Double Shot, formed in 2015, performs variety of music with colourful mixture of percussion instruments, based around marimbas and vibraphone. The contrast and combination of the dynamic performance and mellow resonance will effectively thrill the audience.

The repertoire includes not only original works for percussion but also new commissions and arranged works from well-known composers. The transcriptions are carefully chosen and arranged by the performers, with respect to the original composition, while using the wide capability of percussion instruments.

Double Shot plays in many different settings. They have done schools concerts, workshops for Special Needs children and adults, played in bars and cafés as well as recital halls.

Events
CMNZ Tour 2023
Programme

Naogya Marimba - Stieve Reich

Table Talk for prepared Vibraphone - Alyssa Weinberg

Muisca for Percussinon duo - John Psathas

Rhapsody for Vibraphone and Marimba - Michael Taylor

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The Toy Box arr. for percussion duo - Claude Debussy

19 May 2023

7:30pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Rotorua

TBA

20 May 2023

4:00pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Whakatane

Church of St George & St John

21 May 2023

2:00pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Tauranga

Holy Trinity Hall

22 May 2023

7:30pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Upper Hutt

Whirinaki Whare Taonga

24 May 2023

7:30pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Whanganui

Whanganui Collegiate School

25 May 2023

8:00pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Norsewood

The Old Dairy Factory

26 May 2023

7:30pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Cambridge

tba

27 May 2023

7:00pm

CMNZ - The Toy Box

Whangarei

Old Library Building Arts Centre

Performances
from CMNZ Encompass concert tour 2016
Tango suite I, II & III by Astor Piazzolla
Tangos by various artists, Wooden Music by Rich O'Meara
Marimba Spiritual (DUO version) by Minoru Miki
Using a range of percussion instruments, their outstanding performances create a colourful world of sound and highlight the dynamic, playful, sensitive, musical and artistic possibilities of classical percussion.
They toured with Chamber Music New Zealand in 2016, receiving enthusiastic audience responses at every performance.
“…showing the absolute togetherness and communication of the Duo present throughout the programme.”
“…the softest of pianissimos, totally captivating the audience.”
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Player Biographies
Jeremy Fitzsimons
Percussion / Marimba
Jeremy is principal percussionist of Orchestra Wellington, plays regularly with the NZSO, is percussionist with the Pink Floyd Experience, and has been freelancing in Wellington since 1993. He has recorded CDs of marimba and percussion music by Gareth Farr and John Psathas, toured as marimbist with many groups for Chamber Music NZ, and was a founding member of Strike Percussion and Gareth Farr’s Drumdrag. Prominent projects include being soloist with Orchestra Wellington for the Psathas concerto View From Olympus in 2020, guest soloist at a marimba festival in Portugal, ensemble soloist with the APO, member of Double Shot marimba and percussion duo since 2015, and he performs in Silent Movies Live (Old silent movies with original music with pianist David Selfe.
A 1996 Fulbright Scholar, Jeremy has a Bachelor of Music with first class honours from Victoria University of Wellington as well as a Masters and a Post Graduate Performance Certificate from Northwestern University in Chicago where he studied with Michael Burritt, James Ross and Paul Wertico. He is a graduate of the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Seminar in New Jersey, the Music Academy of the West in California, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the World Peace Orchestra in Korea.
Yoshiko Tsuruta
Marimba
Japanese born percussionist Yoshiko Tsuruta is one of the very few dedicated "marimbist" in New Zealand and performs and tours with various artists throughout the country.
Her repertoire includes new music from various composers and her own arrangements, with which she explores the expressive possibilities of the marimba beyond the stereotype as a percussion instrument.
As a soloist, Yoshiko has performed a number of marimba concertos. She world-premiered Gareth Farr's concerto and in 2021, she recorded John Psathas' "Djinn" with Orchestra Wellington.
She also appears in orchestras, such as NZSO, APO and OW. Yoshiko won several prizes in competitions, including Australian marimba competition, Gisborne International Music Competition and the 1st prize at NZ National Concerto Competition.
She is a graduate of the NZSM in Wellington and the Anton Bruckner Privat Universität in Austria, where she completed her Master's Degree (1st Class) in percussion performance.