BOOKING OFFER: SO PERCUSSION

Dear all,

I’m booking some selected dates for SO PERCUSSION.
Open dates are on 8th and 10th September.
Please find here a biography and some links to be clicked on:

http://www.youtube.com/user/sopercussion
http://soundcloud.com/so-percussion

Since 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that explores all the
extremes of emotion and musical possibility.  Called an “experimental
powerhouse” by the Village Voice, “astonishing and entrancing” by
Billboard Magazine, and “brilliant” by the New York Times, the
Brooklyn-based quartet’s innovative work with today’s most exciting
composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a
unique and diverse career.

Excitement about composers like John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis
– as well as the sheer fun of playing together – inspired the members of
So to begin performing together while students at the Yale School of
Music. A blind call to David Lang, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and
co-founder of New York’s Bang on a Can Festival, yielded their first
commissioned piece, the so-called laws of nature.  So’s recording of the
so-called laws of nature became the cornerstone of their self-titled debut
album on Cantaloupe Music (the record label from the founders of Bang on a
Can).  In subsequent years, this relationship would blossom into a growing
catalogue of exciting releases:  Steve Reich’s masterpiece Drumming; So
member Jason Treuting’s amid the noise; Treasure State, a collaboration
with the electronic duo Matmos; and Paul Lansky’s Threads.

So’s ongoing body of original work has resulted in exciting new projects
such as the site-specific Music For Trains in Southern Vermont and
Imaginary City, a fully-staged sonic meditation on urban soundscapes
commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival
2009 in consortium with 5 other venues. So’s next theatrical project where
(we) live is slated to premiere in Fall of 2012.

So Percussion is increasingly involved in mentoring young artists.
Starting in the fall of 2011, its members will be Co-Directors of a new
percussion department at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music.  This
top-flight undergraduate program enrolls each student in a double-degree
(Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts) course in the Conservatory and
Bard College, and exposes them to both traditional western conservatory
training and a variety of world traditions.  The summer of 2009 saw the
creation of the annual So Percussion Summer Institute on the campus of
Princeton University. The Institute is an intensive two-week chamber music
seminar for college-age percussionists featuring the four members of So as
faculty in rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music
for students from around the world.

So Percussion has performed their unusual and exciting music all over the
United States, with concerts at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie
Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Stanford Lively Arts, the Cleveland
Museum of Art, and many others. In addition, recent tours to the United
Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Ukraine have
brought them international acclaim.

I hope to hear from you asap.

Regards.

Alain

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