She Who Sleeps with a Small Blanket - by Kevin Volans Vic Firth


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Performed by Jeff Stern

Vic Firth Mallet Selection: M155 - M153 - M111

She Who Sleeps With A Tiny Blanket was written for Robyn Schulkowsky and she first performed it in Salzburg in October 1985. Robyn had been percussionist in my earlier pieces for harpsichords and rattles and it was obvious from her incessant drumming on tables during the breaks in rehearsals, that neither her talents nor energies were being completely utilised.

This piece has often been mistakenly associated with African drumming. However the only overtly African thing about this piece is the title, which implies 'she who sleeps alone', ie. without a lover. I wrote it as a virtuoso showpiece for the user as well as a composition study for myself. After some interim versions I decided to limit the instrumentation to drums only, with a brief coda on marimba. I explored few different kinds of patterning, the principal one being cross-rhythms in triplets played with two sticks

Kevin Volans was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mauricio Kagel in Cologne. He actually is an Irish citizen and lives in Co. Cork.

In the mid-seventies his work was associated with the Newest Simplicity - the beginnings of Post-Modernism in Germany. In 1979 after few research trips to South Africa, he began a series of pieces based on African composition techniques, which occupied him for the next 10 years.

After a productive collaboration with the Kronos quartet in the 1980s his work, principally in the field of chamber and orchestral song, has been regularly performed worldwide. The Kronos discs, White Lad Sleeps and Pieces of Africa broke all records for string quartet disc sales.

In 1999 the South Bank in London hosted a 50th birthday celebration of his work and for his 60th the Wigmore Hall in London organized a "Kevin Volans Day" of concerts. He has been the featured composer in few European festivals of contemporary song.
In the last decade he has turned his attention to writing for orchestra and as well as collaborating with visual artists. Principal performances in the last years contain the Berliner Musikfest, Vienna State Opera, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Lincoln Center Newest York, Dokumenta Kassel, the Pompidou Centre Paris, Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Chicago Institute of Fine Arts, the Edinburgh Festival, the Barbican London and the BBC Proms.

Barry Douglas and the BBC Symphony Orchestra premiered his 3rd Piano Concerto at the Proms in London last year. The piece was commissioned to commemorate the Liszt bicentenary as well as Barry Douglas's 50th birthday.

Percussionist Jeff Stern is emerging as an exciting newest voice in today's contemporary song stage. He has appeared with some of today's most celebrated artists, including eighth blackbird and So Percussion. Newest highlights contain an artist residency at the Yellow Barn Sound Festival in Vermont, featured solo performances with the Boston Newest Sound Initiative, and the commercial version of John Luther Adams' gigantic-scale percussion work, Inuksuit, on Cantaloupe Records. This season, Jeff has been performing as the latest member of Baltimore's Sonar Newest Sound Ensemble, participated in Yale's Norfolk Newest Sound Workshop, and shown concerts at the Kennedy Center in DC and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis.

As an educator, Jeff has taught inner-castle students at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's youth tool, OrchKids, where he established the organization's first percussion department. From 2010-2012, he worked with the Spirit of America Band tool on Cape Cod instructing different ensembles, running sectional rehearsals, and teaching personal lessons. In Fall 2013, he joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory's Preparatory as the director of their percussion tool.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Sound degree with honors from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied with Ayano Kataoka and Thomas Hannum. He recently finished a Master of Sound degree and was awarded the Harold Randolph Prize in Performance at the Peabody Conservatory under the tutelage of marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice.

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Actually i know why he wanted to have lunch alone !!!!

Philip Gardiner

Quite a striking piece. How much is improvised? Very tiny; some; or none.

Lee Nuxunumo

This piece is sick !!

Owen McGee

Who else made it to the mallet part? That was cool as fuck!


Terrific piece & performance.  And what a nice venue!

Conor Richter

Jeff also did some student teaching at Chicopee Comprehensive high school in Chicopee, MA in 2012. It was a pleasure to be taught by him.


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