Calum Huggan: American Music for Marimba

In the burgeoning contemporary repertoire for percussion, the work of a group of North American composer-performers has a special place. Classically trained but influenced as much by rock and jazz as by the Western canon, they have found a stellar exponent in the Scottish marimba player Calum Huggan. Already well known as leading exponent of new music, Calum’s natural instinct for collaboration has led to this landmark first solo album.

In it he showcases the instrument’s full spectrum of expressive possibilities, from Michael Burritt’s sparse and open textures to the generous warmth of Ivan Trevino; premiere recordings by these composers link imaginatively with modern classics such as Eric Ewazen’s Northern Lights and the Frenchman Emmanuel Séjourné's legendary Nancy, which Trevino describes as ‘like listening to my favourite band play an unplugged version of a song I love’.Calum Huggan lets these works ‘speak their truth, quietly and clearly’.

"Calum Huggan's debut album for Delphian, 'American Music for Marimba', centres on new music of startling beauty and variety by Michael Burritt (b1962), Ivan Trevino (b1983), Eric Ewazen (b1954) and Emmanuel Séjourné (b1961)"

Release Date: 27 August 2021
Catalogue No: DCD34266
Total playing time: 56:52

Recorded on 17-19 November 2020 in Broughton St Mary’s Parish Church, Edinburgh
Producer/Engineer: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital editing: Jack Davis
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter
Marimba: Yamaha 5100-A
Mallets: Acoustic Percussion Signature
Design: Drew Padrutt
Booklet editor: Henry Howard
Cover image and photography: foxbrushfilms.com

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Ivan TrevinoMemento

Featured performance


Calum Huggan exclusive performance

Scottish marimba / percussionist Calum Huggan performs Michael Burritt's 'Caritas: iii.Majestic' during recording sessions for his debut album.

"a beautiful and atmospherically-filmed performance"

Gramophone Magazine


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