Cloud Forest by Blake Tyson was commissioned by Spindrift Percussion Group in 2005. The original version was for percussion trio and soloist. In 2008 he revised the work for marimba soloist and percussion quartet.
"Cloud Forest was inspired by my visits to Ecuador, my travels between Quito and Esmeraldas, and the Ecuadorian cloud forests. It begins with the spinning, uneven journey from the top of Ecuador to the Pacific Ocean and ends with the trip back to Quito. The work also depicts the beauty of the lush forests and the great times I had with my friends in Ecuador.
When I arrived in Esmeraldas after my long journey from Quito, the marimba I had expected to perform on was not there. The only marimba available was a small traditional instrument that had been built by a local musician. The piece I had planned to perform would not fit on this marimba. Rather than give up, I took the two hours I had before the concert, came up with some ideas, and then improvised a work that I entitled Journey to Esmeraldas. The main themes in Cloud Forest come from this improvisation."
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Works for Percussion by this Composer
A Ceiling Full of Stars – Percussion Ensemble (8 players)
A cricket sang and set the sun – Marimba
Anubis – Marimba
Cloud Forest – Marimba with Percussion Quartet
Firefish – Marimba
Inside the Shining Stone – multiple Percussion
Lost Mountain Sunrise – Marimba
Moonrise – Percussion Ensemble (7 players)
Not far from here – Marimba
Ursa Conculium - Multiple Percussion; Trombone
Vagabond of Light – percussion trio
Vertical River – duet for Marimba and vibraphone
The Wind That Turns the World – Marimba with Percussion Quartet