Emerson Elias Wahl

Percussionist / Drummer / Educator / Composer

  • "Conversación Tranquila", translated as "Quiet Conversation" is written for small drum set and marimba, all to be played by one player. Like my composition "Story Cage", this piece was also written as an assignment for my Percussion Masterclass at CSUN in 2015. Although a snare drum and hi-hat are appropriate for this piece, my imagination prefers a shime daiko to replace the snare drum, and a ribbon crasher to replace the hi-hat. If a snare drum is used, the snares should be turned off. For proper comfort, an 18" bass drum should do the trick- it will slide under the marimba nicely! What is written in the photos below is truly a blueprint. The majority of the piece should be improvised, while still staying true to the foundation of what is written. I hope you enjoy "Conversation Tranquila". 

  • "Story Cage" is a short piece for ribbon crasher, wire cage, shime daiko, and a hardcover book. It was composed in 2015 as an assignment for my Percussion Masterclass at CSUN. Each student in the class was assigned four different instruments from a hat and we then wrote short pieces for those instruments. I hope you enjoy "Story Cage"!

  • Please take a look and enjoy the sheet music of my 2014 piece, "Farewell Anthem":

  • Please take a look and enjoy the sheet music of my 2012 piece, Wahlflower:

  • Please take a look and enjoy the sheet music of my 2011 piece, The Greenhouse Suite:

  • Please take a look and enjoy the sheet music of my 2010 piece, Let's Just Say: