Emerson Elias Wahl

Percussionist / Drummer / Educator / Composer

Excerpts from Emerson Wahl's Master's Degree Recital, "Transience and Thunder." University of Washington | June 2nd, 2018
Linoleum (2018) is the sonic representation of a love story between two extra-terrestrial beings. Their cozy domicile is near the Gesualdo Waterfall on the western coast of planet Linoleum. The music of Linoleum deals with the ephemeral nature of human relationships, and the aspects of love which are alien to us.

Béla Bartók- Mikrokosmos, Selections for Marimba Duet

Composed: 1926-1939

Mikrokosmos is a collection of 153 short piano pieces in six volumes. It is arranged pedagogically as the first two volumes, dedicated to his son, are very simple études for beginners, while the fifth and sixth are highly advanced demonstrations of extended techniques and can be performed as concert pieces. This selection is comprised of six pieces from the fifth and sixth volumes that are aptly transferred to two marimbas.

The word "Mikrokosmos" is synonymous to "microcosm," meaning "a little world" or "a world in miniature" that encapsulates something much larger. Thus the entire collection could be thought of as a microcosm of Hungarian and Bulgarian folk music, which Bartók studied as an ethnomusicologist and incorporated into his own style. Or it could be a synthesis of the musical and technical issues of the piano. On the other hand, Bartók was an avid entomologist, studying the microcosmos of the natural world. He had a fascination with insects ever since childhood, and maintained a vast collection of beetles and flies.

Arranged for percussion ensemble by Emerson Wahl Composed by Deftones performed by the California State University, Northridge Percussion Ensemble at California State University Northridge, April 21st, 2015.

Composed by Broken Social Scene Arranged by Emerson Wahl for Percussion Ensemble Conducted by Emerson Wahl

Personnel:

Marimba- Elias Maldonado, Jay Droegemeier, Alberto La Torre, Robin Gin, Wolf Finn

Vibraphone- Robert Muz, Alonso Figueroa, Sean Flynn Knuth

Glockenspiel- Joshua Martinez

Performed at California State University Northridge May 6th, 2015

"Darn That Dream" was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen and the lyrics were written by Eddie DeLange. It was published in 1939. This is my own arrangement of this beautiful song- I added a short coda to the end. Performed at California State University Northridge on May 29th, 2015.