About

For over a decade, So 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,” So’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. So Percussion’s career now encompasses 16 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.

 

Posted: Feb-6-2015
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So Percussion's album featuring Bryce Dessner's Music for Wood and Strings is the "hot shot debut" on this week's Billboard Classical Chart -- landing in the top 20 higher than any other new classical record this week.

Posted: May-28-2015
Latest Recording

neither Anvil nor Pulley is, in short, a wordless musical epic that explores the man/machine relationship in the digital age. Composed by Dan Trueman, a Princeton music professor who co-founded the Princeton Laptop Orchestra and is a master of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, the work was commissioned by So Percussion and calls for a "laptop/percussion quartet with turntable." It was first performed in Austin, Texas in March 2010, and eventually made its way to Carnegie's Zankel Hall in New York City, where the New York Times lauded the "dazzling results" of mixing "George Crumb's knack for unearthly timbres, Alvin Lucier's infinitesimally fine gradations of tone and the fierce creative audacity of Jimi Hendrix."

Posted: May-28-2013
Latest Acclaim

"So Percussion, rock stars of the percussion world, often use 'found objects' in their performances. For this, the objects were twigs, which they picked up, snapped and dropped, in a stylized, seated performance. After the twigs, the work unfolded theatrically through other sound events. The soloists – Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting – picked up mallets and performed a mesmerizing choreography on marimba, xylophone, steel drums and even steel garbage cans. Their sound world was inventive, subtle and precisely played."

— Cincinnati Enquirer
Posted: Mar-16-2015
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Posted: May-6-2015