Solo Marimba (four mallets), Grade !V
by Juan Álamo
Associate Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Music
edited by Arthur Lipner
"Ensoñación is a Spanish word for Reverie (being lost in one’s thoughts). The main inspiration for this piece came from the beautiful landscapes of my homeland Puerto Rico. A few places in particular that inspired me, such as the historic colonial city of Old San Juan, El Morro ( a fortress built between the 16th and 18th centuries), and a national forest called El Yunque. In a way, I was trying to capture the dreamy or musing state." JÁ
physical & digital, 7 pgs, released Nov. '22
Álamo performs Ensoñación Moderato
Álamo performs Ensoñación Allegro
Dr. Álamo has published five marimba recordings: Remembrance (2007), Marimjazzia (2014), Pursuing Freedom (2016) and Ruta Panoramica (2019) and Ensoñación (2021). Dr. Álamo has recorded and shared the stage performing in collaboration with renowned artists such as Keiko Abe, William Cahn, Ney Rosauro, Steve Shick, Tito Puente, Brandford Marsalis, Dave Samuels, Michael Spiro, Claudio Roditi among others. He has performed and recorded with the San Juan Pops and played the Classical orchestral repertoire with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Krzyszt Penderecki and Sergiu Comissiona.
As a composer, Dr. Álamo has several pieces published by major publishing companies such as Innovative Percussion, Drop 6 Media, C. Alan Publication, Musicon Publications and MalletWorks Music. He is the author of the book “Four Mallet Music for the Modern Marimba Player,” a technique and pedagogical method for marimba. He is also a contributor to the MalletWorks vibes book “Milt Jackson: Transcribed Solos of the Master”. Álamo is a performing artist and clinician for Yamaha, Meinl Percussion, and Encore Mallets Inc. More information about Dr. Álamo’s artistic career, compositions, recordings and performance schedule is available at https://juanalamomusic.com/.