Ji Hye Jung and Michael Zell (project coordinators), Kyle Acuncius, Thad Anderson, Michael Burritt, Thomas Burritt, Gwendolyn Burgett Thrasher, Candy Chiu, Sean Connors, John Corkill, Kevin Dufford, Greg Giannascoli, Brian Graser, Adam Groh, Barrett Hipes, Mi Youne Kim, William Moersch, Ian Rosenbaum, Jeff Sass and Robert Van Sice.
The idea to commission John Serry for a new piece for solo marimba came to us in the Spring of 2008. I had heard Ji Hye perform his Night Rhapsody quite a few times, and that particular piece really started to grow on me. Aside from the incredibly impressive technical demands it places on the performer, I was struck by the way Serry incorporates his own complex harmonic language with the simplicity of the Dies Irae, and how he creates interesting textures by utilizing the marimba in unique and novel ways.
Throughout Groundlines, the left and right hands of the performer remain relatively independent of one another. The bulk of the music is in 6/8 time, although a strong, three-beat hemiola persists during much of the piece. The right hand fluctuates between accented double-stops on intervals of mostly sevenths and ninths, to legato lines that utilize one-handed rolls. The is just a summary of some basic elements of the piece. To describe the specific musical or developmental aspects within this paragraph would be a futile endeavor, and wouldn't help you to enjoy it any more than you would anyways!
– Michael Zell