Beverley Johnston, percussion and Marc Djokic, violin
The BEV & MARC DUO combines percussion (mainly the marimba, with the addition of vibraphone and musical saw!) and strings (violin) to present a new performance dynamic to the audience. The visual impact of the marimba and other on-stage gear peaks the audience interest before the concert begins; their performance has a strong visual and aural presence which is seen from two very unique approaches to playing two very different instruments.
BEV & MARC has premiered and commissioned music from Canada. One of their highlight pieces was jointly commissioned by the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council and features the use of digital FX pedals, adding a new media element to their performance.
The duo usually plays a style of melodic, contemporary, tonal music; their smoothly paced, eclectic programming shows that not all of contemporary music is abstract and atonal. BEV & MARC perform popular marimba and violin repertoire but also research and arrange other pieces to adapt to uncommon instrumentation including the musical saw!
Repertoire includes: Legal Highs by David Jones, Tarantella by Anders Koppel, Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzola, Quantum Holograms by Canadian composer Richard Mascall, About Escher by Spanish composer Mario Carro, and solo works for both violin and percussion by Christos Hatzis.
In spring/summer 2016 this high power duo performed at Brock University and Kincardine Summer Music Festival, and released three music videos filmed in Montreal. Coming up this summer the duo has been invited to perform at the International Chamberfest 2017 in Ottawa.