Zankel Hall with Shara Worden and Glenn Kotche

February 12, 20169:00pm

Sō Percussion returns to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, performing a characteristically diverse program of collaborative works with composer/musicians native to the intersection of popular and art music: Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond), Steven Mackey, and Yuka Honda (of Cibo Matto).

February 12, 2016, 9pm at Zankel Hall

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.

Tickets & More Info


  • So Percussion
  • Shara Worden, Voice
  • Glenn Kotche, Percussion

Drumkit Quartets (2011) by GLENN KOTCHE
   #50 (Leffinge, Chicago) 
   #54 (Vienna)
   #51(Tokyo, Brisbane, Berlin) with YUKA HONDA, voice
   #3 Movement III (Minneapolis, Chicago)

Migrations (2015) by GLENN KOTCHE
with GLENN KOTCHE, percussion
World Premiere, Commissioned by Carnegie Hall

Drumkit Quartet #1 (Los Angeles, Russell, Auckland) (2011) by GLENN KOTCHE
with GLENN KOTCHE, percussion

Before It Is Time (2015) by STEVEN MACKEY
with SHARA WORDEN, soprano
New York Premiere, Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall

Timeline (2015) by SHARA WORDEN and SO PERCUSSION

with Shara Worden, soprano
New York Premiere, Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall

This program contains three Carnegie Hall commissions – including two New York premieres, and the Glenn Kotche Migrations in its world premiere – as part of Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project, celebrating Carnegie Hall’s 125th Anniversary with more than one hundred twenty-five commissions over five seasons.

This concert showcases Sō Percussion’s distinctive model of composer collaborations, a process beginning with a flexible, playful, world-class performance capability offered to the composer’s distinctive artistic vision and voice, enabling the creation of a work of compelling specificity. Sō Percussion gives every piece a thorough development, with workshop performances and multiple seasons of touring performances, ensuring an ample opportunity for the work to enter the repertoire.

Each work on this program are in the midst of this process: Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartet’s have been part of Sō’s repertoire since 2011, and are being released as a recording from Cantaloupe Music on February 27, 2016; Timeline was written by Sō Percussion and Shara Worden together last season, and given performances in Austin, Dublin, and at Princeton University; Steven Mackey’s Before It Is Time is a expansion of an early sketch for his 2010 work for So Percussion, It Is Time (another Carnegie Hall commission); and Glenn Kotche’s Migrations is a world premiere, heard here in its first public performance.

Additionally, this concert offers a snapshot of a important aspect of 21st music (one that is notably expressed by So Percussion’s artistry and career): the thawing of formerly icy divisions between high art and pop culture, in a manner characteristic of the Information Age.


Pre-concert talk starts at 8:00 PM in Zankel Hall with members of So Percussion, Glenn Kotche, Shara Worden, and Steven Mackey in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.