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Ricochet Duo to rock marimba, piano at Plattsburgh State

PLATTSBURGH - Marimba and piano sounds good together, right? That's what Rose Chancler and Jane Boxall of the duo, "Ricochet," are counting on.

The unique pair of instruments and people in the group will be performing in a faculty recital at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh this Saturday, April 10, with Chancler on the piano and Boxall on the mysterious and impressive marimba.

"It's a large keyboard-like instrument," Boxall said. "My instrument has only been around for 50 years."

Boxall said the instrument itself is a blast to play, and the sound that comes from it can be beautifully low and resonant, or "almost like a pipe organ."

"You've got to come watch this girl play marimba," said Chancler. "She's all over the place with it."

Chancler said the unique instrument contrasts with the sound of the piano quite well, even though the "core range" is the same.

Ricochet music has a "minimalist side" to it, but has some rock 'n roll fused with it, and is usually original, contemporary pieces written for the marimba or piano, according to the Boxall.

Chancler said the current atmosphere in music is "incredibly fertile," providing for limitless original collaborations and creations.

"I don't know why more groups are doing this [type of music]," said Chancler.

And, even though the definition of Ricochet may still be unclear, the relationship between the two artists is evident.

"We very much have the same tastes," said Chancler. "We are always searching out new music."

And, with Boxall in her late 20s and Chancler in her mid 40s, they each bring unique tastes and experiences to the table.

Boxall and Chancler hope to draw out the crowds this Saturday in the Krinovitz Recital Hall, on the Plattsburgh State campus.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 564-2090.

Michael O'Keefe is an intern with the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

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