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Seven Pillars (World Premiere)

Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1:00 AM - 2:15 AM

Returning to the Emerald City Music stage, Sandbox Percussion gives the world premiere performance of Seven Pillars by award-winning composer, Andy Akiho. This evening-length work consists of eleven movements--seven quartets and one solo for each member of Sandbox. This performance features original staging and lighting design by Michael Joseph McQuilken that seamlessly integrates with the music. Don't miss your opportunity to experience this extremely unique performance! Of the piece, Akiho says, "Seven Pillars is an evening-length work for Sandbox Percussion in 11 movements. I've never taken on a project this ambitious - it's nearly 80 minutes of music - but I was inspired by the collaborative relationship I have with Sandbox. We're all close friends, we enjoy making music together, and there is freedom to experiment in that type of environment. The instrumentation includes traditional instruments such as vibraphone, glockenspiel, and marimba, with some found percussion sounds like glass bottles and metal pipes. Creatively, I wanted to limit the instrumentation in order to encourage the opportunity to find unique timbres and playing techniques on each instrument. When the pandemic postponed our original in-person world premiere, we spent the year investing even more time and effort into creating and recording this piece - and I can't wait to bring the world premiere live performance to Emerald City Music!"

Cost: $35-$55

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Olympia, WA 98512

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