Your REACH is Well... (2020) for Tambourine Trio [PDF]
Your REACH is Well... (2020) by Wesley Sumpter for Tambourine Trio [PDF]
PROGRAM NOTE: The tambourine is an instrument that requires an incredible amount of facility and finesse. I, personally, lacked in these areas of my playing throughout the years. This made the tambourine the bane of my existence as a percussionist, until recently. The better I became at the tambourine, the better I became on other instruments as well. Its reach has extended to many other parts of my playing, making the title appropriate.
My idea for the piece was to showcase the tambourine in unconventional ways. The beginning utilizes specific parts of the tambourine to create a rain/glass wind chime effect that sets the background for improvised solos by each player. Each solo can represent the personality of the player or a natural aspect, such as the four elements. This eventually swells into a short but energetic groove combining the elements of samba, traditional playing techniques and new found sounds of the instrument. The piece ends similar to its beginning with a few added colors that taper off into the distance.
WATCH a full performance of the piece down below!