Steve Reich’s DRUMMING at 50 Kickstarter Campaign

Video Recording of Steve Reich’s DRUMMING with NEXUS, Sō Percussion, and Friends!

Nexus and Sō Percussion are so excited to join together to make a historical video recording of Steve Reich’s Drumming. It is such a rare opportunity to gather up two of the world’s best percussion groups to celebrate Drumming turning 50 years old. This fabulous team includes Nexus, Sō, Yumi Tamashiro, Daisy Press, Beth Meyers, and Alex Sopp. We are asking you to join us in this historical event by contributing what you can to make this project come to life! We need money to cover the cost of making the video recording (video, audio, and record label production).

As some of you might know, Russell Hartenberger and Bob Becker are both original members in Steve Reich and Musicians–a group which Reich himself performed in, premiered the majority of the Reich repertoire, and toured the world together for decades. Russell and Bob learned Drumming directly from Reich and for us who have heard them in concerts, we can attest to that fact that they have perfected the art of phasing! The earlier renditions of Drumming were mostly taught by rote; Russell and Bob were among the most important figures for establishing the piece as a part of the percussion repertoire and have carried the torch of imparting wisdom on this work in the past five decades.

Together, this world-class line up is going to make history and we invite you to be part of this history making project. Your donation is what makes this possible.

Sō Percussion Benefit 2018!

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR FIFTH ANNUAL SŌ PERCUSSION BENEFIT

HONORING SARA COFFEY

6:30PM, THURSDAY, JUNE 7

$300 TICKET*

(LE) POISSON ROUGE
158 BLEEKER STREET
NEW YORK CITY

RSVP BY MAY 24 TO SO@SOPERCUSSION.COM

BUY TICKETS HERE!

*ADMISSION TO NIGHT OF AWESOMENESS INCLUDED

9PM, NIGHT OF AWESOMENESS FEATURES PERFORMANCES BY:
(Doors at 8:30PM, $20/ticket)

BALÚN
GREY MCMURRAY
DAMSEL
SANDBOX PERCUSSION
DITHER
BOBBY PREVITE
SHARA NOVA
& SŌ PERCUSSION

Sō tours sacred spaces around the UK with “From Out a Darker Sea”

“From Out a Darker Sea” conveys our experience of a multi-visit residency in the industrial north of England. Former mining towns are searching for a new identity and a way forward in the globalized present, while never forgetting the past.

We are touring the show in sacred spaces around the UK during November and December. Other than London, all of the locations were chosen because of their connection to industry.

Adam wrote about our process in The Big Issue.

See below for further dates.

The Guardian wrote a lovely review:

“…a haunting and often deeply moving requiem for an industry and its people.”

“****”

The project is sponsored by Forma, with funding from many partners. Learn more on Forma’s website.

Dates

  • 22 November 2017

    Derby Cathedral, Derby
    Presented by QUAD
    Support from Unite the Union
  • 24 and 25 November 2017

    St Giles Cripplegate, London
    Presented by the Barbican Centre
  • 27 November 2017

    St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle
    Book Tickets
  • 28 November 2017

    In conversation with Amber Films
    The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle
    Book Tickets
  • 30 November 2017

    Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn
    Presented by the Bureau Centre for Arts and Mid Pennine Arts
    Book Tickets
  • 2 December 2017

    St George’s Church, Deal, Kent
    Presented by Deal Festival of Music & the Arts
    Book Tickets
  • 5 December 2017

    All Souls Church, Cheriton, Kent
    Presented by Strange Cargo
    Book Tickets

Watch Sō Perform with The National on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

On Thursday, September 7th, we joined The National on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to perform “Day I Die” from their new Album “Sleep Well Beast.” What a thrill to perform on national television at the Ed Sullivan Theater!

We contributed some typical Sō Percussion color to the new album, which has just been released September 8th.

 

Announcing Sō’s Benefit and Online Auction 2017

Please Join us for our fourth annual benefit and online auction!

