ARTHUR LIPNER (GUEST ARTIST)



Arthur Lipner has been performing on vibes and marimba as a Guest Artist with Jazz Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles and Steel Bands around the world for over 25 years. These have included appearances with the New York University Jazz Ensemble, Royal Northern Percussion Ensemble (Manchester, UK), Antwerpen Conservatory (Belgium), and Univ of Delaware Steel Band to name a few, along with many USA High School groups. He has been invited to Jazz & Percussion festivals in Peru, Malaysia, Croatia, Paris, Tokyo and many other places. Arthur has arrangements for these ensembles, and can easily fit into any concert repertoire.

 
Of particular note is Arthur's concerto Mallet Fantasia. The orchestral version of this piece premiered with the Nat'l Symphony of Brazil but has not yet been performed in the USA. The Percussion Ensemble version has been performed about 40 times in six countries. This 20-min work exploring mallet sound colors and worldly rhythms usually brings a standing ovation, delighting musicians and audiences alike. The Childrens' Choir (usually from a community, church or school choir) in the second movement brings a charming, youthful element while involving the community by bringing out enthusiastic concert attendees who may not otherwise attend such a concert.

Guest Artist bookings almost always involve a workshop, either for students or the community. Arthur has presented over 300 percussion and jazz workshops on six continents at some of the leading schools in the world. These have included Juilliard School, Univ. of Miami, Royal College of Music (London), Sweelinck Conservatory (Amsterdam), Sydney Conservatory, Jobim Conservatory (Sao Paulo) and many others. Teaching topics range from Percussion techniques to Jazz Improvisation to Music Business and publishing. Arthur is also available for week-long residencies, which usually involve teaching every day and several evening concerts.

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