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2003 Student Research Conference:
16th Annual Undergraduate and 1st Annual Graduate Research Conference

Fine Art

A Marimba Experience: Omphalo Centric Lecture by Nigel Westlake 
Amie E Walter* , Tim Linsenbardt , Becca Briguglio , Ryan Milligan
Michael Bump, Faculty Mentor(s)

Omphalo Centric Lecture, by Nigel Westlake, is a marimba quartet composed in 1984. Nigel Westlake is a self-taught Australian composer well known as a performer on bass clarinet and composer of works for several genres: orchestras, theater, ensembles, circus, television, radio, and films. His most famous film scores include “Babe“, “Celluoid Heroes“, and several IMAX features. Inspired by Paul Klee’s painting, Omphalo Centric Lecture, this piece is based on the music of the African balofon (or xylophone), exemplified by the persistent ostinati, polyrhythms, and variations on simple melodic fragments which is typical of this style of writing. This piece was originally written for the Sydney (Australia) based percussion quartet “Synergy”. 

Keywords: Marimba, Omphalo Centric Lecture, Westlake, Composer, Australian, Paul Klee, African, balofon

Presentation Type: Performing Art

Session: 15-1
Location: OP 1393, Performance Hall
Time: 9:45 am

* Indicates the Student Presenter

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