Weaving together a long history of playing in rock bands in the North Woods of Minnesota and a rigorous study of classical percussion, Zack Baltich is an up and coming voice in the Minnesota music community. Writing music that seeks deep, unexplored textures within familiar confines of form and key center, he creates a paradox of challenging, yet approachable soundscapes. Zack studied with composer Carol Barnett at Augsburg College where, in 2014, he received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance. In 2015 Zack received a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds from the Jerome Foundation to compose Western Interior, a 35 minute piece for percussion trio and two electric guitars, inspired by poet Alec Osthoff’s text of the same title. The piece was premiered in November of 2015. Zack’s music has been performed by members of the Augsburg College percussion ensemble and Mexico City based percussion duet Musagette.
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LISTEN: Western Interior for Percussion Trio and Two Guitars
Zack Baltich, Matt Keseley, Casey Collins, percussion
Ben Baltich, Colton Clouse, guitar
Western Interior, composed during the winter of 2015, is inspired by Alec Osthoff’s poem of the same name. The poem is a creative reflection of what can happen behind closed doors in the ice fishing houses of northern Minnesota during the winter months.