Percussion in all its glory will be on show at the Taranaki Cathedral this Friday.
Taranaki musician Fraser Bremner will drum away for two hours on a variety of percussion instruments during his concert Pahu (Part Two).
The performance will be Bremner's first solo concert in the region since he performed part one at the cathedral two years ago.
"Everything that will be in the concert is either music I have written, or music I have arranged," he said.
"The majority of the concert pieces I have written, I've written in the past six months."
The four-time New Zealand open percussion winner will also be joined by one of his students, Dominic Jacquemard, 14, during the concert, as well as the New Plymouth Orchestra string ensemble which will premiere a piece he wrote about the Christchurch earthquake.
Bremner's parents Trevor, an internationally renowned cornetist, and pianist mother Betty, will also add their talents to the programme.
Currently a cheffing student at Witt, the 30-year-old also juggles his studies with teaching.
"I take private lessons in New Plymouth for percussion and drum kit. I really enjoy it.
"You get a sense of accomplishment from it, and passing on the knowledge that you've picked up over the years to others is pretty awesome."
Two of Bremner's students, Indiana Shewen, 17, and Jacquemard, were recently selected to perform in the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Brass Band.
The teenage duo head soon to Rotorua, where they will be tutored before performing concerts at the end of the week.
Bremner has been asked along to tutor the budding musicians and will also take a workshop while there.
Although he has been playing percussion for 26 years, Bremner said there were still a few nerves circulating as this weekend's concert crept closer.
"I haven't had long to learn the pieces. I spent quite a lot of time writing the music and haven't really had any time to sit down and play.
"Once I get rid of the nerves I'll be excited."
He said the last piece in the concert was fairly demanding, both technically and physically.
"I'll be playing four timpani, xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, tubular bells, concert bass drum and a gong."
Bremner said the piece had to be choreographed, and involved a lot of running between instruments.
"I'll probably get fit doing it," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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