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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 role of the modern percussion ensemble, placing it at the leading edge of 21st-century music.

Posted: May-24-2019
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Carnegie Hall has announced its 2019-20 Season, which features performances by Irish Chamber Orchestra, Sō Percussion, The Crossing, Van Kuijk Quartet (Carnegie debut), and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

Posted: Jan-31-2019
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When the Prism Quartet decided to commission a body of work built around the idea of musical colors, it seemed a natural next step for a group that has already created a substantial and diverse repertoire fo music built around the almost infinitely variable sounds of the saxophone family. The sax has a long tradition in classical music, and rock, and even South Indian music; but its most famous players have been jazz musicians - from Coleman Hawkins to Charlie Parker to John Coltrane - whose sound was built around the so-called "blue" notes that are part of the fabric of jazz. So the members of the quartet had a deep connection with the idea of tone colors. But that wasn't the Color Theory moment of genius. No, that came when Prism decided to ask composers Steven Mackey, Ken Ueno, and Stratis Minakakis to write for the combination of saxophone quartet and percussion. There is no more kaleidoscopic palette in the instrumental world than in the percussion section - where over the years composers have placed such sonic oddities as bird calls, a record player, automobile parts, and the piano. Color Theory pairs Prism with two percussion-based ensembles: So Percussion, the New York-based quartet whose definition of "percussion" is liberal enough to include teacups, twigs, and fuzz; and Partch, the California-based ensemble that plays mid-20th century instruments designed by Harry Partch, whose 42-note-to-the-octave tuning system operates with a completely different sonic palette.

Posted: Apr-14-2017
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"The musicians huddled over the instruments like doctors, pulling and stitching the moaning strings in unison to enact the moody grandeur of Julia Wolfe's Forbidden Love."

— LA Weekly
Posted: Jun-8-2019
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Posted: Feb-4-2019