The “Noon to Midnight” festival is a daylong celebration of performances and premieres highlighting some of the most exciting new music happening all over the country. We are delighted to be premiering Julia Wolfe’s new piece “Forbidden Love,” a work for string quartet for Sō Percussion! We will also be performing Suzanne Farrin’s “a diamond in the square,” a new work exploring sounds inside the piano.
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.
Adam Sliwinski has penned a comprehensive year-in-review for the season just ended. Check it out here!
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR FIFTH ANNUAL SŌ PERCUSSION BENEFIT
HONORING SARA COFFEY
6:30PM, THURSDAY, JUNE 7
(LE) POISSON ROUGE
158 BLEEKER STREET
NEW YORK CITY
RSVP BY MAY 24 TO SO@SOPERCUSSION.COM
*ADMISSION TO NIGHT OF AWESOMENESS INCLUDED
9PM, NIGHT OF AWESOMENESS FEATURES PERFORMANCES BY:
(Doors at 8:30PM, $20/ticket)
& SŌ PERCUSSION
“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.
- 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
- 28 November 2017
In conversation with Amber Films
The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle
- 30 November 2017
Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn
Presented by the Bureau Centre for Arts and Mid Pennine Arts
- 2 December 2017
St George’s Church, Deal, Kent
Presented by Deal Festival of Music & the Arts
- 5 December 2017
All Souls Church, Cheriton, Kent
Presented by Strange Cargo
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.
Our summer institute (SoSI) approaches! Check out our SoSI page for more information.
If you can’t make it in person, most of these events will be live-streamed from Sō Percussion’s Facebook Page: facebook.com/sopercussion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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!