New Releases for 2016-17!

New Releases for 2016-17!

I have a nice variety of new pieces that were just released this summer (2016), including two pieces for young band, three percussion ensemble pieces (easy, medium & difficult), a vibraphone solo, an alto saxophone/marimba duet, and a collection of duets for young percussionists.

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Composer Spotlight for @ClassicalRevGso 3/20

Classical Revolution is an organization of musicians dedicated to performing high-quality chamber music in non-traditional settings. Founded in November 2006 at Revolution Cafe in San Francisco’s Mission District, we have two important objectives: to enrich the San Francisco Bay Area with accessible chamber music and to create a support network for local musicians.

Classical Revolution now has over 30 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe. My friend Brian Carter, cellist and brewmaster extraordinaire, was in search of more performance outlets for classical musicians in the Triad area of NC and decided to start a chapter in Greensboro in November 2014. He teamed up with a newly established brewery, Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company, to provide a venue for most of the concerts. The first performance on January 18, 2015 featured the Railyard String Quartet—a group formed specifically for this new music series—performing a lovely program of Mozart, Haydn, and Shostakovich. 

Now in its second season, @ClassicalRevGso has successfully produced 12 performances. I am thrilled that the next performance is a Composer Spotlight featuring several of my chamber works and showcasing the talents of some of my favorite people. Here's the program as it stands now:

Nathan Daughtrey, composer & percussion
Laura Dangerfield Stevens, flute
Hannah Rose Carter, soprano
Brian Carter, cello

Silencio (solo marimba)

Azul (flute & keyboard percussion) with Laura Stevens
I. Cerulean Ice
II. Sapphiric Flames

Selections from Songs of Venus (solo vibraphone)
Rosemary & Thyme
Yin & Yang

An Extraordinary Correspondence (flute & marimba)
with Laura Stevens

Halcyon Deconstruction (solo marimba & fixed electronics)

EvenStar (soprano, cello, & keyboard percussion)
with Hannah & Brian Carter

The Book of Love (soprano, flute, cello & keyboard percussion) by Stephen Merritt
with Hannah Carter, Laura Stevens & Brian Carter

Sunday, March 20 at 8:00pm
Gibb's Hundred Brewing Company
117 W Lewis Street
Greensboro, NC 27410

Video: An Extraordinary Correspondence (flute & marimba)

An Extraordinary Correspondence (for flute & marimba) by Nathan Daughtrey

Laura Stevens, flute
Nathan Daughtrey, marimba

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Faculty Composition/Chamber Recital
Charles E. Hayworth, Sr. Memorial Chapel
High Point University
High Point, NC

*The video is best viewed at 1080p HD quality.

"An Extraordinary Correspondence" is published by C. Alan Publications (© 2012) and available for sale from Steve Weiss Music.

Flute & Marimba: An Extraordinary Correspondence


The flute and the marimba have a fairly short yet rich history. However, it wasn't until I was commissioned to write a piece for the combination a year ago that I started exploring it more in depth. Not having performed any flute/marimba duets, I was delighted to find some wonderful pieces for the combination (see the lists below). Additionally, more and more performance duos have been popping up in recent years, helping to expand the repertoire. I encourage you to check out the plethora of recordings from some of the pioneers in the genre by Googling some of the names of performers in the list below.

Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity when Rick and Jenn Elliott contacted me about a commission for flute and marimba. I had already written pieces for clarinet/marimba, oboe/vibraphone and alto saxophone/marimba.  Those reedy wind instruments blend extremely well with the mellow woodiness of the marimba. Honestly, you don't have to work that hard to make them sound good together. When preparing to write for flute and marimba, I listened carefully to the qualities of the different registers of both instruments and how I might play them off one another. I recall falling in love with the lower register of the flute (lower half of the treble clef staff) and finding ways to have that rich, breathy sound emerge out of the marimba playing in the same register. In fact, this is how the piece opens.

The title of the duet, An Extraordinary Correspondence, comes from the subtitle to the book "Griffin & Sabine" by Nick Bantock. This groundbreaking book appeals to our (taboo) voyeuristic desires to read the mail of others. The story follows two people who have never met that start writing to one another because Sabine shares Griffin's "sight." He's an artist and she can see what he draws and paints as it is happening. As their relationship unfolds, they quickly find that they are actually living in parallel worlds. I followed the arc of the story pretty closely, having the marimbist play the role of Griffin and the flutist play the role of Sabine. 


