08.24.2009 // Brian Zator travels the World !

Dynasty USA is proud to announce that Brian Zator has concluded an 18 day trip to Japan and Australia performing clinics and concerts. Read more about Brian's trip and his exciting time abroad.

 I left on July 31st and arrived in Tokyo on August 1st. My first ‘project’ was giving three clinics to Japanese marimba and percussion students between Aug. 2-4 that was organized by the guys at Dynasty-Japan. The topics included front ensemble rehearsal techniques, 2-mallets, 4-mallets (Stevens grip and Traditional grip), and general practice habits. I also gave a masterclass with five student performers.

My second ‘project’ was the initial reason I went to Japan. Minoru Miki invited me to be the guest artist at the 4th Annual Hokuto International Music Festival. This was a week-long event with five featured concerts. I ended up playing on four of the five concerts and performed 12 pieces in all. I performed six marimba solos, one multi-percussion solo and five chamber works playing marimba. Mr. Miki advertised my appearance as primarily a marimba artist so their requests were primarily for marimba. While I knew most of the music I was going to perform before I left, I had to learn a long, and difficult, chamber piece in a week and three other pieces the day of the concerts. (Something I will use as a teaching example to my students to improve their sight-reading.)

The festival was a wonderful success with many great comments throughout the week. The other performers on the festival were fantastic performers and it was an honor to be part of this event. I also want to give a special thanks to Dynasty for choosing me to premiere the 5.0-octave signature marimba in Japan at the clinics and festival.

The third ‘project’ on my tour was in Sydney, Australia. I was a guest clinician at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, hosted by Daryl Pratt. I gave a 2-hour masterclass on Friday, Aug. 14th then taught 6 & ½ hours of lessons on Monday, Aug. 17th. I received many positive comments about my visit and enjoyed working with them. I returned to Dallas on Aug. 18th and was very glad to be home and see my family after a long 2 & ½ weeks away.