Sō Percussion Creation Initiative

The Sō Percussion Creation Initiative is newly created in 2011 to fund and foster our deeply collaborative process with composers and other artists, as well as the creative work of Sō Percussion.  We invite you to be a part of the exciting work that is happening.  

The chaotic modern climate for arts funding offers many challenges, but also many rich opportunities. Browse our programs below, and see if there's a way you'd like to be involved! Your donations are 100% tax-deductible.  

The Emerging Composer Project

In Sō Percussion, we take great pride in working with each of our collaborators over an extended period of time, with a great deal of input and involvement.  Our goal is to produce a body of promising and brilliant work that bears the unmistakeable mark of our investment.  The Emerging Composer Project puts us in touch with young composers who have already shown great promise and talent.  

Emerging Composer Project 2011- Tristan Perich and Daniel Wohl

Sō is extremely excited to announce our first Emerging Composer Project:  new pieces from two of the most distinctive voices of the young generation, Tristan Perich and Daniel Wohl.  We are seeking support to commission innovative and mind-bending new works from them.  Please contact emily@sopercussion.com, or just click on the "donate" button above!  Enjoy samples of their music and learn more about the projects below.  

Emerging Composer Project by So Percussion


We are offering some rewards and incentives for giving to this project!

$500 -  Signed CD pack including 1 So; 1 Tristan Perich; 1 Daniel Wohl CD
$1000 - Signed copies of both scores.
$1500 - Pair of complimentary tickest to each of the following shows- So Percussion @ Carnegie Hall; a performance of works by Tristan Perich and Daniel Wohl; plus the NY premiere of these pieces.
$2500 - Tristan Perich original machine drawing
$5000 - Attend an open rehearsal with drinks

PLUS all donors get their name in the scores and on our website.  

Tristan Perich

Project: Tristan Perich's Untitled, composed for So Percussion together with Calder Quartet, explores the sound palettes of pitched metal percussion and strings through a new system of electronically sequenced 1-bit amplification. The composition has two parts: the acoustic live performance by the musicians on-stage, and their amplified sound, which is sequenced and divided as part of the written score into durations of sound and no sound. Routing audio signals from instrument microphones into a hand-made circuit board, sustained notes can be turned into a binary rhythms by electronically toggling the signal's amplification. Even though all sound in the music is performed live by the musicians, the resultant music becomes an electronic-sounding tapestry of pitch that obscures the natural timbre of the instruments, substituting individual voices for a hybrid combination.

Bio: New York-based composer and artist Tristan Perich explores sound and image through the interaction of simple digital processes with the physical world. His music often combines traditional acoustic ensembles on stage with arrays of loudspeakers, connected to hand-built 1-bit audio circuits. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.” The New York Times called his recent composition for electric guitar quartet "invigorating." His works for soloist, ensemble, and orchestra have been performed internationally at venues as diverse as the Whitney Museum, Merkin Hall, Issue Project Room, Zipper Hall, Lentos Museum and Mass MoCA. As a visual artist, he has had solo exhibitions at bitforms gallery (NYC), Mikrogalleriet (Copenhagen), the Addison Gallery (Andover), the Katonah Museum, Museo Carandente (Spoleto) and Monster Truck (Dublin). 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release on Cantaloupe Music, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His recent circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony, was released in 2009; the London Daily Telegraph writes: "From these meagre components he fashions strikingly ambitious and emotionally resonant compositions… as affecting as any piece of music that’s been released this year." Perich studied math, music and computer science at Columbia University and received a masters in art, music and electronics at ITP at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.

Daniel Wohl

Project:  A new quartet for Sō Percussion. 

Bio: Daniel Wohl is a French-American composer who writes for a variety of instruments that range from computers and slide whistles to orchestras, chamber ensembles and string quartets. Recently reviewed by the New York Times as one his generation’s “imaginative and skillful creators” and a composer whose music runs “deeper than the cleverness at it’s surface” (Steve Smith, NY Times), his recent work draws on his background in electronic music and delves into sounds produced by decayed audio, flaws in recorded media and white noise.

His music has been commissioned and/or performed by ensembles and artists such as Eighth Blackbird, the American Symphony Orchestra, the California E.A.R Unit, the NY York Youth Symphony, the Calder Quartet, the University of Michigan Philharmonia, Manhattan School of Music’s Tactus, pianists Vicky Chow, David Friend, and Vicki Ray, Dither electric guitar quartet, the Mantra and Iktus percussion quartets, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Cygnus, as well as the St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. His pieces have been heard internationally in venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, MATA, the Ecstatic Music Marathon at Merkin Hall, Webster Hall, Symphony Space, the Bang on a Can Institute at Mass MoCA, LPR, Disney Hall’s Redcat, Songe D’une Nuit DV (Paris), the Chelsea Art Museum, Vancouver’s Music on Main, MIT’s Killian Hall, the Dia Beacon and over media outlets such as NPR, PBS, WQXR, CANAL +, TFI and FRANCE 2.

As co-founder of the TRANSIT ensemble Daniel has helped commission and present pieces by talented emerging composers from around the world. Also active as an educator, he teaches courses in composition, orchestration, and theory at Sarah Lawrence College and Yale. He is currently completing the first year of his doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music, studying with Martin Bresnick and David Lang, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music (studying with William Bolcom and Bright Sheng) and Bard College (Joan Tower).

The Sō Percussion Commissions

To date, Sō has worked with some of the most distinguished composers in the world, with a special emphasis on American music.  These artists have included:  Steve Reich, David Lang, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, Martin Bresnick, Dan Trueman, and many others.  

The Sō Percussion Creation Fund 

Sō's theater-music production Imaginary City marked the emergence of our own unique expression: composed, improvised, theater, multi-media, and more.  We are currently working to support our next project, entitled where (we) live.