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James Wood
: Elanga N'Kake singing to his craft (1993)

Written for marimba with seven quartertones on an extra row of bars. The instrument is made by Adams for James Wood.
The process (Norwegian)

James Wood: Elanga N'Kake singing to his craft, performed by Kjell Tore Innervik at the
Ultima Festival in Oslo 2005.

James Wood: Elanga N'Kake singing to his craft, performed by Kjell Tore Innervik for the Norwegian Concert Institute's schools concerts in Oslo, March 2006.

wood studio
James Wood at his studio in November 2004 in London during my visit. Wood has a store of percussion instruments; many of them (for example cowbells and different glasses) are tuned to quartertones.

Adams constructed a marimba extended with one extra row of bars with 7 quartertones, specially for James Wood. He has written several pieces for this instrument.


marimba


vib

The extended quartertone vibraphone made by Adams. Adams also makes the glockenspiel bars needed for some of James Wood's music.

 

 

For program note visit the James Wood homepage.

The instruments are displayed on this web page.


Picture of a prototype of the quartertone vibraphone made by Arthur Soothill and James Wood. Stored in the basement at Guildhall school of Music. Separate damping systems for all four rows of bars using only one pedal. Everything mounted on one frame.

 


 


Copyright: Kjell Tore Innervik | February 7, 2008