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Meehan/ Perkins Duo Records New American Percusssion Works

The Meehan/ Perkins Duo records new percussion works by John Supko, Scott Lindroth, John Fitz Rogers, and Courtney Brown for a 2016 release

Overview

The Meehan/ Perkins Duo will record new American percussion works by John Supko, Scott Lindroth,  John Fitz Rogers, and Courtney Brown for an upcoming release (projected early 2016) on New Focus Recordings. The works to be recorded are as follows:

  • straits by John Supko (2009 Meet the Composer Commissioning Music/USA grant)
  • Twitter Music by Scott Lindroth
  • Once Removed by John Fitz Rogers
  • losing love in magnetic time by Courtney Brown

We will record over a 4-day period in June 2015 at Shirk Studios in Chicago, IL. Pat Burns, with whom we’ve worked previously on a recording of Tristan Perich’s Parallels, will serve as engineer. Doug Perkins of the Meehan/ Perkins Duo will do the subsequent editing in the months following our studio sessions. In the late summer/early fall of 2015 we will work with Ryan Streber of Oktaven Studios in Yonkers, NY to mix the record. We will have a release-ready disc in hand by the fall of 2015 with hopes of an official commercial release in the early part of 2016 on New Focus Recordings.

This project represents an important stage in the cultivation and exposure of new works by living composers. Each of these pieces has filled a crucial role in the performance identity of the Meehan/ Perkins Duo over the past several years. The works by John Supko, Scott Lindroth, and Courtney Brown were all written expressly for the Meehan/ Perkins Duo and John Fitz Rogers’ work has been a staple in our repertoire for the past 8 seasons. While each work has benefitted from the exposure of live performances, we view the recording process as a logical and necessary next step in the life of each of these pieces and this release will allow for a much greater dissemination to the larger contemporary music world.

Of special note is the geographical cohesion and unifying thread that connects the composers represented on this project. John Supko and Scott Lindroth both hold faculty positions at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina while John Fitz Rogers is on the composition faculty at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. And composer Courtney Brown, while not currently residing in the Carolinas, is a native North Carolinian. While the Meehan/ Perkins Duo did not intentionally set out to commission and/or record a Carolina-specific album, the happenstance coming together of these pieces bound by geography will undoubtedly create a rich representation of contemporary percussion music from this area of the country.

*As a reference point to previous recording projects undertaken by the Meehan/ Perkins Duo in regards to quality and potential breadth and reach, please see our 2011 releases on Bridge Records and New World Records at the following links.

  • Travel Diary (BRIDGE 9370) – http://www.bridgerecords.com/products/travel-diary/
  • Restless, Endless, Tactless – Joanna Beyer and the Birth of American Percussion Music (80711) – http://www.newworldrecords.org/album.cgi?rm=view&album_id=87582

 

Project Media

Courtney Brown’s losing love in magnetic time
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Meehan/ Perkins Duo performing Courtney Brown’s losing love in magnetic time from a live performance at the 2008 Festival of New Musics at Dartmouth University.

John Fitz Rogers’ Once Removed
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Meehan/ Perkins Duo performing John Fitz Rogers’ Once Removed for a 2012 Vic Firth Performance Spotlight podcast.

Jonathan Leshnoff’s Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra
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Meehan/ Perkins Duo premieres Jonathan Leshnoff’s Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra with Michael Stern conducting the Texas Festival Orchestra at the Round Top International Festival Institute.

Start and End Dates

06/01/201502/01/2016

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Project Created By

Chicago, Illinois
Since its founding in 2006, the Meehan/ Perkins Duo (Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins) has redefined the American percussion duo through its diverse commissions and engaging performances. The Duo has been called “superb young players” by the New Yorker and “gifted percussionists” by the Wall Street Journal. Dedicated to creating a new body of work…

In Collaboration With

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Tempe, Arizona
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina

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