Rick and Jenn Elliott will perform the world premiere of "An Extraordinary Correspondence" on August 7, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hamilton, OH. The piece will be published C. Alan Publications and available to the rest of the world in June of 2012.

Resource Lists

Works for Flute & Marimba
1958: Tanner, Peter - Diversions for Flute & Marimba
1977: Wilder, Alec - Suite for Flute & Marimba
1984: Klatzow, Peter - Figures in a Landscape
1997: Farr, Gareth - Kembang Suling
1997: Tanabe, Tsuneya - Recollections of the Inland Sea
2001: Gillingham, David - Five Fantasies of Natural Origin
2002: Hasenpflug, Thom - 5 Mornings for Flute and Marimba

Works for Flute & Percussion
1958: Wilder, Alec - Suite for Flute & Bongos Nos. 1 & 2
1964: Harrison, Lou - Concerto #1
1966: Dahl, Ingolf - Duettino for Flute & Percussion
1974-80: Adams, John Luther - Songbirdsongs
1994: Parker, Philip - Beneath the Canopy

Flute & Percussion Performance Duos
Armstrong Duo (Eleanor Armstrong, flute & Dan Armstrong, percussion)
McCormick Duo (Kim McCormick, flute & Bob McCormick, percussion)
Tambous Duo (Holly Stackhouse, flute & Theodore Frazeur, percussion)
Verederos Duo (Jessica Johnson, flute & Payton MacDonald, percussion)
Marc Grauwels & Sarah Mouradoglou
Michael Haldeman & John Samuel Roper
Richard & Jennifer Elliott

Bibliography & discography of works for flute and percussion compiled by flutist Larry Krantz:

Summer 2010 Publications

Several of my new compositions are being released this summer by C. Alan Publications. Below you will find descriptions, recordings, and score samples. All will be available for purchase from Steve Weiss Music in the next 2 weeks.

Almost Beyond

Medium: Marimba/Piano Duo
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2009
Duration: 5:00

5-octave marimba

Look Inside Score

Full Recording
Performed by Nick Ryan (marimba) and Angi Ko (piano)


The Celtic Xylophone, Books 1 & 2

Medium: Xylophone w/ Piano Accompaniment 
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Arranged: 2009
Duration: 8:00 (each book)


Look Inside Book 1 | Look Inside Book 2 

(Use the fastforward button to skip to the next track)
Book 1:
1 / 2 / 3 | Book 2: 1 / 2 / 3



Medium: Percussion Ensemble 

Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2009
Duration: 5:00

bells, xylophone, vibraphone, 2 marimbas, 4 toms, SD, timpani, BD, 2 woodblocks, bongos, sus cym, hi-hat, tam-tam, wind chimes

Look Inside Score

Full Recording



Medium: Solo Vibraphone

Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2010
Duration: 5:00

3-octave vibraphone
(with optional extended range to 3.5-octave) 

Look Inside Score

Full Recording

Video: "Adaptation, Mvt. I" by Nathan Daughtrey (OU Percussion Ensemble)

The University of Oklahoma Percussion Ensemble performs the first movement ("Improvisation") of my piece, Adaptation. Based on my solo piano piece, Episodes, I scored Adaptation for 11 percussionists specifically for the "5:00 Ensemble" at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while I was there as an adjunct professor of percussion. It won 3rd Place in the 2005 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, the same year that David Skidmore's Whispers (see my earlier video post) won 1st Place and another piece of mine, Limerick Daydreams, won 2nd Place.

Adaptation is published by C. Alan Publications.

Music that soothes frayed nerves without the medicinal effect of wall-paper stuff at the mall

I completely forgot until today that my Yuletide Marimba CD received a glowing (and quite humorous) review just after its release last year by Classical Voice North Carolina, an online arts journal for the Triad and Triangle area. Here are a few gems from the review by Karen Moorman:

"If you're looking for music that soothes frayed nerves without the medicinal effect of wall-paper stuff at the mall, add this to your collection of holiday favorites."

"Daughtrey...turns to greatly-loved Christmas melodies and delivers a gift that will surely please anyone who enjoys the gentle, beautiful tones emanating from rosewood bars."

