Apr 8: Steel Pan Extravaganza in BK! Don’t Miss Sō, Pan In Motion, PESO & world premiere by Kendall K. Williams

Join Pan Evolution Steel Orchestra, Pan in Motion Steel Orchestra, Kendall K Williams, and Sō Percussion for an evening of steel and percussion at the Major R. Owens Health and Wellness Community Center in Brooklyn (1516 Bedford Ave).
$10 suggested donation
There will be food and drinks, Tyler Cohen, a discussion with Dr. Dawn Batson and more!

You may have heard of the Park Avenue Armory, but have you been to the Brooklyn armory? It’s recently renovated as a multi-use community space and gymnasium, we promise a night to remember right down from the Brooklyn Museum. FROM ALL OF US: THIS SHOW IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED AND WE GUARANTEE A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME GOOD TIME!


Sō in Boston with Shodekeh! March 29!!

Boston March 29

It’s all about the beat.

With beatboxer and voice artist Dominc “Shodekeh” Talifero, we’ve developed his Vodalities: Paradigms of Consciousness for the Human Voice. Come dig the Boston premiere of this stunning new collaboration at the fabulous Crystal Ballroom in Somerville! Part of the legendary Celebrity Series of Boston.

Angélica Negrón: gone (6′)

Bryce Dessner: Music for Wood and Strings (22′)


Pauline Oliveros: Rolling Meditation ~5′

Jason Treuting: Extremes  4′

Dominic Shodekeh Talifero: Vodalities: Paradigms of Consciousness for the Human Voice (18′)


Apply to the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, July 16-30, 2023!

From now until March 1, we are opening applications to the Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI!), where for two weeks in July, (our 15th anniversary) professional-track composers and performers come together to study, experiment, collaborate, and perform, led by the members of Sō Percussion, composition faculty Andrea Mazzariello and Sarah Kirkland Snider, a diverse array of guest artists, Princeton faculty, and other special guests.

Contact us with your questions, and apply here!

Sō hosts Brooklyn Bound at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Feb 11 with Olivier Tarpaga and Nomon

Join Sō + Nomon + Olivier Tarpaga for a special Brooklyn Bound at BKCM!! For tickets — which are pay-as-you-wish, suggested $20 — visit https://bkcm.org


Shayna and Nava Dunkelman are musicians and percussionists currently based in Brooklyn, NY. After spending years apart working on their own unique voices, they came together in 2018 to form NOMON.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan to an Indonesian mother and an American father, the sisters became multi-instrumentalists performing alongside their mother, a musician and composer active in Asia and the Middle East.
They are strongly drawn to the dance-like movements and flow of playing percussion. It is as visual as it is aural. The trajectory of the hands and sticks, the shift of body weight, the eyes aiming to strike – The physicality of the performance has a choreographic quality as it is. The body follows a sequence of movements when immersed in playing the array of percussive instruments surrounding it.
The music lives in the intersection of electronic soundscapes and intricately composed percussion parts. They combine drum machines, vocal samples, synth melodies and modular synthesizers triggered by analog sensors with carefully chosen percussion sounds to create a cohesive interweaving of the electronic and acoustic elements. The seamless blend of the two worlds is essential to their music.
When composing, they are inspired by industrial music, avant-garde percussion improvisation, rhythms and sounds from their cultural background (Japan and Indonesia) and contemporary electronic music that incorporates voices instrumentally.
In addition to solo performances, Shayna toured with Pulitzer Award-Winning and Grammy-nominated composer Du Yun, Balún, Ali Sethi Grammy Award-winning ensemble Attacca Quartet among others. Nava is a member of electro-percussion experimental noise duo IMA, and has performed or collaborated with Fred Frith, John Zorn, William Winant, Ikue Mori, Brandon Seabrook, Angélica Negrón, Pauchi Sasaki, and gabby fluke-mogul and many others.
For more about NOMON music visit https://www.shaynadunkelmanmusic.com/nomon

Olivier Tarpaga (USA/Burkina Faso), is a Lester Horton Award-winning choreographer/director of the African Music Ensembles of Princeton University. Tarpaga has performed and taught music and dance regularly in more than 50 countries throughout Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania.
Tarpaga’s music and dance works have been described as “unforgettable” by Los Angeles Times and “extraordinary” by The New York Times. His major works include Once the dust settles, flowers bloom (2023) When Birds Refused to Fly (2019), Declassified Memory Fragment (2015), Not Because You’re African (2010), Disorder Inside Order (2008), Sira Kan (2007), and Tin Suka (2001). His commissioned works include Only One Will Rise (2022) for the Limon Company, Wind of Nomads (2017) for Malaysia’s internationally renowned HANDS Percussion, Resist-Resurge: Traces of Hope for Maya Dance Theater of Singapore, and The way of sands (2012) for the Temple of Fine Arts in Perth, Australia.

Born in Kaya, Burkina Faso, Tarpaga followed in the steps of his father Abdoulaye Richard Tarpaga, co-artistic director of the 1960s Orchestre Super Volta. At the age of sixteen he was selected as an actor, dancer and drummer for Burkina Faso’s acclaimed company “Le Bourgeon du Burkina,” which performed at numerous festivals and theaters throughout Africa, Europe, and South America. Tarpaga is the founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Dafra Drum (1995–present), which plays traditional Manding music, and Dafra Kura Band (2011–present), which plays contemporary African music. He is also a co-founder of Burkina Faso’s internationally acclaimed Compagnie Ta (2000–2004) and Philadelphia-based Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project (2004–present).

