Nanaimo-based marimba player Nicole Arendt performs as part of online showcase on Oct. 24. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo-based marimba player Nicole Arendt performs as part of online showcase on Oct. 24. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo marimba player performing as part of online showcase

Nicole Arendt to also mimic sounds of mandolin, steel bowls using new synthesizer marimba

Nanaimo marimba player Nicole Arendt dressed her home up as a concert venue for the recording of an upcoming virtual performance.

On Oct. 24 Arendt and her band – husband and soprano saxophonist Chris Helman and Vancouver Island Symphony double bassist Mark Beaty – perform as part of the online Fall Moon Concerts series.

Arendt will also play her new electronic synthesizer marimba, which will make it sound like she’s also plucking a mandolin and banging on stainless steel bowls.

The trio will play three original compositions: A piece with minimalist elements, a more classical-inspired song and a work that Arendt describes as “kind of like a dramatic painting of an idea.” Two of those pieces will be played for the first time.

“The third piece that Chris wrote is so new that he was still writing it the morning of the recording,” Arendt said. “So that was extremely fresh.”

WHAT’S ON … Nicole Arendt and her band perform as part of the Fall Moon Concerts series on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Link available here.

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