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Jack Van Geem / Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Duo

In 2017, the duo premiered a program of adaptations of works by Roger Sessions and Irving Fine that share connections to the Shaker song Simple Gifts by Joseph Brackett.

Zeltsman Marimba Festival On Tour

ZMF On Tour brings core ZMF artist faculty (often including Zeltsman & Jack Van Geem, pictured here) to perform concerts and/or present mini-festivals.

These are done by invitation, organized by a volunteer coordinator/host. Complete details.

Island Music


This 35-minute masterpiece composed by Michael Tilson Thomas features two solo marimbists (Van Geem & Zeltsman) with two "tutti marimbas" & two percussionists. It is often featured at ZMF On Tour events.

[The piece is] a doozy, beginning in mystery and closing in riotous celebration. The island in question is Bali, and one of the currents that flows into the music is gamelan (both its ounds and the development of the rhythmic structures). But the piece also reflects the origins of the [marimba], the melting pot of American popular music of the 30s--and Thomas` informed knowledge of such folk-influenced concert works as Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Simply sensational.

-The Boston Globe-

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sotto voce

A 50-minute program of solo pieces performed with projected photographs by Martha Zeltsman (Nancy's mother) & poetry read by Nancy.

Music by Daniel Levitan, Julie Spencer, Paul Simon, Aaron J. Kernis, Duke Ellington, Howard Skempton, Fred Hersch & more

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Absolutely breathtaking--
a combination of great arts.

-a PASIC '14 audience member-



Sharan Leventhal, violin & Nancy Zeltsman, marimba

Marimolin, active as a duo from 1985-1996, is reuniting for occasional performances to commemorate 30 years since their debut.

Their next project (during spring/summer 2018) is to record (audio and video) La Resistencia (2017) by Leo Blanco.

Top photo: Xin (Amy) Yin
Island Music photo: Michael Ptacin
sotto voce photos: Emilie Curry, Martha Zeltsman
Marimolin photo: Claudia Hansen

Nancy Zeltsman 2019 |