Thursday, June 8th – 7pm

Honoring Limor Tomer
LE POISSON ROUGE
158 BLEECKER STREET
NEW YORK CITY

Performances by Sō, Theo Bleckmann, and Wolfgang

After party at 10pm featuring Round Peg Square Hole

RSVP to so@sopercussion.com

Tickets to main benefit $300 each

Tickets to after party $25 each (already included for main benefit attendees)

Purchase below! (If ordering more than six tickets, fill in custom amount below and send us an email. Also, let us take you out to coffee sometime, because you are awesome!)

If you can’t make it, we’re also running an online auction leading up to the benefit!

Sō Percussion performs “Music for Wood and Strings” at TED 2016

TED Talk: Bryce Dessner, Music for Wood and Strings

Performance at the TED conference in Vancouver, BC, February 2016.

We were honored and delighted to present an excerpt from Bryce Dessner’s work for the audience at TED 2016. Keeping in line with the ethos of the TED organization and community, we brought this unique piece with its newly designed instruments to show some of what’s going on in contemporary music.

Performing in this amazing venue was exciting enough, but we were surprised to realize that some pretty heavy hitters were in the audience as well!

 


Sō Percussion presents “A Gun Show” on BAM Next Wave Festival

NOV 30—DEC 3, 2016

Sō Percussion with Emily Johnson
Directed by Ain Gordon

Sō Percussion (Where (we) Live, 2012 Next Wave) gives the Second Amendment a soundtrack in this affecting foray into America’s fraught relationship with guns. Taking mallets to disassembled sniper rifles and assorted drums, the musicians serve as Greek chorus, commenting instrumentally on sung and spoken texts drawn from the nightmares and nostalgia of armed experiences. Three-time Obie-winning director Ain Gordon and choreographer and performer Emily Johnson give depth to this probing work in which anger meets inalienable rights, dark memories resurface, and a contested weapon sings a bittersweet song.

Check out our amazing project with StoryCorps to collect stories about gun culture and gun violence.

Sō performs free concert at Princeton September 16th

SŌ PERCUSSION TO PLAY FREE CONCERT IN RICHARDSON AUDITORIUM

Having just wowed audiences at the Lincoln Center Festival this summer, acclaimed ensemble SŌ Percussion will offer the first of two free performances in Princeton as part of their Edward T. Cone Residency at Princeton University. On Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30PM in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall, the community has the incredible opportunity to engage in an unparalleled range of music—from John Cage’s Living Room Music transforming household items into instruments, to the world premiere of Emeritus Professor Paul Lansky’s Springs. Also on the program is Taxidermy, specially written for Princeton alum and Pulitzer-prize winning composer Caroline Shaw, as well as the ensemble’s first major commission: David Lang’s the so-called laws of nature. Tickets are required for this free concert. Reservations are available online at tickets.princeton.edu or at the door (Richardson Auditorium Box Office) the day of the concert.

The anticipation of a world premiere performance of a composer as esteemed and experienced in percussion writing as Paul Lansky already is much cause for excitement. Yet SŌ Percussion cannot help but add some humor into the mix of such an occasion. It seems fitting to a group always fusing whimsy with earnestness that “the ensemble’s first major commission, Mr. Lang’s the so-called laws of nature, balances humor and poise” (The New York Times), unearthing unexpected beauty from a row of “carefully tuned flower pots.” In juxtaposing the astounding wit, surprise and charm of finding music in everyday items with the masterful scores of some of the most celebrated composers in recent history, the evening will be particularly positioned to engage and welcome music lovers of all backgrounds.  Or, as SŌ Percussion’s Adam Sliwinski succinctly puts it, this program is simply “a lot of fun.”

SŌ Percussion’s second free concert as part of their residency will be a celebration of Steve Reich, including a pre-concert discussion with the composer, on March 14, 2017. Tickets for that event are not yet available.

Sō is incredibly grateful to Chamber Music America for their commissioning of Paul Lansky’s new piece.  This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

LISTING INFORMATION

SŌ PERCUSSION, Princeton University Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence

WHEN:                  Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30PM

WHAT:                    PAUL LANSKY Springs (WORLD PREMIERE); CAROLINE 

SHAW Taxidermy; JOHN CAGE Living Room Music; DAVID LANG the so-called laws of nature

WHERE:                 Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University

TICKETS:              Free admission.  Reservations are available online at tickets.princeton.edu or at the door (Richardson Auditorium Box Office) the day of the concert.