Academic Calendar

Guest Recital with Bob Becker and Yurika Kimura

Date: April 19, 2014
Time: 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Category: Fine Arts
Location: Rothwell Recital Hall

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music is proud to present a guest recital with Bob Becker, percussionist and composer, and Yurika Kimura, marimbist. The recital concludes the 2nd Annual Day of Percussion

Bob BeckerBob Becker’s performing experience spans nearly all of the musical disciplines where percussion is found. Generally considered to be one of the world’s premier virtuoso performers on the xylophone and marimba, he appears regularly as a soloist and clinician. In particular, his work toward resurrecting the repertoire and performance styles of early 20th century xylophone music has been recognized internationally. Becker has been associated with the Malletech company since 1988, and plays the Malletech ragtime/soloist xylophone, which he helped design, and also uses the Bob Becker signature line of Malletech mallets and snare drum sticks. He is an endorser and designer for the Sabian cymbal company, and was honored with Sabian's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. In 2006 he was recognized as a "Master Drummer" by the International Association of Traditional Drummers, an organization founded by the legendary rudimentalist John S. Pratt. In 1999, as a member of the percussion group NEXUS, Becker was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame.
Yurika Kimura began training on the piano when she was 3-years old, later adding marimba studies. She majored in percussion performance, piano, and Hammond organ at the Sakuyo College of Music, graduating with a scholarship and an award as the top student in all departments. Her major teachers include Mitsuaki Imamura, percussionist with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, and marimba virtuoso Keiko Abe. In addition, she is a licensed therapist by the Japan Music Therapy Association. Kimura has performed as a concert marimbist and xylophonist, specializing in the virtuoso repertoire of early 20th-century America. Her uncanny ability to play the marimba using four, five, and six mallets simultaneously has allowed her to create transcriptions and arrangements of 1920's period accompaniments originally performed on a piano or by small orchestras. Her arrangements for xylophone and marimba duet are published by Keyboard Percussion Publications in the series "Recollections of G.H. Green." Her CD, Alabama Moon – A Salute to G.H. Green, released by Resonator Records in 2013 features these and other duet pieces performed together with xylophonist Bob Becker.

In 2011, Kimura performed at the 50th Anniversary Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis as a member of the Bob Becker Ensemble. In 2012 and 2013 she appeared together with Bob Becker at the Leigh Howard Stevens Summer Marimba Seminar and the Bob Becker Ragtime Xylophone Institute. Kimura is a Malletech Artist and endorser.

Contact: Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music