VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com) – The Valley City State University Music Department is pleased to announce the upcoming recital of faculty member Dr. Taylor Long, on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30 PM. Dr. Long will use a unique array
of percussion instruments including prepared vibraphone, bowed glockenspiel with electronic soundscape, snare drums used as resonators, internal components of speaker cones, and zarb (a Persian hand drum). The program consists of works by composers Hugo Morales Murguia, Rebecca Saunders, Matt Sargent, Ash Fure, Georges Aperghis, and Taylor Long.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dr. Long lived in New York for the previous five years, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in percussion performance at Stony Brook University and served as a percussion teaching fellow at Bard College Conservatory. He has performed at Darmstadter Ferienkurse (Germany), New Music for Strings Festival (Denmark), Oh My Ears New Music Festival (Phoenix), and at venues including Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY), Pioneerworks (Brooklyn), Roulette Intern1edium (Brooklyn), Rhizome (Washington DC), Harvestworks (Manhattan), and Carnegie Hall. As a member of the technology-based group Ensemble Decipher he has performed at New Music Gathering, Interpretations Series, Earth Day Art Model, EarFest, NowNet Arts Conference, Network Festival, and Emruz Festival, and has held residencies at universities including Michigan State University, Peabody Institute, and SUNY Potsdam.

As a member of VCSU’s music faculty, Dr. Long directs VCSU’s Percussion Ensemble and Commercial Music Ensemble, teaches applied percussion lessons, and teaches courses in the audio production program.

Admission to the recital is free, and community members are warmly invited to attend. For those unable to attend in-person, the recital will also be live streamed on the Valley City. State University Music’s YouTube and Facebook pages.