SHEET MUSIC: Z Conversion, Minoru Miki
The ‘Z’ of “Z Conversion” is an initial derived from the word zomeki. Zomeki refers to the rhythm used in the Awa dance from my hometown of Tokushima, Japan. I have come to use this rhythm as one way to express my musical identity in scherzando sections of my serious compositions. Elements in the last half of “Convexity” (1970) and “Z Concerto” (1992), a percussion duo concerto, are similar to “Z Conversion”. The performers may freely bring in ethnic and folk instruments. Also, because there is repetition, the performers may also improvise and play around with the rhythms at anytime. The sixth percussionist plays the role of a conductor and assumes responsibility as the general leader of the ensemble.
"Z Conversion" was commissioned by the Kunitachi College of Music Percussion Ensemble and premiered on November 9, 2005. The U.S. and PASIC premieres were performed on November 2 & 10, 2006, respectively, by the Texas A&M University-Commerce Percussion Ensemble.
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