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07 Jul

So Percussion Records Steve Reich's "Mallet Quartet"

Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments are proud to congratulate So Percussion on being invited by Steve Reich to give the premiere recording of Mallet Quartet (2009) on Nonesuch Records.  Scheduled for release on September 6, 2011, the disc will also include two other Reich pieces, WTC 9/11 (2010) performed by Kronos Quartet, and Dance Patterns (2002 performed by members of Steve Reich and Musicians.    The release will also include a DVD with a live performance of Mallet Quartet by So. 

Mallet Quartet is scored for two vibraphones and two five ocatve marimbas, and is the first Reich work to include writing for an extended range marimba.  The piece was commissioned by a consortium of many of the world’s premeire percussion ensembles, including Pearl/Adams ensembles So Percussion, NEXUS, and Amadinda.  As part of Pearl and Adams continuing, multi-facted support of the percussive arts, both companies financially contributed to the the commissioning of Mallet Quartet. 

Each of the three ensembles were given exclusive performance rights for a year, So in the United States, NEXUS in Canada, and Amadinda in Europe.  So gave the US premiere of Mallet Quartet at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium on January 9, 2010; Stanford Lively Arts was a co-commissioner of the work.  After over a year of touring, So gave the New York City premiere on April 30, 2011, and will perform as part of a Carnegie Hall Concert celebrating Reich’s 75th birthday in October of 2011. 

So recorded Mallet Quartet in Studio C at Avatar Studios in New York City on March 2011.  Overseen by Reich, the session was produced by Judy Sherman, who produced many of Reich’s records, including Music for 18 Musicians.  For the session, So performed on two Adams Artist Classic 5.0 Marimbas and two Adams Concert Vibraphones.

Recording Mallet Quartet was one part of a very busy year for so.  The last year has seen the group receive the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award, be appointed to the faculty at Bard College, continue hosting their Summer Institute, release a recording of Paul Lansky’s Threads, play Carnegie Hall, and tour the US, visiting numerous universities and conservatories. 

Again, congratulations to a stellar ensemble on a momentous achievement.  


For a full performance of Mallet Quartet, please visit So’s Artist Page at Vic Firth.