Glockestra

by Jason A Mullinax

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Glockestra 11:50

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In November of 2018, my good friend, mentor and frequent collaborator Keith Sinzinger passed away unexpectedly.

One of his musical aspirations was to compose an ensemble piece for what he called the "Glockestra" -- an orchestra using eight glockenspiels that he bought at an auction and restored for that purpose. Unfortunately, Keith never had the opportunity to bring his Glockestra to fruition so his wife Kathy invited me to write the piece using the glocks as a tribute to his life and music. I assembled a talented group of like minded musicians and performed the piece in January of 2019 at his memorial service at the St Francis Hall in Washington, DC.

I have no idea what the Glockestra sounded like in Keith's head but I did my best to do it justice based on all the conversations we had about it. I'd like to think that he would've enjoyed my version and I hope that you enjoy it too. It was a joy to put together and it was a tremendous healing experience for me.

This recording comes with a full score so that other ensembles can perform and record their own versions of the piece.

You can view a live version of the piece here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4iQBEXZvw0

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released October 25, 2019

The Musicians:

Percussionists- Kevin O'Meara, Nate Scheible

Vibraphone/Featured Soloist- Rich O'Meara

Xylophone/Conductor- Jason A Mullinax

Double Bass/Featured Soloist- Dan Barbiero

Glocks- Layne Garrett, Russ Henry, Ryan Jordan, Ian McColm, Marian McLaughlin, Winston Psmith, Seth Schowalter, Jenny Tucker

Recorded live by Russ Henry and Chester Hawkins on March 23rd, 2019.

Cover art by Kevin O'Meara

Mastered by Mark Beasley

Special thanks to Rich O'Meara and Daniel Barbiero for their invaluable assistance with the score as well as the other musicians who helped me bring this piece to life. Special thanks also to Kathy Sinzinger for the inspiration and for allowing the ensemble access to Keith's instruments.

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Jason A Mullinax Washington, D.C.

Jason A Mullinax is a percussionist and electronic music composer.

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