CONTEST ENTRY EDIT:
I won! [link]
If you like, watch the high quality version on YouTube. [link]
This is my traditional media entry (because it's a performance) for the contest Drums in My Heart are Beating, info here: [link]
This is a video of me performing the third movement of a timpani solo called "Bushido: The Way of the Warrior" and it is by John Willmarth. The movement is called "Yu (Bravery and Heroism)." The music is about the courage of the samurai in battle. The beat of the drums is like the pulse of the samurai and like the working of their minds as they engage their enemy in combat.
And on a side note, this is the drawing my friend *KaizokuShojo
did for my recital poster.
It is my job as the performer to bring out the theme of the music in the performance, which is why I chose to submit this performance for the contest. I believe that not only did I do a good job, but just like the samurai must have the code of bushido as part of them, the drums and the music must be a part of me in order for me to communicate the message of the music to the audience. I spent countless hours practicing this for months before performing it so I could best communicate the message of the music. So not only does the performance show how the beat of the drums is like the heart and mind of the samurai, it shows how the beat of the drums are part of my heart too.
Even if I don't win anything, it was very important to me to enter the contest, because drums really are
a very large part of my heart and who I am. They consume a very big part of my life, and this contest gives me a chance to show people a large part of my soul and who I really am.
I had to upload this video in flash, so the player is small and the audio quality is not as good as the original file. The original is on YouTube (link above) so if you would like to see/hear it better, you can. Also, the audio isn't the original from the tape. I had the audio recorded professionally, and I spliced it into the video myself.
Also had to trim the video, because there are two movements in the piece before this one. So I did in fact edit this film.
I have permission from the composer to post this performance. The music is copyrighted to him and this performance of it may not be modified in any way, or used elsewhere without my permission.