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


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.


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.

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The research, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, looked at how the use of the drug affects a patient’s sleep.

Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), it found the use of cannabis helped patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sleep more during the night.

However, they also slept longer than those who did not use cannabis.

Lead author Prof John R. Hawley, from the University of Melbourne’s School of Medicine, said: “We found that people who used cannabis had better sleep in the morning, after getting up, than the control group, which had trouble getting to sleep at all.”

“The study was a randomized double-blind trial.

“We recruited a total of 70 patients with PTSD, many of whom had used cannabis prior to the study, and they were given placebo, and we compared them with 30 patients who had not used cannabis.”

The study participants were treated with nabilone, a synthetic cannabinoid, for a maximum of nine weeks. In addition to taking cannabis, they were also treated with a non-narcotic medication, diazepam, which is used for sleep disorders, and a placebo. It is known that nabilone and diazepam can interact with sleep. Dr Hawley said they had conducted a similar study a few years ago and the results were the same. “We are quite sure that this is not a placebo effect,” he said.

The findings of Dr Hawley’s study were published in a study in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. He said it would now be necessary to further investigate the effects of both nabilone and diazepam, using larger amounts of both drugs in more patients to investigate their effects on sleep. “Our findings are in keeping with many previous studies, but I don’t know of anyone who has ever done a randomized controlled trial where the patients are given multiple diazepam and nabilone tablets, so that’s why it was important for us to use larger doses,” he said. The two medications are often given together for a longer time than the usual method of “coupling” with a benzodiazepine, and they can have an additive effect on the effect of the benzodiazepine. A 2007 study involving 665 people in Australia who were being treated for depression also found that the combination of nabilone and diazepam (commonly called “z-drugs”) was less effective than either drug taken on its own. The study also showed that the two drugs were no more effective than the two drugs taken separately, and that combining the drugs could not counteract the depressant effect of a benzodiazepine. The Australian study is one of the few to show diazepam and nabilone combined.

A 2007 study of 1,133 patients in Mexico and Chile found that diazepam alone was just as effective as the benzodiazepine in treating depression, although more patients receiving the medication experienced insomnia. An article by Dr. David Brownstein, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease suggests that combining the drugs may even be worse for depression than doing so on its own. The article is titled “Combined benzodiazepine and nabilone antidepressant: A potential antidepressant with potential risk.” It outlines the studies

Cantaloupe Music Releases Glenn Kotche’s “Drumkit Quartets” with Sō

Now Available on Cantaloupe Music:
Glenn Kotche’s Drumkit Quartets
with Sō Percussion 




“These quartets, which feature a battery of instruments outside the standard drum kit, tease out the different parameters that govern ensemble playing, like synchronicity, imitation, competition and symmetry. They also show off Mr. Kotche’s command of mood and texture…”

The New York Times: February 17, 2016 

We are delighted to announce the release of our 19th studio album, Glenn Kotche’sDrumkit Quartets! We recently had a blast performing these pieces together at Carnegie Hall. Below is a more complete description of the album, as well as a free preview of one of the tracks on Bandcamp. If you’d like to listen to more, Red Bull Music has an exclusive preview of the entire record.

The album is available on all of the outlets above, including the new merch store on ourwebsite. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!


From the multihued vision of his aptly titled Cantaloupe debut Adventureland to the drumming-without-a-net workout of John Luther Adams’ Ilimaq, Glenn Kotche is on a roll, so to speak, both as a performer and as a composer. While most music fans already know him as the powerhouse drummer behind the beloved rock band Wilco, he’s also an emerging creative force in the contemporary classical world, drawing the attention of Adams, Kronos Quartet, Missy Mazzoli, the Bang on a Can All-Stars and many more.

Sō Percussion certainly took note when the group — Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting — approached Kotche several years ago about collaborating. “At the time, I was feeling a strong desire to get back to writing for percussion,” Kotche reveals in the CD’s liner notes, “because I think the timbral, textural, melodic and rhythmic possibilities haven’t been explored nearly enough. I try to do that through my solo performances, but I jumped at the chance to try it with such an incredible and forward-thinking group as Sō Percussion.”

The result runs the expressive gamut of percussive instrumentation, from the marimba-based “Drumkit Quartet #51” (with haiku recited by Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda) to the hand-cranked sirens that open “Drumkit Quartet #50,” which channels the futurist manifesto of Luigi Russolo’s “art of noise,” spiced with a little John Cage and Luc Ferrari. A rich sonic tapestry of rhythmic exploration, audio collage and third-mind improv, Drumkit Quartets actually goes well beyond the drumkit — which is to be expected, given the feverishly inventive artists behind the recording.


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In a similar vein to the BPS System, IOS may also play an important role in the enterprise resource planning world. For example, SAP is developing its own software platform for IT organizations and is introducing a management platform in the fourth quarter of 2015 for IT organizations that are developing new applications. In its roadmap document, SAP describes this platform as an operating system. It uses the IOS operating system and is called “IOS-4.3”.

This year we also learned of the new Microsoft platform that will be launched by Microsoft this year. It is called Microsoft Edge. It will use the new IE11 browser, and will launch with support for extensions and a developer mode. The Microsoft Edge operating system will enable developers to create full-blown websites that will work across all devices. These websites will be powered by Microsoft’s Edge browser, and so will be part of the Microsoft Edge platform. We also learned of a new browser by Mozilla called ‘Capsule’ that is being launched this year. This browser was designed specifically to support the web technologies on which the Web 2.0 ecosystem is built. It will provide a cross-platform desktop/web browser experience for the masses, as well as native apps for Android and iOS. These new platforms enable rapid innovation, and bring together a range of services, devices and software, in a single ecosystem. It’s a good thing, too, because the more these technologies are built and available to use together, the easier it will be for us to create more compelling and powerful experiences for people on all devices.

You can expect more on the Web 2.0 platform over the next few months. In the meantime, I encourage you to check out Mozilla’s Web 2.0 initiative.

On a personal note, I also invite you to check out the upcoming Firefox Desktop version and start experimenting.

So Percussion plays the Bonnaroo Festival June 13th – Rolling Stone Magazine calls it a “don’t miss!”


Our first ever appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival is generating even more buzz than we imagined it would!

Rolling Stone, in their massive “Ultimate Guide” to Bonnaroo 2015, says:

“…don’t miss New York’s ambitious new music quartet So Percussion on Saturday morning. A very rare taste of Modern classical in a big American summer festival setting…”

The blog “No Country for New Nashville” calls it a “definite must see” alongside acts such as Flying Lotus and Tears for Fears.

Information about our midday set at Bonnarroo can be found HERE.

Brassland releases “Music for Wood and Strings” May 19th

So Percussion’s 18th Studio album arrives this May with “Music for Wood and Strings,” Bryce Dessner’s ambitious quartet for the newly invented “chordstick” instrument.  Check out a sample of the record on Soundcloud below, as well as a documentary about the making of this recording on BoingBoing.net!

On the righthand panel, you’ll find all the links to pre-order the album from Brassland or your favorite digital outlets.  Enjoy!