Paschals rhythm of life

Percussionist Brett Paschal's first solo album, 'About Time,' is all about the rhythm around us
by: Barbara Adams, Estacada resident Brett Paschal will perform his original pieces on a Rosewood marimba made by local marimba maker and artist Peter Bush.

When Percussionist Brett Paschal ran five minutes short on music during his marimba concert at Estacada's first Music Crawl July 26, 2007, he didn't let on to his audience-he improvised on a 'little idea' that he had been mulling over. 'Then, all of a sudden,' he said, 'this amazing composition came out.'

That idea turned into magic as he played local marimba maker Peter Bush's newest instrument at Sabor Latino that night. For the next seven days Paschal worked the piece over as he refined it in his mind and on his instrument. He then transcribed it onto manuscript paper-'Old school, with pencil,' he said-input the music into his computer and e-mailed it to his publisher, 'Rosebush' was published immediately.

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Paschal will perform 'Rosebush' and many other original tunes during his CD release concert celebrating his first solo album, 'About Time.' The concert is sponsored by Estacada Together, and will be held at the Estacada Auditorium at EJH at 7 p.m.

Estacada Together President Jane Reid was at the Sabor Latino performance last July. 'I had no idea the marimba could sound like that,' she said. 'I was so impressed-watching him play and how quickly and how dexterous he was, how each of his mallets were like extensions of his fingers. I think that Brett has a real interesting sound-real sophisticated stuff, high energy. It will appeal to a lot of folks.'

Paschal, 34, is professor of percussion and music theory at Lewis and Clark College. He's also a percussionist with the Oregon Symphony, a timpanist with the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and owns East2West Studios in Clackamas, where he teaches and records. He moved to Estacada six years ago with his wife, Anita, who is expecting their first child.

Paschal titled 'Rosebush' after marimba maker Peter Bush's company, Rosebush. At the Jan. 26 concert, he will perform on a Rosebush marimba provided by Peter.

Eleven pieces are recorded on 'About Time.' Paschal said that his concert, which will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes, will feature five songs from his CD, an 'in-formance' when he will talk about the marimba, and the world premier of one of his newest pieces, 'Echo Rhythm,' inspired by his wife's pregnancy. 'She hasn't even heard it yet,' he said. 'She's going to bawl.'

Tickets will be available at the door for $8 for general admission, and $5 for seniors and students. For more information about East2West Studios, log onto, or call 503-650-3323.