Earlier this year my former teacher Gordon Stout invited me to perform on his recital at ZMF. I always hear great things about the festival, but had never had any experiences with it or Nancy herself. With that in mind, even though I was only in New Brunswick for one day, my experience was great! Nancy and her crew were so friendly and helpful and it was organized extremely well. Everything seemed to go exactly as planned from load in to load out, which makes the stress of performance days much easier, especially when traveling and bringing tons of gear is in the mix.
This performance was especially exciting because myself and Marco Schirripa premiered Gordon's new piece "Belly Buttons" (as you may have read in the projects section) and Gordon and I played my piece "Duo for Snare Drum and Marimba" for the first time since recording it for "Welcome to Stoutland". Here is a clip of that studio recording if you are interested!
Leading up to the performance was also fun because I was able to spend some time rehearsing and hanging out with both Gordon and Marco. Check out the pictures!
Anthony Di Bartolo is a New Jersey-based percussionist, composer, and educator.