Our Favorite Things
Andrea Venet percussion
Annie Stevens percussion
Ravello Records proudly presents Escape X’s sophomore release, OUR FAVORITE THINGS. The album, which is the group’s first project with Ravello, features the music of contemporary composers and artists ranging from award-winning jazz artist Joe Locke to internationally-renowned New Zealand composer John Psathas and many others. Jazz, percussion, and pop all find a home on OUR FAVORITE THINGS.
Escape X is a duo comprised of Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet specializing in percussion instruments like marimba, vibraphone, and much more. Their mission is to generate creative and diverse music within a variety of genres and timbral contexts in order to bring challenging, lasting works into the standard repertoire. OUR FAVORITE THINGS is a potent fulfilment of that mission.
OUR FAVORITE THINGS showcases the talents of an impressive array of composers, and in so doing, flexes the duo’s versatility. Take the album’s first track, for one: Parkway is a programmatic piece starring marimba and vibraphone inspired by a road trip through New Jersey. Ethereal and abstract at first, the piece soon coalesces around bustling rhythms that simulate the open highway. Compare this to Clear Midnight; it is a continuous two-movement work featuring marimbas, drums, and voice. The challenging piece, inspired by the Walt Whitman poem of the same name, requires the musicians to sing while playing their instruments. The result is a rich, engulfing texture punctuated by percussive interjections. Likewise, behind every piece is a compelling story, and each work dares the duo in inventive ways.
Escape Ten regularly performs around the country, a fact which is viscerally apparent to those who listen to OUR FAVORITE THINGS; the performances are both technically impressive and brimming with raw energy, the kind you expect from a stage rather than a recording studio. Those who revel in the timbral possibilities of the marimba and vibraphone, as well those who appreciate rhythmic compositions with a healthy dose of storytelling, will no doubt cherish this latest release from Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Parkway||Joe Locke||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion||5:41|
|02||Jettatura (Arr. O. Carmenates for Percussion Duo)||John Psathas, arr. Omar Carmenates||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion||5:04|
|03||2300 Degrees||Ivan Trevino||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion||7:21|
|04||Fast Lane||Aurél Holló||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion||5:36|
|05||Medley: Weird Fishes/Pyramid Song/15-Step (Arr. A. Venet)||Radiohead, arr. Andrea Venet||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion; Brant Blackard, drumset||7:24|
|06||Sand Dunes (Version for Marimba Duo)||Kelly Rossum||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion||4:35|
|07||Clear Midnight||Michael Burritt||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion||8:54|
|08||My Favorite Things (Arr. A. Venet for Percussion Duo)||Rodgers/Hammerstein II, arr. Andrea Venet||Andrea Venet, percussion; Annie Stevens, percussion||5:35|
Duo for marimba, vibraphone, crotales & gongs
Duo for marimbas and vibraphones
Duo for marimbas and crotales
Duo for marimba, vibraphone & percussion
For percussion duo and drumset
Duo for two marimbas & percussion
Duo for two marimbas, drums & voice
MY FAVORITE THINGS
Duo for marimba, vibraphone & percussion
Tracks 1-6 and 8 recorded June 14-17, 2017 at Virginia Tech, Recital Salon in Blacksburg VA
Recording Session Producer Ray Dillard
Recording Session Engineer Nick Corrigan
Track 7 recorded July 15, 2018 at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA
Recording Session Producer & Engineer Denver Nuckolls
All tracks were recorded using the following instruments:
Malletech Imperial Grand marimba, Malletech Roadster marimba, Malletech Omega Vibraphone, DREAM M-bao gongs, DREAM cymbals, DREAM crotales, Remo drumheads, and Malletech mallets.
Executive Producer Bob Lord
Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Morgan Santos
VP, Audio Production Jeff LeRoy
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
Mastering Shaun Michaud
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Sara Warner
The Escape Ten (Escape X) duo formed from an epic coast-to-coast road trip taken by Annie Stevens and Andrea Venet in a Ford Escape on the Interstate-10 from Virginia to California in 2012. Today, Escape Ten maintains a steady performance schedule touring as guest artists and clinicians internationally. Regularly premiering new works for percussion, they remain active commissioning composers, collaborating on creative projects, joining consortiums, and writing their own pieces. Their mission is to generate creative and diverse music within a variety of genres and timbral contexts in order to bring challenging, lasting works into the standard repertoire.
Clear Midnight by Michael Burritt (Official)
Fast Lane by Aurél Holló
Escape Ten performs 2300 Degrees by Ivan Trevino