"Closing my eyes, I could almost feel the welcoming arms of the warm tropical breeze."

"...from my rocking chair in a dimly lit living room late last night, I was in touch with the enchantment of the marimba."

Love it! Please check out the entire review at You won't be disappointed. And if you haven't yet gotten your copy of the album, head on over to the iTunes store. Now.

'Tis the season for shameless self-promotion (& a free download)

Around this time last year, I inundated Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and my own website with annoyingly persistent updates about my holiday recording project. Well, according to T.V. commercials, shopping center decorations, and (most importantly) the beautiful red Starbucks cups, the holiday season has once again descended upon us. Therefore, I'm taking this as my cue to begin the shameless self-promotion of my (somewhat) new holiday CD, The Yuletide Marimba.

(By the way, you will be rewarded if you continue reading to the end. I supposed scrolling down now would work too, but where's the fun in that?)

The funny thing about a holiday recording project is that all of the arranging, recording, and CD mastering occur during holidays for which the music was not intended, such as Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, & even Thanksgiving (though radio stations may beg to differ). Me? I would listen to Christmas music year-round if it weren't for all the dirty looks (you bunch of Scrooges!). If my iPod is on shuffle and a Christmas tune sneaks in there, I will not skip past it, regardless of the season, so scowl away.  Anyway...

If you are a new friend/follower/fan, you can read the four blog entries from last year detailing the ins & outs of the Yuletide recording project (including the reasons I hate recording). Here's the track list including brief descriptions of each tune:

1. A Winter Prelude (a.k.a. the chorus to Jingle Bells played slowly by solo marimba)
2. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (would love some comments about comma placement)
3. Silent Night (with some slightly altered harmonies... don't get mad)
4. Carol of the Bells (with orchestra bells... imagine that!)
5. O Holy Night (new rhythmic setting)
6. Deck the Halls (with dumbek. yeah, i said it.)
7. What Child Is This? (which was recently reviewed as overly-dissonant. you be the judge.)
8. In the Bleak Midwinter (does anyone know this tune?)
9. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (or this one?!)
10. Silent Night (again, but in a setting for marimba quartet)
11. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (ditto)
12. Deck the Halls (ditto sans dumbek)
13. A Winter Postlude (lovingly referred to as "A Christmas Requiem" by the other members of the quartet)

My Christmas Gift to You...
Free download of God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
* Right-click or Control-Click (for Mac) and choose Save File As or Save Link As)

Your Christmas Gift to Me (or where to buy my album)...
Electronic Download: iTunes

Physical CD: C. Alan Publications
or if you are in close proximity to me, I'll hook you up

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Yuletide Recording Session #2 & Wrap-Up

I am sorely behind with updating this blog that is supposed to be a source of up-to-date news. Especially since the 2nd and final recording session for my Christmas CD happened exactly 2 weeks ago. I have excuses though (don't we all?):

#1 - I spent the entire next day editing & mastering the CD with my audio engineer.

#2 - My best friend from TX arrived the following day.

#3 - I ran my first half marathon the following day.

(This was about 9 miles into the race)

#4 - Vegging on the couch for 2 days straight to recover from said half marathon.

Anyway, the CD project....

The 2nd recording session went well but was fraught with a cacophony of sounds from several sources: cars, trucks, motorcycles, planes, trains, church bells, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and even a shopping cart being rolled noisily down a hallway. I am not a fan of recording in a dry-sounding studio and adding reverb/ambient sound post-production. I would much prefer find a place with great acoustics that records well. In this case, I used a church sanctuary here in Greensboro that is located on a well-traveled road at an intersection with a stoplight, which explains most of the vehicular noises I mentioned. When I booked the space, they neglected to tell me Wednesday was lawn mowing day, so we side-stepped those noises with a well-placed lunch break.

The first half of the session was a blast. I was joined by a phenomenal hand drummer (and orchestral percussionist) from the area for two of the tracks on the album – God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen & Deck the Halls. When neither of us showed up to the session with a metronome to check tempi, I turned to my trusty iPhone, searched the App Store, and had downloaded a free metronome to my phone within 2 minutes. Thank you, Apple.

