I’m excited to announce that composer Zack Browning has a new CD being released on January 31 that features the UCF Percussion Ensemble. Flying Tones is a percussion quintet that we commissioned in 2010 as a dedication for our new Performing Arts facility here on campus. Soon after the premiere in November of 2010, we recorded the piece for this disc, Secret Pulse, released by Innova. You can pick up a copy of the album over at iTunes.
Those of you that are familiar with Browning’s music know about his infatuation with numbers. I’m told that the piece is built around the date that the University was founded, the date of the premiere, as well as my birth date. There are also hints of the UCF Alma Mater. It’s a terrific piece and I highly recommend checking out some more of his music. We will perform Flying Tones again in March at the Florida Day of Percussion hosted at USF.
The disc also features the amazing JACK Quartet, the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Ensemble Unity. The entire disc can be sampled below through Innova’s SoundCloud page:
Here is a video from the premiere (an incredibly windy day…). From left to right: Kaylee Bonatakis, Ben Yancey, myself, Matt Roberts, and Josh Brink.