December 9, 2005
TMU concert a success
The Temporal Mechanics Union, the percussion ensemble resident at Cowley College, presented Migrations, a newly commissioned work by Todd Harper Thursday night at the Robert Brown Theatre on the Cowley College campus.
To capture this idea, Harper had the performers move through a series of stations. These stations are collections of various percussion instruments, or materials such as water and stones. At each station, the performers improvise freely to express the main musical theme. The players each have a signature “traveling rhythm” they play on small, handheld instruments as they move from station to station. At the heart of the composition was a marimba solo, played by guest artist Garrett Ward.
Temporal Mechanics Union is a community based, all-ability ensemble. Anyone may join, no matter their musical skill or experience. Members of the ensemble are Tim Badley, Mike Fell, Aaron Fox, Mark Jarvis, Chansi Long, Bryan McChesney, Rebecca McGary, and Ashley Snyder.