In Trans4mations (4 mallet multi-percussion studies for drum set) my aim was to create a methodical approach to learning and refining 4 mallet technique using only a drum set.
4 Movements 4 multi-percussion & piano takes this foundation to the next level by offering a set of musically and technically more demanding challenges in an exciting chamber music environment.
Each piece tackles the abstract rhythmic sounds of multi-percussion in a harmonious way, marrying polyphonic percussion with the tangibly melodic sounds of the piano to create a well-balanced, coherent whole. The compact, clear setup using common percussion instruments aids practical feasibility, and adding piano ensures the music is attractive and accessible. 4 Movements includes a special notation for the percussion parts in addition to classical notation as a way of promoting technical insight and accessibility.
Review in Percussive Notes December 2022:
Bart is currently active as a composer, pianist and mallet player. He recorded Flow and The Octatonic Paradox (from his collection Short Stories for marimba) on the album Fingerprints #2 as winning compositions of the eponymous competition for Flemisch Composers. His pedagogical activities include teaching piano, percussion and percussion ensemble.
Bart has appeared as a performing artist with many leading orchestras and ensembles in Belgium. He was percussion soloist with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He has also appeared as a regular guest artist with such chamber music ensembles as Oxalys and Het Collectief, with whom he made several CD recordings.
In 2001 he obtained a Master in Percussion (maxima cum laude) under professors Gert François and Bart Quartier at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Previously, in 1998 he had obtained a Master in Piano under professors Jan Michiels and André De Groote. He participated in numerous master classes for both piano and percussion with people such as Sylvio Gualda (Xenakis), Jean Geoffroy, Keiko Abe, Emmanuel Séjourné, Franck Tortiller, Hans Leygraf, Daniel Polack, Bart van Oort and Daniel Blumenthal. In order to further broaden his musical horizons, Bart explored Jazz music with Michel Bisceglia.
Other publications by Bart Vanderbeke:
Short Stories for marimba
Interactive Stories for timpani & piano