Sō Percussion, the ensemble that joined the Princeton University community this year as the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, is not your typical musical group. According to its musicians, a percussionist is not limited to playing the drums, the bells or even whistles. Instead, this group focuses on nontraditional ways to create sound, such as grinding pencils in a blender or plugging a Slinky into an amp.
Sō Percussion is comprised of four instrumentalists — Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting — who met while studying classical music at the Yale School of Music. All of them were intrigued by the music of John Cage, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis, and they did what many people do when they have musical interests in common: They started a group.