BROOKINGS – South Dakota State University senior Devon Melillo will present the South Dakota premiere of “Sync,” during his recital at 7:30 p.m. April 15 in the Performing Arts Center’s Founders Recital Hall on the SDSU campus.
A piece which he also helped commission, “Sync” signifies the dual meaning of the synchronization of multiple ideas and instruments, and the play on the Spanish word, cinco, meaning five. Gene Koshinski created the piece, which has new and unusual timbres on the concert snare drum through the use of chopsticks, marbles and a kalimba, a West African thumb piano.
Melillo, a percussionist, has been involved with the SDSU Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble and The Pride of the Dakotas Marching Band. He has served as first chair percussionist in the SDSU Wind Symphony and as section leader of The Pride of Dakotas Drumline. A music education major, Melillo is from Sioux Falls.
His performance contains contemporary works as well as new, innovative sounds and techniques on multiple percussion instruments. “Electric Thoughts,” by Ivan Trevino, is written for 5.0 octave solo marimba and tape. “360,” a percussion duet composed by Koshinski and Tim Broscious of University of Minnesota-Duluth, delves into multipercussion in a way that technically challenges the performers while bringing forth entertaining visual and musical concepts. The most traditional marimba solo work of his repertoire, “Wood That Sings,” is composed by Gordon Stout, a world-renowned virtuoso. Finally, “Mudra,” by Bob Becker, explores north Indian music qualities such as Ti Hai and Kaida, and translates them into prepared drum and chamber ensemble in an exciting, dark and intense composition.
This recital is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. For more information, contact the SDSU School of Performing Arts at 688-5187.