Two Concerts featuring Percussionist/Composer Jason Treuting 2013-15 Princeton Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts
December 10 & 12, 2013
Percussionist/composer Jason Treuting, who is a 2013-15 Princeton Fellow in the Creative and the Performing Arts, will perform in two concerts along with Princeton students and his ensemble, So Percussion.
The first concert on Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 102 at the Woolworth Building will feature the student ensemble The Pentatonic Cowboy Waltzers, formed during a fall Department of Music course, “The Composer/Performer and Performer/Composer” taught by Treuting. The students will perform work written for and by the ensemble, including music by Treuting, Viet Cuong, a graduate student in the music department, Noah Fishman ’16, Phil McNeal ’14, David Zheng ’14, Edward Wang ’15, Andrea D’Souza ’16, and Stephanie Rigizadeh ’15.
The second concert will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau Street. Treuting and his ensemble, So Percussion, will perform a work-in-progress composed by Treuting for four snare drums.
Both concerts are free and open to the public and will include a reception at which audiences can meet the musicians.
Treuting is one of two inaugural Fellows in a new program at Princeton funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fellows are in-residence at Princeton to teach, create new work and engage with the University’s creative community.
The music course, from which The Pentatonic Cowboy Waltzers emerged, explored the different ways that composer and performer roles are viewed in today’s world of music and involved students who are primarily musicians who may not yet have tried to compose new music and students who are composers but not necessarily musicians who perform publicly. Over the course of the semester the ensemble was formed and new music created for this culminating performance.
As a member of the ensemble So Percussion, Treuting’s compositions include the group’s third album, "Amid the Noise," and contributions to "Imaginary City," an evening-length work performed in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 2009 Next Wave Festival. Recent commissions for other ensembles have included a concerto for So Percussion and string orchestra for the League of Composers Orchestra; music for a video installation in collaboration with Alison Crocetta; and an evening-length collaboration with the choreographers of the Lyon, France-based Projet in Situ.
The other members of So Percussion are Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, and Adam Sliwinski. The group’s first commissioned piece was the 36-minute, three movement the so-called laws of nature, composed when the group’s founding members were graduate students at the Yale School of Music. Since then they have commissioned some of America’s most important contemporary composers to build a new repertoire, including Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick, and Steve Mackey, Chair of Princeton’s Department of Music. The ensemble is heavily involved in mentoring young musicians, and its members are co-directors of a new percussion department at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. In 2009, the group created the annual So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton and during the 2011-2012 academic year, So was an ensemble-in-residence at Princeton.
To learn more about the many concerts offered annually by the Department of Music visit: www.princeton.edu/music.
The Lewis Center for the Arts encompasses Princeton University's academic programs in creative writing, dance, theater, and visual arts, as well as the interdisciplinary Princeton Atelier. The Center represents a major initiative of the University to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton. Over 100 diverse public performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings and lectures are offered each year, most of them free or at a nominal ticket price.