Marimba One Hosts International Marimba Academy in Arcata, Calif.

Katarzyna Mycka during masterclass with participant Sandra Sichaca

“My aim is to create an environment in which students have a chance to play with people who are active in the field,” Katarzyna Mycka explained.

IKMMA 2017 in Arcata

The resonant sound of marimba echoed from locations all across the small town of Arcata, CA when percussion artists and students came together to play marimba at the eighth annual International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy (IKMMA). Led by world-renowned Polish marimba artist Katarzyna Mycka, the academy was held in the United States for the first time from June 2nd-11th. This year, the academy was hosted by Marimba One, a manufacturer that designs and builds marimbas 100% in California.

This year, thirty-one IKMMA participants came to Arcata from as far away as China and Sweden, and as close as our very own Humboldt State University. In preparation, students were given scores to practice before they arrived at the academy. Once there, the students got together and practiced their pieces in ensembles.

“My aim is to create an environment in which students have a chance to play with people who are active in the field,” Katarzyna Mycka explained. Each day, the students got individual lessons from the faculty of professional marimba artists which included Katarzyna Mycka, Jean Geoffroy (France), Andreas Boettger (Germany), Juan Forero (Colombia) as well as composer Arkadiusz Katny (Poland). Staff included Conrado Moya (Spain) and Filip Mercep (Croatia).

In the evenings, students and teachers alike performed the pieces that they practiced at the academy for the general public. At the opening and closing concerts at the Arcata Playhouse students and teachers performed for overflowing audiences…

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