in the first violin section of the Youth Orchestra of Nueva Esparta.  He then started to think about changing to percussion, having been interested for some years.  He attended percussion classes with Tobias Baum, but not until 2011 did he decide to switch from violin to percussion at the age of 15.  At that time he was involved in the Special Education Ensemble,  playing with the Brass Ensemble, and received the principal percussion position in the Regional Youth Orchestra.  In 2013 he joined the professional orchestra of Nueva State, and the Percussion Trio of Nueva Esparta.  He has studied with Sergio Gallardo, Matias Azpurua, Roger Carlsson, Felix Mendoza, El Negro Alvarez, Carlos Mosquera, and Ramon Granda.  Lament for Vibraphone solo is his first composition, and was premiered at the 2015 Percussion International Festival of the Llanos.  He is now studying at the Latin-American Academy of Percussion, in Venezuela with Professor Aquarius Zambrano, President of that academy and percussion in the Simon Bolivar Symphonic Orchestra.  December 1, 2015

You can contact him at: 

The Youtube line of Lamento is:  https://youtu/be/pXBzbuK9wH4 

The Music of Matheus Moresco - September 20, 2015

Brot No.1

for solo flute, marimba, vibraphone, and acoustic bass

Matheus Moresco is the second featured composer. Matheus is from Brazil.  He is a musician, who graduated from the University of Passo Fundo with a  Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion and Music Education. He participates in the institution Percussion Group coordinated by Prof. Hatem Samir, and has also participated for eight years in the Jazz Group and Chamber Orchestra, university extension groups. Born in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil in 1989. He began studying piano at seven years old, later had interest in drums and soon after by the saxophone. Currently engaged in the study of the vibraphone, Matteus is also a drummer in some bands and professor of percussion and music education in public schools and social projects.

He lived in Argentina where he had timpani classes at Universidad Nacional Del Litoral with Arturo Vergara, and festivals throughout Latin America with Gordon Stout, Ney Rosauro, John Wooton, Dan Moore, Frank Kumor, Christian Hirth, Esteban Gutierrez, Walter Barraza, Edgar Villa Vicencio, Clarissa Severo de Borba, Gutjard Douglas, Fernando Hashimoto, Eduardo Gianesella, Carlos Stasi, John Boudler, among others.


Five of his compositions are featured here, and are now available:


Brot No. 1, for flute, marimba, vibraphone and acoustic bass.

Brot No.2, for flute(2), tenor saxophone, vibraphone, marimba, contrabass(2) and six percussionists.

Para Natália, for solo vibraphone

Para Natália, for vibraphone, piano, percussion(7), and electric bass

Para Natália, for vibraphone, piano and strings


I hope you enjoy the music of Matheus Moresco.  Please download a copy.  Please perform his music at any time.  If you do perform any of his compositions, please email him at:   Links to midi performances are located at:

September 20, 2015

Brot No.2

for 2 flutes, tenor saxophone, trumpet, vibraphone, marimba, 2 contrabass, and six percussion

September 20, 2015

Para Natalia

for solo vibraphone

September 20, 2015

Para Natalia-perc.ens.

for vibraphone, piano, seven percussion, and electric bass 

September 20, 2015

Para Natalia-strings

for vibraphone, piano, and strings

The Music of José Alejandro Garcia Aponte - August 17, 2015

José Alejandro Garcia Aponte is the first featured composer.  He is a native of Venezuela and was  born in 1996. He is founder of the Percussion Ensemble Llanos of Venezuela with whom he had the opportunity to tour in France. Jose has participated in various seminars with Fernando Meza, José Alicea, Roger Carlssonentre and others. He has participated in all the editions of the International Percussion Festival of the Llanos where he has shared experiences with teachers like Tom Toyama, Juan Alamo, Felix Mendoza, and Dave Samuels.  As an orchestral musician he has been a part of the National Children's Orchestra of Venezuela twice, directed by conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle. He was also invited by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Caracas to its "Asia Tour 2013". Currently he is pursuing studies in composition and finishing his studies in percussion at the Conservatory of Music "Simon Bolivar" and the Latin Percussion Academy where he took classes with teachers from the Row Percussion Symphony Orchestra "Simon Bolivar ".

Three of his compositions are now available:  

Sigh for solo vibraphone 

Sigh Duó for vibraphone and marimba 

Liberté, dans use chanson II for marimba and two percussionists.  

You may view some performances of these compositions by going to YouTube, and typing in José Alejandro Garcia Aponte.

I hope you enjoy his music. Please email him directly if you like his music:  let him know if you download a copy and if there are any possible future performances: September 20, 2015

August 17, 2015


for vibraphone solo:

Sigh ...

... A piece with a great personal importance to me, with beautiful melodies and very quiet . Honestly I do not want to say much about this piece because as seen in the score, I let each performer plays with it the way it pleases , but without neglecting the artistic event , without neglecting musicality and sense of the work, without leaving the heart .

The Sticks remain a choice to use interpreter , but in view of the kind of work , you should use a soft mallets .


August 17, 2015

Sigh Duo

for vibraphone and marimba

When interpreting this duo, I think that the rapport between the players is very important.  They should cue the breaths, because beyond the notes in the score, the actual interpretation is extremely important for the expression of the music.  


-when the diminuendo is in parenthasis, it is only to show the intention of the music.

-mallet damping indications are standard as seen in m.9.

-m.60 in the vibraphone part should be like a glissando.

-m.61 in the marimba part-just let the roll continue until the vibraphone notes die out.


August 17, 2015


for marimba and two percussionists:

This music is inspired by a very important and special person for me.  I consider it to be a work of extreme sensitivity.  Inspite of abrupt nuances in some places, I wanted it to reflect every detail that characterizes that person.  I would like to thank this person for all the good times he has given to me.  In general, the work expresses a wide range of colors;  on the one hand the beautiful themes in the vibraphone passages in the first part of the piece, and on the other, the rhythmic patterns reflected in the percussion parts.  This is the second version of a series of three pieces inspired by the same person.  If you perform this work, remember that it is inspired by a living person with emotions, and always touch the heart and feel good about the music. JAGA

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