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The Space Between III – Acadia (Wolfville, Nova Scotia)

October 18 @ 8:00 am - October 19 @ 2:00 pm

The Canadian percussion Network connects percussionists across the country interested in building bridges between percussion research and performance. We hosted our first in-person event at McMaster in April of 2022, in conjunction with the Ontario Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and had our second event at McGill University. Titled the Space Between, our events brought together over 100 percussionists from across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and Japan.

We are pleased to present our next in-person event, The Space Between III at Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) happening October 18 – 19, 2024. Similar to our previous gatherings, event is open to all percussionists from Canada and abroad and will feature lectures, demonstrations, performances, and research posters.  Thanks to a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PDG), this event will be free of charge to all participants. The Space Between III will bring together perspectives from both research-creation (i.e., new works for percussion, different approaches to performance) and percussion-focused research (i.e., examining percussionists’ gestures, analyzing percussion acoustics). We aim to explore the “space between” these typically siloed efforts, to build new connections and benefit from a wider range of perspectives and expertise related to the ever-growing world of percussion.

Featured Ensembles

Architek Percussion

+ performances from the Canadian Percussion Network Orchestra!

List of instruments available at Acadia

We are inviting applications for oral presentation, posters and performances that explore “the space between” artistic creation and research involving percussion—broadly defined. We have a particular interest in performances of works by under represented Canadian composers.

The Canadian Percussion Network has identified four key topics of research: Health and Well-Being, Acoustics and Perception, Percussion Ensemble Literature, and Community Building. We encourage submissions aligned with those topics to indicate this in our submission portal (however research on any area of percussion will be considered).

Abstract Submission: Abstracts should include a title as well as name(s) and affiliation(s) of author(s). The total abstract length should not exceed 300 words and should be submitted through our official submission portal. Application for performances should articulate their link with a research topic, and parallel submissions of posters on that topic are encouraged (but not required). Proposed performances should not exceed 15min, including a brief oral introduction of the performance and their link to research. You will be asked to provide a detailed description of the work to be performed, including the instrumentation, as well as audio/video examples of the work whenever possible.


Event host: Mark Adam 

Mark Adam is an associate professor and acting director of Acadia University’s School of Music. Mark has made various contributions to the Canadian Percussion Network through consultation and video presentations during the 2020-2021 COVID-19 music response. Mark’s interests include percussion performance, pedagogy, music production, improvisation, and contemporary music. His workshop aims to introduce a percussion pedagogy practice that meets us in this very particular time when cultural educators need to adapt to changes



Confirmed Presenters:



Adam Patrick BellDisability in the Life of J Dilla and Its Influence on his Rhythmic Invention
Matthew LauEffortless and Relaxed Playing Through Yoga Alignment Knowledge
Gina RyanMind Play: A book of sound poems for prepared marimba
Jérémie CarrierPolytempo experimentation: How does it work and why is it so viral?
Joseph ChangSymmetrical Structures in Xenakis’s Okho: At the Intersection of Mathematics and Literature
Marvin BurockJoe Morello – An Insider’s View
Matthew ColeyThe World’s Only Mallet Percussion Museum: What are they going to do with 50 marimbas?
Michel DeschênesHow to build a percussion community
Ryan DrewPercussive paratextuality and cymbalic spaces: marginalia as reading and writing in percussion
Shawn MativetskyRudimentaal: Building Bridges Between Western and Indian Drumming Traditions
Nadia AzarBarriers and facilitators to including injury prevention education within drum kit curricula: Perceptions of independent instructors giving private lessons


Lecture Demos 

Breanna Stewart & Brydone CharltonInterpretation, pulse, and sonic exploration of the vibraphone in Linda Catlin Smith’s Invisible Cities (1982)
Daniel Akira StadnickiWorld Drummer in the Academy: Researching (and Teaching) an Extractive Musical Practice
Joāo Catalão and Simon ChioiniVers une écriture instrumentale collaborative: Quelque part… le cas d’une pièce pour percussion et électronique
Michelle ColtonThe Stars are Not Aligned by Kevin Lau
Stuart MarrsEight Pieces for Four Timpani by Elliott Carter: Technical and Performance Analysis
Ziya TabassianRediscovering Ancient Persian Rhythm Cycles: Insights from the Amir Khan Gorgi Manuscript



Andrew BuschKairos Percussion Quartet Performs “Twiƨt” (2024) for Percussion Quartet and Fixed Media by Joshua Weinfeld
Bevis Ng“Torrent” for Vibraphone and Live Processing Electronic by Fish Yu
Matthew LauHertz & Lumen: Poetry of Images & Sounds
Fabrice MarandolaFAST (2015) by Tim Brady
Ignacio CorralesThe Rioplatenses Nuances
Jérémie CarrierRéflexions
Manuel López Tovar & Crystal KimFantasy for Cello and Percussion (1986) – David Maves
Matthew ColeyNew Voices in Contemporary Marimba Music
Michel DeschênesSuite for solo Drum set And Percussion Ensemble David Mancini
Boom Bap for percussion Sextet Nick Werth
Shawn MativetskyGeneration Recall & Starfield: A performance of new works for tabla and effects pedals by Shawn Mativetsky
Victoria SparksConnecting the Threads – an exploration in community minded rehearsal and performance processes
Victoria Sparks, Kristie Ibrahim & Gina RyanThe Flower Episode



Alexandre DucharmeRéparer ses baguettes : L’importance de créer son identité musicale (FR)
Mallet wrapping : The importance of crafting your own sound (ENG)
David Therrien BrongoCinq chansons pour percussion de Claude Vivier : une pièce solo et ses trois arrangements pour ensemble à percussion 
Manuel López TovarPreliminary study on timpani timbre-blending with cello
Simon Chioini“Exploration graphique de la partition de “Quelque part” : une approche hybride entre notation conventionnelle et expression graphique”
Hannah BarnesCreating a Timbral Taxonomy in Recent Works for Percussion: “Ramification” and “A very short space of time through very short times of space”
Nadia AzarHand-arm vibration exposure in drummers
Nicholas PapadorBecoming the Vessel: Klezmer Performance Practice and Ornamentation for Mallet Percussionists.


Contact Please feel free to contact Mark Adam (, Fabrice Marandola (, and/or Michael Schutz ( with any questions regarding the conference.



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October 18 @ 8:00 am
October 19 @ 2:00 pm
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Mark Adam


Acadia University
15 University Ave
Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P2R6 Canada
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