Composer Workshop with Sandbox Percussion & Andy Akiho

Friday 24 June, 2pm - 5pm

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin


The Walled City Music Festival invites score submissions for a composer workshop as part of the 2022 Walled City Music Festival programme.

Up to 3 places are available to participate and composers are asked to submit compositions for percussion quartet (instrument list supplied). The new compositions, which should be no longer than 4 minutes in length, will be workshopped by the quartet with guest facilitator Andy Akiho (composer/steel pan), one of the USA’s leading percussionists.  The workshop will be open to the public.

For more information on Sandbox Percussion and Andy Akiho please visit their websites at:

Scores are to be submitted no later than Friday 10th June. Composers should include a short CV along with a brief paragraph as to why they would like to participate in this workshop. Please send scores and information to Composers are expected to write for all four players in the ensemble. Composers can write a 4-minute “piece”, or submit 4 minutes of sketches/textures/sections. It could just be ideas that you want to hear and work out with the ensemble.

Accommodation for one night is available for each composer, upon request.

Instrument List:

percussion 1 – glockenspiel
percussion 2 – vibraphone
percussion 3 – 2 pairs of bongos
percussion 4 – 4 tom-toms, kick drum


Sandbox Percussion will perform Andy Akiho’s concert length work Seven Pillars on Saturday 25th June as part of this year’s Walled City Music Festival.  Both composer and ensemble were Grammy nominated at the 2022 Grammy awards. All participating workshop composers will receive a free ticket to this event.