Join us on March 20 & 21 for the 4th North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival.
This year's guest artist is Anders Åstrand. As a mallet specialist, Åstrand regularly performs and gives clinics throughout the US, Latin America, Australia, and Europe. With his percussion ensemble, Global Percussion Network, he has toured extensively in Sweden, Europe, the USA and South Korea.
Åstrand focuses on melodic and rhythmical improvisation, an essential feature also in his compositions. Åstrand has been commissioned to compose for brass quintets, saxophone quartet, choirs, and big band. A more spectacular side features compositions for ice instruments to be performed by percussion ensemble (one of the concerts also featured fighter aircraft as instruments), tractors, and an entire building being inaugurated. Åstrand has also composed music for multimedia performances including dance, video projections, ice instruments, and fire sculptures.
Anders Åstrand collaborates with Swedish as well as international musicians: He is a sought after percussion clinician, but has also led several choir projects both in Europe and in the US. He has appeared several times at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention).
Since 2008 Anders Åstrand has been an International Education Orchestral Consultant for Zildjian. He plays Yamaha instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Innovative Percussion mallets, Evans drumheads and Latin Percussion.
For information about compositions by Anders Åstrand, please visit Innovative Percussion Inc. at www.innovativepercussion.com
Friday, March 20
5:00p Honors Youth Ensemble rehearsal
7:30p Opening NLYPE Festival concert featuring Anders Åstrand
Saturday, March 21
10:00a Ouachita JHS, directed by Michael Holdiness
11:00a Clinic with Anders Åstrand
1:30p West Ouachita HS, directed by Clif Liner
2:00p Neville HS, directed by Chelsea King
2:30p Ruston HS Intermediate, directed by Walter Moss
3:00p Ruston HS Advanced, directed by Walter Moss
5:00p Closing NLYPE Festival concert featuring the Honors Youth Percussion Ensemble and select performances heard earlier in the day
Use the hashtag #NLYPE15 and join the Facebook event by clicking here: http://goo.gl/aKxjOa
Tickets will be available at the door for both evening concerts and for Saturday's clinic with Anders. General admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, children, and non-Tech students; one free ticket for Tech students and faculty. An all event pass may be purchased for $15. Performances in the day on Saturday are free.
Click here to download a copy of the Festival Poster.