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11 Jun

So Percussion?s Night of Awesome(ness):

For one incredible night at LPR in New York City, So Percussion brings together multiple generations of percussionists to celebrate our community. The percussion world is a tight-knit family of mutual support and exploration. Since before So Percussion was known in the larger culture, they have been part of this vital network of people who played for each other and exchanged ideas.

The event features headlining ensembles NEXUS from Canada (original members of Steve Reich and Musicians) and So Percussion. Other groups on the night include Meehan/Perkins Duo, Mantra Percussion, the Akros Percussion collective and two young groups formed at So Percussion’s Summer Institute: Tigue and Mobius Quartet. Performances include works by Steve Reich, Jason Treuting, Matt McBane, Nikolaus Gerszewski, Tristan Perich, John Supko, and much more.

The evening culminates in an “all-play” of Terry Riley’s In C!

Nexus Percussion
After more than three decades of continuous collaboration, the four master percussionists of NEXUS are internationally revered, not just for their virtuosity both as individual and group performers, and their innovation and creativity, but for their ability to create extraordinary music out of just about anything: Swiss cowbells; Chinese drums; Tibetan prayer bowls; Middle Eastern hand drums and Southeast Asian water buffalo bells, to name just a few. They create a staggering array of sounds and tones out of the broadest array of percussion instruments imaginable. With a repertoire ranging from military music to the novelty ragtime of the 1920s, from the haunting rhythms of Africa to the ground-breaking compositions of Japanese master Toru Takemitsu, John Cage and Steve Reich, NEXUS delivers a stunningly virtuosic spectacle of sound, rhythm and movement. NEXUS thanks Pearl Corporation and Adams Musical Instruments for their support worldwide and wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

So Percussion
So is: Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting

Since 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that explores all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility. It has not been an easy music to define. Called an “experimental powerhouse” by the Village Voice, “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine, and “brilliant” by the New York Times, the Brooklyn based quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career.

Their music runs the gamut from percussion classics (Steve Reich’s Drumming), to new commissions (David Lang’s the so-called laws of nature), to original music (group member Jason Treuting’s Amid the Noise).

So Percussion has performed this music all over the United States, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, Stanford Lively Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and many others. In addition, recent tours to Russia, Australia, Italy, Spain, Germany, and the Ukraine have brought them international acclaim.

The members of So Percussion are co-directors of a new percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of music as well as founders and co-directors of the So Percussion Summer Institute, held each year on the campus of Princeton University.

So would like to thank Pearl/Adams Instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads, Black Swamp Accessories, and Estey organs for their sponsorship.

Meehan/Perkins Duo
Hailed as “superb young players” by the New Yorker and “gifted percussionists” by the Wall Street Journal, the Meehan/ Perkins Duo (Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins) are redefining the American percussion duo through its diverse commissions and engaging performances. They have collaborated on works of all types with David Lang, Paul Lansky, Nathan Davis, Tristan Perich, John Supko, Matt McBane and have played in venues throughout the US and Europe in venues like Weill Recital Hall, the Ojai Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, among others. February 2011 marked the release of the Duo’s first recording on New World Records entitled “Restless, Endless, Tactless - Johanna Beyer and the Birth of American Percussion Music”. It was praised as “immaculately played by the duo” by the BBC Music Magazine and “an engaging experience” by Gramophone. Fanfare Magazine perhaps best sums up the recording by stating “This is a must-hear for anyone remotely interested in the development of music in the past century and is strongly recommended.” They have since released a record of new works entitled, "Travel Diary" on Bridge Records. The Meehan/ Perkins Duo uses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams drums and keyboards, Black Swamp Percussion accessories, Remo drumheads, and Zildjian cymbals. For more info about the Duo, go to: www.mpduo.com or @mpduo on twitter.

Mantra Percussion
Hailed by the New York Times as "...finely polished...a fresh source of energy," and by Time Out New York as "forward thinking," Mantra Percussion is committed to substantially expanding the future of percussion repertoire. By commissioning and performing new, significant works for large percussion ensemble by both prominent and emerging composers, Mantra Percussion is committed to breathing new life into the art and engaging in cross-discipline collaborations to produce evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision.

Formed in 2007, Mantra Percussion has been featured at festivals, venues, and universities throughout North America. In 2009, Mantra co-commissioned Michael Gordon's evening-length percussion sextet Timber with Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, giving the work's United States premiere in October 2011. They give the New York City premiere of Timber at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in December 2012.

Mantra's recent recording of Aaron Siegel's glockenspiel octet (with organ), Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend on Lockstep Records was recognized as one of Time Out New York's Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011.

Akros Percussion Collective
Akros Percussion Collective is a gathering of percussionists dedicated to the Post-Ionisation aesthetic sensibilities of new percussion music. Founded in Fall 2006, the collective has collaborated with such luminaries as Julio Estrada, John Luther Adams, and Stuart Smith, presenting works by these composers in such unexpected yet ultimately reconnective sites as a former ice and coal complex and a meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

TIGUE is the latest project by percussionists Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody. Founded in early 2012, the group aims to present new work from their friends and contemporaries as well as themselves. The three members have performed together extensively over the past 6 years including time during their studies together, both at The Ohio State University and the Eastman School of Music. They have been frequent collaborators with other musicians, dancers and visual artists. Recently, Tigue has embarked on a number of collaborations including the Bring to Light Festival (in conjunction with Nuit Blanche New York), the first annual Make Music New York Winter with their project Village in Volume, and a number of New York performances and an upcoming recording of Inuksuit by John Luther Adams to be released on Cantaloupe Records.

Rooted in the first annual So Percussion Summer Institute, the four versatile percussionists of the Mobius Quartet seek to fuse their interest in fresh sounds with their commitment to performing and promoting new works by emerging composers. Their first commission aimed to collaborate with So Percussion’s Jason Treuting through experimentation and development over several months in a workshop setting. With several projects already in the works, Mobius seeks to springboard evocative ideas to the forefront of music-making.

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