Inuksuit 2018

Shelby Farms Park - Memphis
Registration open until April 7, 2018!

Thank you for your interest in joining us for our performance of John Luther Adams' Inuksuit! This page will hopefully answer most of your questions. If you have any additional questions, please email Dr. Shaltis at

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, April 21st (all events CFA 137, labeled "Art Museum" on the map below):

1:00 - Dr. Ben Fraley, Inuksuit Clinic

2:30 - Rehearsal

4:00 - Break

4:30 - Dress Rehearsal #1

6:00 - Dinner Break (on your own)

7:30 - Percussionpalooza

Sunday, April 22nd (all events Heart of the Park, Shelby Farms Park; rain site TBD):

1:00 - Dress Rehearsal #2

4:00 - Dinner Break

5:00 - Performance


What is Inuksuit?

Inuksuit is a piece scored for 9-99 percussionists and to be performed outdoors. The piece is approximately 1.5 hours long.

What are the parts?

Part 1: cardboard megaphone, a horn sound, siren sound, bell sound, and triangle

Part 2: friction sound, sizzle cymbal, 7 tom-toms, bass drum

Part 3: whirled tube, 7 suspended cymbals, tam tam, glockenspiel

Do I need to be able to read music well?

It helps, but not necessarily. Part 1 can be performed with minimal music reading skills. Parts 2 and 3 require much more comfort with reading music notation.

I don't own 7 tom-toms or 7 cymbals...can I still participate?

Absolutely! The only hard and fast rule is to create eight distinct sounds, whether that's on a couple of drums and cymbals or on all eight (counting the bass drum and the tam tam). 

Oh, and please do bring your own music stand if you have one!

What if I can't make all of the rehearsals?

We can decide that on a case-by-case basis. The first rehearsal will be spent learning the form of the piece and what to listen for, while the dress rehearsals will (hopefully) go through the piece in its entirety so that everyone feels comfortable with how the piece goes. You should plan on all rehearsals, both days if you can.

When will I receive music?

Once you have filled out this survey, you will be emailed a PDF of your parts and performance notes, which you will need to read to understand the piece. You will also be directed to a short video explaining how to interpret your part, as well as creating graphs of your parts (Parts 2 and 3) for easier reading of the polyrhythms. Since we will not have much rehearsal time, it's imperative that any questions you have are answered before the first rehearsal on the 21st. There are several good videos on YouTube demonstrating what the piece looks/sounds like (search: Inuksuit).

These parts look do I interpret them?

When we send your music, we will also send links to explanatory videos. Be sure to watch all the way through (each is ca. 10 minutes). If after watching you still have questions, please email me!

Where can I park?

Parking for the site at the CFA at the University of Memphis is on Central Ave., across the street from the building. UofM students will be on hand to assist with moving instruments and directing you where you need to go. There will be parking near the Visitor's Center at Shelby Farms where you can unload and park. In both cases, please allow for ample time to unload, park, and set up - probably at least an hour before the rehearsal.

What will we wear?

We are providing you with t-shirts. We only ask that you wear decent looking pants, shorts, skirt, etc...something not tattered and something modest.

What is Percussionpalooza?

This event will allow participants to play for one another in a casual setting. If you have a solo piece, a duet, or whatever and would like to play, please let us know! The Sources Duo (Ben and Jennifer Fraley) will be performing a 30 minute concert as part of this event as well!

Is a hotel discount available?

Yes! We have partnered with the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis to offer a discount of $119+taxes/night. The hotel is located right across the street from CFA building. Please call (901) 678-8200 and mention "Inuksuit" when booking.

What if I still have questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Shaltis!

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