The Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble plays fun groovy multi-dimensional polyphonic music perfect for movement on the dance floor as well as relaxing journeys of the ear and soul. At different times, the funky 8-piece marimba ensemble is joined by the sounds of trumpet, saxophone, flute, melodica, clarinet, percussion, drumset, and voices.
The Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble is excited to announce their debut full length album, “Music For Everyday Life,” to be released on 15 December 2018. The album features 13 tracks, ten original compositions by David Alderdice, one by Matt Drbohlav, and two traditional tunes from Zimbabwe and South Africa. In addition to the 4 1/2 octave family of wooden marimbas, the music on this fun, groovy and multi-dimensional album also features the sounds of mandolin, trumpet, melodica, flute, drumset, percussion, cajon, steelpan, glockenspiel, bass clarinet, didgeridoo, tenor and bari saxophones, trombone, and voice. The band includes Arlyn Alderdice, David Alderdice, Daniel B, Jeannette Carey, Matt Drbohlav, Rebecca Drbohlav, Dylan Fixmer, and Jen Sanborn.
Thank you to Devon Meyers Photography for our new photos!
Here are some videos for you to enjoy of the Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble playing live. If you’ve never heard or seen a full marimba ensemble, we recommend checking it out.
Music for Everyday Life
All tracks composed by David Alderdice & arranged by David Alderdice with the Embodying Rhythm Marimba Ensemble except track 3 traditional; track 4 composed -David & Arlyn Alderdice; track 5 traditional & arranged -Stephen Golovin; track 7 composed -Matt Drbohlov & arranged -David Alderdice.
1). Dry Ground Life Jacket Safety – 3:42
~ a safari spy rumba large animal rumpus parade.
Arlyn: baritone marimba. David: lead soprano marimba, guiro & caxixi. Daniel: drum-set & bongos. Jeannette: alto marimba. Matt: alto marimba. Rebecca: tenor marimba. Dylan: tenor marimba. Jen: bass marimba.
2). Double Edged Superglue – 6:44
~ an ethereal soft rock ballad to transmute loneliness into pure inspiration.
Arlyn: alto. David: melodica. Daniel: baritone. Jeannette: flute, alto & vocals. Matt: drumset. Rebecca: tenor. Dylan: mandolin. Jen: bass.
3). Siyakudamisa – 4:45
~ a Christian inspired hymn in the Zulu-Ndebele vocal tradition of the south African region with a slight Rocky Mountain flavor.
Arlyn: alto. David: melodica. Daniel: drumset. Jeannette: vocals. Matt: bass. Rebecca: tenor. Dylan: mandolin, trumpet & vocals. Jen: baritone. Melanie: vocals. Samuela Akert: vocals.
4). And It Was You – 5:50
~ a flag waving samba themed soccer stadium anthem.
Arlyn: alto & vocals. David: drumset, shakers, surdo, cuica, gonguki bells, apito, reco-reco, repinique, metal thingy & vocals. Daniel: musical silence & vocals. Jeannette: alto and vocals. Matt: baritone. Rebecca: tenor & vocals. Dylan: mandolin, trumpet & vocals. Jen: bass & vocals. Melanie: vocals. Tony: trombone. John: tenor sax. Katie Dean, Alicia Michelson, Jan Simmons & Basil Webb: vocals.
5). Chipembere – 6:18
~ a traditional mbira dzavadzimu piece of the Shona people from Zimbabwe meaning rhinoceros.
Arlyn: lead soprano. David: bass, woodblock, caxixi & camel bells. Daniel: baritone. Jeannette: tenor. Matt: alto. Rebecca: alto. Dylan: tenor. Jen: hosho. Aaron: didgeridoo.
6). Dorothy’s Tune – 4:54
~ a heartfelt instrumental for late and latening grandmas everywhere.
Arlyn: baritone. David: lead soprano. Daniel: drumset. Jeannette: alto. Matt: alto. Rebecca: tenor. Dylan: muted trumpet. Jen: bass.
7). Late Night, I’m in Trouble – 4:14
~ a cool down steelpan vibe, keeping the night alive for…
Arlyn: bass. David: drumset. Matt: steelpan. Dylan: trumpet.
8). Days 4 & 5 – 4:31
~ a down-tempo soundtrack to inspire monumental journeys of the heart and soul.
Arlyn: alto. David: lead soprano & shaker. Daniel: cajon. Jeannette: baritone. Matt: alto. Rebecca: tenor. Dylan: bass clarinet. Jen: bass. Melanie: vocal stylings. Aaron: didgeridoo.
9). Woolly Hot Pads For All – 5:06
~ a halftime shuffle funk groove with a slight Nyabinghi Afro-Cuban island feel. Arlyn: baritone. David: lead soprano, melodica, drumset & djembe. Daniel: lead alto. Jeannette: bass. Matt: tenor. Rebecca: alto. Dylan: tenor & mandolin. Jen: guiro. John: bari sax.
10). Talk With It – 6:46
~ an epic dreamscape with the underpinnings of a toddler’s make believe dinner table adventures.
Arlyn: baritone & shaker. David: glockenspiel, gong, melodica & shaker. Daniel: soprano & drumset. Jeannette: flute & vocals. Matt: alto, steelpan & caxixi. Rebecca: lead tenor & woodblock. Dylan: tenor & finger cymbals. Jen: bass. Melanie: harmony vocals.
11). Baby Foxes Playing in Kaleidoscopic Bliss – 3:33
~ a bouncy rambunctious soundtrack of fluffy, furry, springtime cuteness.
Arlyn: tenor. David: soprano & drumset. Daniel: baritone. Jeannette: tenor. Matt: alto. Rebecca: alto. Dylan: muted trumpet. Jen: bass.
12). Kebler Pass – 4:18
~ a happy-go-lucky Western Slope scenic Zim ride with a little bit of black & gold whodat? swagger.
Arlyn: lead soprano. David: drumset. Daniel: tenor. Jeannette: baritone. Matt: alto. Rebecca: tenor. Dylan: alto & trumpet. Jen: bass. Tony: trombone.
13). Dry Ground Reprise – 1:02
~ a revolving door endcap, this time light and spunky, with feeling.
Arlyn: baritone. David: lead marimbas, drumset, bongos & wood block. Daniel: soprano. Jeannette: alto. Matt: alto. Rebecca: tenor. Dylan: tenor. Jen: bass.
Cover art: Jen Sanborn. Band photos: Devon Meyers. CD layout: Arlyn Alderdice with Samara Taylor & David Alderdice. Recorded & mixed at db sound studio. Engineered by Daniel Be. Produced by David Alderdice. Mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering. All tracks were recorded live in a small home studio in Hotchkiss, CO, except for a few instruments that were recorded later due to sonic & physical space constraints.
A huge heartfelt Thank You to all our families, fans, & community, including Eric & Aja, Alicia, TLC, The Kampe Foundation, Osha Foster, Peter Swing, Musekiwa Chingodza, Marc & Mary, Amma & Goopy, Aaron & Samara, Anduin, Adam, Kelly, Megan, Kathryn & Willa, Will & Kenny, Adam & Sarah, Devon Meyers, Yoseph, Jeff Skeels, db sound, Starr’s Guitars, Kurt Baumann, Bonnie Carol, Michael & Lea, the Shona people of Zimbabwe, to all of our teachers & mentors, peers & students, to you for having this album in your hand & of course to the music itself.