Tandem Duo's debut album, Bars and Bows, consists of original arrangements of pieces spanning 600 years that were written for different instrumentation. Many of the tracks use extended techniques on the marimba, especially bowing the edge of the bars. 

The album was recorded in a single afternoon using complete takes, no splicing or editing of notes was done, giving it the sound of a live performance.

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1. Mit Ganczem Willen

Mit Ganczem Willen by Conrad Paumann is an early music piece from the 1400's that has been arranged for modern marimba/violin ensemble by Tandem Duo. By using a combination of bowing and mallets on the marimba the instruments are able to blend and maintain the flow of the original work while bringing the freshness of modern technique.

2 - 4. Three Pieces for Violin Cello

Originally written for violin and cello, Three Pieces for Violin and Cello by Kohei Kondo was arranged for violin and marimba – with the marimbist playing the cello part - by Tandem Duo in the fall of 2011. The arrangement uses extended techniques on marimba, such as bowing, playing with fingers, and dead strokes, to mimic the various cello articulations. The three movements, "The Moon", based on a poem by Kazuko Morinaga, "Invited Land," based on a poem by Kunitomo Emori, and "Native Land," based on a poem by Kunitomo Emori, use minimal notes with an exceptional sense of sonority and counterpoint between the two players to paint hauntingly beautiful images of rural Japan.

5. Le Ray au soleyl

Le Ray au solely - meaning "The Sun Ray" -  by Johannes Ciconia is an early vocal music piece from the late middle ages that has been arranged for modern marimba/violin ensemble by Tandem Duo. The marimba part is played using exclusively bowing, allowing the violin and marimba to able to blend and making the moments of dissonance more poignant.

6 - 9. Preludes Flasques (pour un chien)

Préludes Flasques (pour un chien) (Flabby Preludes for a Dog) by Erik Satie, is a light-hearted jaunt through the various interactions of life with a canine companion. The four-movement work is the second in a set of three pieces of the same name (the third being Truly Flabby Preludes for a Dog) written in 1912.  The four movements: I. “Voix D’intérieur” (indoor voice) II. “Idylle Cynique” (cynical romance) III. “Chanson Canine” (dog song) IV. “Avec Camaraderie” (with friendship) are quaint tidbits of Satie’s famous sense of humor.  Originally written for piano, the piece has been arranged by Tandem Duo to split the right and left hands between the two players.

10. Qui d'a mours

Qui d’a mours (composer unknown), is an early vocal music piece from roughly the 15th century that has been arranged for modern marimba/violin ensemble By Tandem Duo. While rhythmically simple, the piece calls for sophisticated intonation from the violinist and interweaving of musical lines. The marimba part consists of a single continuous line that is played using up and down bowing and activating the notes with a soft mallet to keep the syncopation intact while maintaining the fluidity of the line. 

11. I Got Rhythm

One of George Gershwin’s most popular tunes, "I Got Rhythm" has been arranged from the solo piano score by Tandem Duo marimbist Marilyn K. Clark Silva to be a flashy short duet for marimba and violin.


released July 3, 2016 

Tandem Duo: Sarah Off and Marilyn K. Clark Silva 
Recording Engineer: Joe Millea