Xerosis for percussion trio
Publisher: C. Alan Publications (2018)
Composed: 2017
Duration: 3′
Difficulty: Medium
Instrumentation (3 players): cabasa, guiro, tambourine

Xerosis is the medical term for abnormally dry skin. In this work, three friction percussion instruments are explored, with all sounds generated from a rubbing or scratching stroke. As a small, chamber work for handheld percussion, this is an excellent change of pace piece for percussion ensembles. Appropriate for run-out concerts, tour performances, or for a “front of curtain” selection to open your percussion ensemble concert, this creative exploration of friction sound possibilities is entertaining and engaging for audiences and performers alike.

‘Xerosis’ provides a good instructive experience for performers, while also putting underused accessory instruments and techniques in the hands of the players. Josh Gottry’s trio takes those often forgotten concepts and asks performers to think more carefully about the way these instruments can interact with an ensemble. – Matthew Geiger
Printed by permission of the Percussive Arts Society, inc.