(Pics from the two recording sessions)

The latter half of the session left me all alone with my marimba and recording engineer for what ended up being a VERY stressful 4 hours. But we got it all and I'm very happy with the sound we ended up with. The CD shipment arrives Monday 11/3, so if you want to buy one (or 50), GO HERE.

Yuletide Recording Session #1

Hands down, recording is one of my least favorite aspects of performing. Whether it is the cursed expectation of perfection from future listeners (or myself) or the knowledge I only have a limited amount of time to achieve this "perfection," I do not know. Either way, I knew going into the first of two recording sessions for my Christmas CD this morning that I needed to check my aversion at the door. I remember recording this guy playing a solo clarinet piece I wrote back in my grad school days. He told me how much he loved recording ... that he actually found it fun and liberating. Me, I must have looked at him (and probably looked at him) as if he were nuts. Anyway, it was helpful to look back on how cool and collected he was as I mentally prepared for today, hopefully channeling his positive energy.

The purpose of today's recording session was to record the four marimba quartet arrangements that will be appearing on the album: God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night, Deck the Halls, and A Winter Postlude (Jingle Bells). I was surrounded by some of the best marimba players in Greensboro. With their consistency, accuracy, and musicianship, they certainly helped me to have fun and take my mind off the fact that we were surrounded by microphones and that the recording engineer kept pressing that blessed "Record" button.

After the quartets went off without a hitch, I was feeling confident (and we had time to spare), so I recorded a couple of the solo tracks: A Winter Prelude (Jingle Bells) and Carol of the Bells. I was joined by one of the quartet members on the latter of the two pieces on orchestra bells. Here's a sneak preview (read: unedited & raw) of that piece. I'm really happy with how all has gone so far.

The second session is all set for Wednesday morning and I have my work cut out for me. Here's the remaining solo track list:

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (w/ djembe)
Deck the Halls (w/ dumbek)
Silent Night
O Holy Night
What Child Is This?
In the Bleak Midwinter
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Ugh ... hands are starting to sweat ... having trouble breathing. And the process starts all over again.

Yuletide CD Project

Apparently all it took to inspire my latest CD project was the confusion of one of my running group friends over my last blog entry. She thought that I actually had a CD filled with the Christmas marimba arrangements in my new book. I was planning to do lesser quality recordings of each tune for demo purposes, but if I'm going to spend time doing that, I might as well do it right. However, with it being October and all, I have had to fast-track the entire project in order to have it ready for sale at PASIC and just generally out in time for the holidays.

It will feature the 8 solo marimba arrangements from The Yuletide Marimbist, plus a short opening and closing track (based on Jingle Bells), and my three Christmas marimba quartet arrangements. I'm excited to have some first-rate guest artists playing with me on the album. Here's the current track listing:

1. A Winter Prelude (Jingle Bells)
2. Silent Night
3. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (w/ tabla)
4. O Holy Night
5. Carol of the Bells
6. Deck the Halls (w/ congas)
7. What Child Is This?
8. In the Bleak Midwinter
9. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
10. Silent Night (quartet)
11. God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (quartet)
12. Deck the Halls (quartet)
13. A Winter Postlude (quartet)

Should be released by the first week in November. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Christmas in September?

Anyone like to celebrate Christmas all year round? I've had the pleasure of doing so whilst writing a new collection of Christmas arrangements for solo marimba! I've been chipping away at it since November of 2007. Actually, I arranged two tunes (Silent Night & God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen) and stopped for about 7 months. Here's a YouTube performance of "God Rest" at a clinic I gave in Salem, OR back in December. Please excuse the less-than stellar audio quality (and the wrong note at the end).

I started back up in July, planning to do a total of 6 arrangements for the collection until two of my always helpful colleagues (read: opinionated) told me that I needed to do 8 so that the book would be thicker (and therefore more marketable). I just finished the eighth and final arrangement and the collection is now reaching the final stages of the publication process. Here's the list of tunes and the beautiful cover designed by Ed Morgan of navyblue design.

Silent Night

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen

O Holy Night

Carol of the Bells

What Child Is This?

In the Bleak Midwinter

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

Deck the Halls

Needless to say, I'm pretty excited about the release of this one. It'll be available from my publisher in mid-October, just in time for people to pick it up and learn some festive tunes for Christmas.