Sō Percussion’s studio is located at 20 Grand Avenue, Unit 205, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Sō Percussion Studio Residency Program
Our Studio Residency Program fosters emerging new music ensembles and organizations at Sō’s Clinton Hill Studio. Residency recipients receive rehearsal time in our studio, formal mentoring sessions, and performances on So Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound concert series. The residency was founded in 2016-17, with the help of the New Music USA Impact Fund.
Our 2019-2020 Residency recipient is MEDIAQUEER,a violin and electronics duo with Darian Thomas and Phong Tran. MEDIAQUEER’s goal is to create interdisciplinary work that expresses their experiences across the spectrum of genres and explores their position at the intersection of multiple cultural identities. Phong is a queer, Vietnamese-American composer, visual artist, and electronic artist. Darian is a queer, afrolatinx composer, violinist, and visual artist. Together they explore inter- and intra-personal relationships, celebrating the beauty of humanity while confronting societal issues and evils to create a form of expression that is welcoming and accessible to all. MEDIAQUEER draws influence from a wide spectrum across mediums and genre, ranging from electronic, pop, fluxus performance art, dance, theater, and the contemporary classical tradition. Existing in multiple spheres, MEDIAQUEER presents their work in traditional new music spaces, gallery spaces, and DIY performance halls. MEDIAQUEER has recently performed at National Sawdust, MASSMoCA, Baby’s All Right, and H0l0.
Darian Thomas is a Brooklyn based composer, multi-instrumentalist, and interdisciplinary artist. He is interested in combining genres into a singular vocabulary that can express ideas about intersectionality (of medium and identity). Necessarily, he is interested in redacting all barriers to entry that have existed at the gates of any genre – this vocabulary of multiplicity will be intersectional, and therefore all-inclusive. He has received a Bachelors in Music Composition from The University of the Incarnate Word, and was a 2018 New Amsterdam Composer Lab Fellow, 2018 SoSI Composer Fellow, and 2019 Banglewood Composition Fellow.
Phong Tran is a Brooklyn-based composer, electronic musician, and visual artist. His works are heavily inspired by the sound of early synthesizers and the noises and grinds of experimental electronics. Much of his work is developed through late night wikipedia dives while obsessing over things like simulation theory, abstract story structure, Dungeons & Dragons, and vaporwave eccojams. He has received a Master’s in Music Composition from New York University.
Interested in renting our studio for a rehearsal?
Without use of Sō Percussion’s gear (see here for gear) – $60/hour
With use of Sō Percussion’s gear – $90/hour
(See here for gear available)
Contact Shelby Blezinger-McCay for booking.