The nine progressive etudes in ‘Marimba Pictures‘ are basically little artworks dealing with the several tecniques as brought forward in Leigh Howard Stevens’ “Method of Movement”.

Independent strokes, sliding movement, accuracy, double-grips and chords, voicing, body­ position, changing intervals, altenating and lateral strokes and finally independent and musser rolls each appear step-by-step throughout the nine pieces. Played all together as in a recital, “Marimba Pictures” is a fine piece of modem marimba music.

Wim Lasoen

About the composer:

Wim Lasoen was bom in Bruges (Flanders) on July 3rd 1972. After having finished his sec­ ondary education in 1990, he started studying at the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory, and stayed there until 1993. His earliest teacher Robert Van Sice influenced him in his deci­ sion to take up marimba as his main instrument. Wim switched to the Royal Flemish Con­ servatory of Antwerp in 1994.

One of the main musical influences on his interpretation and style has got to be the incredi­ bly charismatic professor Leo Ouderits. Another important name we need mention is Carlo Willems, sharing his knowledge on American marimba-literature and jazz-improvising. Ludwig Albert introduced Wim Lasoen to Keiko Abe. He played her “Michi” together with her… a real magie experience. Wim Lasoen became a real Stevens-grip-specialist, focusing on all possible physical and psychological aspects of playing. In 1997, he obtained his degree of “Master of Percussive Arts”.

From 1999 onwards he teached Marimba, Vibraphone, Timpani and Chamber Music at the earlier Secondary College of Arts in Ghent, preparing very talented youngsters for the con­ servatory. He is now the artistic director of the MUDA institute, the earlier mentioned school which he himself reformed and made the biggest school of arts in Belgium.

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