My Awarded Projects
From Out a Darker Sea
Documenting a project about England's coal coast in order to present the work in museums and galleries.Created By: So Percussion
So Percussion and Shara Nova record ‘Time Line’
So Percussion and Shara Nova (previously Worden) Record 'Time Line'Created By: So Percussion
Susan Marshall and the Sō Percussion ensemble create a hybrid contemporary dance/new music work based on a visual scoreCreated By: Susan Marshall & Company
COLOR THEORY: SAXOPHONES AND PERCUSSION
PRISM Quartet, So Percussion, and Partch Commission, Premiere, and Record New Works by Ken Ueno, Stratis Minakakis, and Steven MackeyCreated By: PRISM Quartet, Inc.
Branches: So Percussion performances and residency at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
“NYC experimental powerhouse” So Percussion spends a year in residence at the Fisher Center for new music creation, education, & performanceCreated By: Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Studio Recording of Bobby Previte’s TERMINALS
Recording of TERMINALS: five concerti for Percussion and Soloist, with SO Percussion, Nels Cline, John Medeski, Zeena Parkins, Bobby PreviteCreated By: Bobby Previte
So PercussionBrooklyn, NY NYC Impact Fund
Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to engaged students, while providing meaningful service to its communities, in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds.
With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble.
Sō’s repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, et al, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as Caroline Shaw, David Lang, Steve Mackey, and Paul Lansky, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Nova, electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner, among many others.
Sō Percussion also composes and performs their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs – including Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and A Gun Show (BAM 2016 Next Wave Festival). In these concert-length programs, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art.
In the current season, Sō performs the New York premiere of David Lang’s man made with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; tours a new work by Caroline Shaw with Dawn Upshaw and Gil Kalish to the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, UCLA, Penn State, and elsewhere; returns to Carnegie Hall with the JACK Quartet in a program of new works by Donnacha Dennehy and Dan Trueman; tours the United Kingdon with its original production exploring the community and culture of English coal mining country, From Out a Darker Sea; and more.
Recent highlights include an acclaimed Trilogy portrait at the Lincoln Center Festival; appearances at Bonnaroo, the Eaux Claires Festival, MassMoCA, and TED 2016; international tours to Poland and Ireland; performances of man made with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil; Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings at the Barbican in London; and an original score for a live performance and broadcast of WNYC’s Radiolab with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich at BAM.
Rooted in the belief that music is an essential facet of human life, a social bond, and an effective tool in creating agency and citizenship, Sō Percussion enthusiastically pursues a growing range of social and community outreach. Examples include their Brooklyn Bound presentations of younger composers; commitments to purchasing offsets to compensate for carbon-heavy activities such as touring travel; and leading their SōSI students in an annual food-packing drive, yielding up to 25,000 meals, for the Crisis Center of Mercer County.
Sō Percussion is the Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University. They are also Co-Directors of the percussion department at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, and run the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI, now in its tenth year), providing college-age composers and percussionists an immersive exposure to collaboration and project development.
Music for Wood and Strings by Bryce Dessner
Music for Wood and Strings combines the sound world of an electric guitar and dulcimer with the percussionist’s toolkit. These are simply designed double course string instruments which are played like a dulcimer, but which are specifically built and tuned to implement a more evolved hybrid of the chorale hocket.
Where (we) Live
So Percussion’s ‘Where (we) Live’ – world premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Joined by singer/guitarist Grey McMurray, choreographer Emily Johnson, video artist Martin Schmidt, director Ain Gordon, and artist Kate Farstad.