two percussionists (1990, revised 1996)
2 pair tom-toms, roto-toms or congas
1 bass drum (optional)
Duration: 7 minutes
Premiere: March 12, 1990
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Earthmoves is one of my earliest compositions, written in 1990. At the time I was studying percussion, and I wanted to write a piece that I could perform myself with one other player. I remember being delighted with the dramatic contrast between mallets and sticks on the drums, and being inspired by Japanese drumming techniques.