Sō Percussion at Meany Hall, Jan. 31 & Feb. 4

Posted on January 25, 2016, 8:00 am
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Prolific experimental ensemble Sō Percussion beats its way into Meany Hall this Sunday, January 31. With percussion instruments ranging from marimbas to bongos to tin cans, the ensemble has gained a high reputation as one of the leading interpreters of contemporary classical percussion music.

Sunday’s program, part of the UW World Series, will include pieces by minimalist Steve Reich and the legendary John Cage, along with works by musician-composers Glenn Kotche (drummer for the band Wilco) and Bryce Dessner (guitarist for The National). The Sō Percussion members are Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski and Jason Treuting, who together have released 16 albums, commissioned countless pieces by well-known composers and still find time to provide mentorship to budding musicians.

This concert kicks off Sō Percussion’s week-long residency with the UW School of Music; join them again on Thursday, February 4 for a free performance of Steve Reich’s Drumming with UW student musicians (6 PM, Meany Studio Theatre). Later that night, they will perform a series of John Cage pieces following the opening night performance of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (9 PM, Meany Hall lobby).

Tickets for Sunday’s performance run $35-40 and are available through the event page on UW’s website.

UPDATE (January 27, 2016, 4:40 PM): Second Inversion will be streaming a live broadcast of the performance for those who can’t make it but want to listen. Learn more about the stream and Second Inversion on the org’s website, http://secondinversion.org/

UW World Series Presents: Sō Percussion

When: Sunday January 31, 7:3o PM

Where: Meany Hall (4140 George Washington Lane NE)

Claire Biringer is a Seattle-based music lover, educator and writer. She holds an MA in Music History from University of Washington, where her primary research involved contemporary opera and its social implications. She enjoys using music and writing to build communities and broaden minds.