Leigh Howard Steven's five-decade-long career has been spent revolutionizing the art of playing marimba, from performing hundreds of recitals internationally, to codifying marimba technique in his Method of Movement, to designing mallets and instruments. He is a Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame member and has been featured in several mainstream publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, which described him as "the world's greatest marimbist." He has commissioned and premiered works from Joseph Schwantner, John Serry, and David Maslanka, among others.
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0:00 intro and hello.
7:05 Hello to Leigh Howard Stevens
9:10 David Maslanka and LHS?
18:40 Facebook questions: Most challenging piece you've played?
Serry: Night Rhapsody, West Side Suite. Helble: Preludes, Toccata Fantasy. Performing and the feeling of work.
28:00 Publication of West Side Suite?
33:20 Upcoming recording plans?
36:15 Magic tricks...?
42:50 Challenges that beginners have learning the LHS technique?
52:48 Rosewood and the new M-Tech series?
58:35 Casey: Today in history: Paul Creston, Thelonious Monk, Porgy and Bess