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Percussion duo's party is bang on.

THIS most glorious of chamber music societies ended its 2011-12 season - the highest point of which was the Atrium Quartet Radio Three live broadcast - with a glorious musical party by the O Duo.

The repertoire of this percussion combination of Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell is so wide-ranging that they are regularly broadcast on Radio Two as well as Radio Three.

From the moment they turned the applause for their initial appearance into the beginning of the fanfare Bongo Fury to the concluding Minute Waltz - here renamed Minute and 23 Seconds Waltz due to the time required to manoeuvre round each other in this four hands on one marimba marimba: see xylophone.
marimba

Xylophone with resonators under each bar. The original African instrument uses tuned calabash resonators. In Mexico and Central America, where it was brought by African slaves, the wooden bars may be affixed to a
 version - their energy, stupendous techniques, comedy and musicianship were irresistible.

Their programme centred on two marimbas and a vibraphone vibraphone
 or vibraharp

Percussion instrument with tuned metal bars, arranged keyboard-style like the xylophone. Felt or wool beaters are used to strike the bars, giving a soft, mellow tone quality.
 working outwards into percussion which was used sparingly - only in Bongo Fury and the second half opener 42nd Street Rondo rondo (rŏn`dō, rŏndō`), instrumental musical form in which the opening section is repeated after each succeeding section containing contrasting thematic material. The complex rondeau of French keyboard music of the 17th cent.  were drums allowed to let rip.

Their marimbas sounded magically O Duo TITLE: Huddersfield Music Society VENUE: St. Paul's Hall, Huddersfield BY: CHRIS ROBINS expressive in two movements from Albniz' Espa[+ or -]ola Suite and combined with St. Paul's Hall's generous acoustic to set up ethereal undertones and overtones in Bach and Chopin Etudes.

Their arrangement of the Dave Brubeck Quartet number Take Five reminded us why this music was so influential and Monti's Cs[sz]rd[sz]s gave us a riotous touch of burlesque.

The most atmospheric and profound work was O Duo's own Searching.

It grew from a shimmering chord which developed into a pulsing effect reaching an anxious climax on the introduction of cymbal cymbal

Percussion instrument consisting of a circular metal plate that is struck with a drumstick or two such plates that are struck together. They were used, often ritually, in Assyria, Israel (from c.
 and drum before subsiding.

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* GOOD VIBRATIONS: Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox have wide appeal
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2012
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