Sō Percussion, Princeton’s new Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, offers the second of two free concerts this season on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30PM at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. In the words of Allan Ulrich of The Financial Times: “If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young, steel-wristed, Brooklyn-based Yale graduates wear the crown with panache.” Sō Percussion will perform works by Steve Reich, Chair of Princeton’s Music Department Steven Mackey and Shara Worden (known for her work as lead singer of the indie rock band, My Brightest Diamond), who will join the ensemble as a guest singer. Tickets are free for this event, however reservations are required.
Timeline by Shara Worden and Sō Percussion (which was premiered in March 2015) represents the first occasion in which Sō Percussion and the great Shara Worden have worked together. Shara’s haunting voice and penetrating verses explore the subject of time, providing a kind of counterpart to Steven Mackey’s distinctive explorations of temporal matters, It Is Time and Before It Is Time. These two works spring from a single inspiration, words from the poem Time is time by Isaac Maliya:
Time is time
The complete program follows:
STEVE REICH Music for Pieces of Wood
STEVEN MACKEY It is Time
MACKEY Before it is Time
SHARA WORDEN/SŌ PERCUSSION Timeline (with guest artist Shara Worden)
ABOUT SŌ PERCUSSION
Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting
For over a decade, Sō Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. Praised by The New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” Sō’s adventurous spirit is written into the DNA passed down from composers like John Cage and Steve Reich, as well as from pioneering ensembles like the Kronos Quartet and Nexus Percussion. Sō Percussion’s career now encompasses 13 albums, touring throughout the USA and around the world, a dizzying array of collaborative projects, several ambitious educational programs, and a steady output of their own music.
When the founding members of Sō Percussion convened as graduate students at the Yale School of Music, their initial goal was to present an exciting repertoire of pieces by 20th century luminaries such as Cage, Reich, and Iannis Xenakis. An encounter with David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and co-founder of New York’s City’ sBang on a Can organization, yielded their first commissioned piece: the 36-minute, three-movement the so-called laws of nature. Since that first major new work, Sō has commissioned some of the greatest American composers of our time to build a new repertoire, including Princeton’s own Steven Mackey and Paul Lansky, as well as Steve Reich, Martin Bresnick, and many others.
Sō Percussion is heavily involved in mentoring young musicians. In 2009, they created the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University. The Institute is an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists featuring the four members of Sō as faculty in rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music for students from around the world.
In 2014, Sō Percussion was named Princeton University’s Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. Replacing the Brentano String Quartet, who served as Performers-in-Residence since 1999, Sō Percussion will teach graduate and undergraduate students, workshop, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers, coach chamber music, give masterclasses and present two concerts from their touring repertoire each academic year.
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WHAT: Sō Percussion, Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, Princeton University
WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30pm
WHERE: Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
TICKETS: Tickets are free, however reservations are required. Please call the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office at 609-258-9220 or visit in person M-F, 10AM – 6PM.
Tickets will also be available at Richardson Auditorium two hours prior to the performance.
PHOTOS: Please contact Marna Seltzer at 609-258-4237 or email@example.com