Marimolin, Nancy’s duo with violinist Sharan Leventhal, was extremely active from 1985 to 1996, and has resumed occasional performances since 2015. Their work is responsible for what is likely the largest body of pieces – more than 80 – for marimba and any non-percussion instrument. 

Recent projects available on video include Goodness by Nancy Zeltsman, La Resistencia by Leo Blanco, and Through the Looking Glass by Steven Snowden. Their PASIC 2017 Showcase Concert presented an overview of past commissions. 

"These are immensely serious artists who nevertheless understand that entertainment and enlightenment work hand in glove.”

– Harris Goldsmith, The Strad

In the first decade they worked together, Marimolin performed across the United States, in Puerto Rico, England, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria. They appeared on WGBH-Radio Boston, WQXR and WNYC-Radio/New York, B.B.C. Radio/London, and Swedish and Austrian radio, and presented master classes at numerous schools. Marimolin raised over $68,000 to commission new works through numerous grants, and sponsored a composition contest for eight years which collectively attracted nearly 200 entries from around the world. The duo recorded three CDs that received wide acclaim.

“They’re very physical players, and they exude excitement. Zeltsman dug into her bars the way a good pianist digs into the keys, and Leventhal glided around her strings with vigorous precision.” 

– Kyle Gann, The Village Voice

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Selected Marimolin commissions that are widely performed:

Tumblers by Alejandro Viñao (with electronics)
• Legal Highs by David P. Jones
Hop by Paul Lansky
Threedance by Robert Aldridge (with tabla)
Combo Platter by Robert Aldridge (with alto sax)
Phantasmata by Gunther Schuller
Duo for Violin and Marimba by Daniel Levitan

Photos: Claudia Hansen, Susan Wilson

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