Inspired by the common grounds shared with the ethnic idiophones, the first purpose of the research is to transcribe and arrange ethnic idiophone music to the modern marimba. Because the builder’s design concepts are undisclosed, the instrument has a doubtful origin. There is still a debate about whether the African, Mexican or Indonesian idiophone is the ancestor of the first prototype. But what if the builder was inspired by all of these idiophones, giving the modern instrument a multi-cultural identity? We shouldn't neglect the frequent regional musical exchanges between musicians and amateurs.
Therefore the transcription and arrangements as well as the investigation into the first instrument are two trajectories to conceptualize the multi-cultural identity found in the modern marimba. This will be done through transcribing and arranging ethnic idiophone music to the modern marimba and revealing the design secrets of its first prototype in 1918.
Promoters: Erik Myin & Kathleen Coessens