Westlake, Nigel

Omphalo Centric Lecture

4 players

4 Marimbas

Approx. 10 minutes

Piece written by an Australian composer commissioned by percussion group Synergy in 1984.

“The title comes from a painting by Paul Klee – the direct & centered simplicity of which was an inspiration to me during the writing of this piece. The piece also owes much to African Balofon (or xylophone) music, with its persistant ostinati, cross – rhythms & variations on simple melodic fragments. Like African music it seeks to celebrate life through rhythm, energy & movement. It was originally composed for the Sydney based percussion quartet Synergy.”

-Nigel Westlake

Annotated by Nate Tucker