Sō Percussion and Caroline Shaw play at 92NY Feb 4, other tour dates


We are hitting the road with the spellbinding Caroline Shaw, performing our co-composed song cycle, Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part (released by Nonesuch in 2021) throughout the East Coast — and we hope you can join us — most especially for our hometown show in New York City, Feb 4 at 92NY!

Jan 30, 2023 | The Kennedy Center | Fortas Chamber Music Series | Washington, DC

Angelica Negron: gone and go back | Julia Wolfe: Forbidden Love (Kennedy Center co-commission) | Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion: Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part
Tickets and Info

Feb 1, 2023 | Carolina Performing Arts Series | Chapel Hill, NC

Eric Cha-Beach: 4+9 | Angelica Negron: gone and go back | Nathalie Joachim: Note to Self | CarolineShaw and Sō Percussion: Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part
Tickets and Info

Feb 3, 2023 | Penn Live Arts Presents: ListenHear Series | Philadelphia, PA
Caroline Shaw: Taxidermy | Caroline Shaw: Narrow Sea | Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion: Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part
Tickets and Info

Feb 4, 2023 | 92NY | New York, NY
Eric Cha-Beach: 4+9 | Jason Treuting: Go Placidly With Haste | Bora Yoon: the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart | Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion: Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part
Tickets and Info

The Music of Julius Eastman at Princeton with Sō Percussion – January 21

Sō Percussion, Princeton’s Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, invite student musicians to participate in two large works by Julius Eastman: Stay on Itand Gay Guerrilla. These sprawling and electrifying works of 1970s minimalism involve groove, improvisation, and creative decision making.

More information HERE

Brooklyn Bound: Tuesday, December 13th at 8pm at our studio!

Tuesday, December 13 – 8pm ET

Sō Percussion Studio in Brooklyn 

If you are coming to any of our shows, we are located at 20 Grand Ave. #205 in Brooklyn, across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Concerts are free, and we sell beverages and take donations for the artists.


Momentum is a New York-based collective united by the joy and freedom of jazz communicated through the sounds that pulse along the airwaves of today and tomorrow. Their sound is mystic, kinetic, clear, and deep – uplifting and inspiring its listeners.

Learn more about Momentum here!

Andrea Mazzariello

Andrea Mazzariello (he/him) is a composer, performer, writer, and teacher. His musical practices include writing songs, making electronic music, and working in notated traditions. His work explores spoken and sung treatments of his own original text, plays with computers and other kinds of electronics, and engages the physiology of performance in novel ways. He writes about listening, musical media, and pedagogy, and teaches and mentors music-makers working in a wide variety of genres and approaches. His music has been performed widely in North America and Europe, and appears on releases by New Amsterdam Records, SEAMUS, Proper Canary, and his own One More Revolution records. The Operating System published his first book, One More Revolution: A Love Song, on Vinyl, in 2018. He teaches composition and music technology at Carleton College, directs the composition program at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, and mentors and collaborates with young beatmakers, producers, and songwriters at The Key, a youth services organization in downtown Northfield, MN.

Read more about Andrea here!

This upcoming Brooklyn Bound Sō Percussion will perform a workshop performance of untitled by Kendall Williams that was commissioned through our New Work Development Fund.

Announcing the Release of Individuate

Dear Friends,

The Fall concert season is officially off and running, and we are thrilled to welcome a new album from Darian Donovan Thomas this Friday on Sō Percussion Editions: Individuate.

Individuate features a new, flexible-instrumentation piece from the brilliant and fabulously talented Darian — with multiple performances, by Sō, and by fellow-commissioners and spectacular artists, Bergamot Quartet.

Also featured on the album are Darian’s works, Kid Gunner Brother, and Stephon Clark.

Celebrate the release this Sat, Oct 22 at 8pm.. in a Brooklyn Bound concert at our studio! Darian and Bergamot will be there.

Brooklyn Bound Oct 22 Info
“As we individuate, we connect and identify with the entire human family.”
– Carl Jung
Individuate was commissioned through the Sō Percussion New Work Development Program by Sō Percussion and Bergamot Quartet. It is composed in a way that allows any instrumentalist to perform the piece, and the piece can also be performed by groups of multiples of four players. On this album, there are three versions – by Sō Percussion, by Bergamot Quartet, and by Sō Percussion and Bergamot together.

Kid Gunner Brother and Stephon Clark were both written for the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.

Sō Percussion (Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting)
Bergamot Quartet (Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello)
Shelby Blezinger-McCay
Kasey Blezinger

All works composed by Darian Donovan Thomas

Producers: Darian Donovan Thomas and Eric Cha-Beach
Mixing Engineer: Matt Poirier
Album Art: MEDIAQUEER (Darian Donovan Thomas and Phong Tran)

Sō celebrates the release of Julia Wolfe’s “Forbidden Love”

Dear Friends,

After an EPIC stretch of international summer performances and the in-person return of SōSI, we are thrilled to return to New York City for TIME SPANS at the DiMennna Center.

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30pm for an awesome program of music written for Sō Percussion:
Angélica Negrón
Gone, 2018
Go Back, 2022*
* US premiere

Vijay Iyer
Torque, 2018

Julia Wolfe
Forbidden Love, 2019

And on Friday, July 19, Cantaloupe Music releases our recording of Julia Wolfe’s Forbidden Love.

Pre-order the digital album or purchase one of a special edition run of physical CDs, featuring hand-printed, individually numbered and signed CD wallets by artist Matthew Van Asselt.

Or buy a disc in person on Wednesday when Julia Wolfe will be there and signing albums!

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