Marimba! with Rebecca Kite
Enchanting Marimba Music from Around the World
Classroom Presentations, Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Residencies
Culture Studies, History & Social Sciences, Music, US History, World History
Rebecca Kite performs beautiful and engaging music on the concert marimba. This musical instrument has a history of over five thousand years in almost every continent and culture in the world. It originated in southeast Asia, then migrated through Europe in the form of the xylophone and to Africa in the many forms of African marimbas. Brought to the western hemisphere by slaves, the marimba was expanded into a five octave chromatic instrument in Guatemala and Mexico. It came to the US in the early twentieth century where it was extremely popular and used in the early days of sound recording and radio.
Marimba! Rebecca Kite creates a captivating interactive assembly program, weaving the story of the marimba with her performance of its music. Musical selections are drawn from world-wide folk melodies highlighting the unique qualities of the marimba. Her repertoire includes compositions from western classical music and world folk traditions, including compositions for the African xylophone and Javanese gamelan, as well as contemporary marimba music from Japan.