Sō Percussion

Chamber Ensemble

"Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new."

The New York Times

"The evening was an exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam…"

The New Yorker

"If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young, steel-wristed, Brooklyn-based Yale graduates wear the crown with panache."

The Financial Times

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With innovative multi-genre productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and role of the modern percussion ensemble. Their career now encompasses 16 albums, touring worldwide, a dizzying array of collaborative projects, several ambitious educational programmes, and a steady output of their own music.

Their repertoire ranges from classics of the 20th century by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, to commissioning and advocating new works. An early encounter with David Lang yielded their first commissioned piece, the so-called laws of nature, and since then they have gone on to commission some of the greatest American composers of our time, including Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky and Martin Bresnick.

They frequently collaborate with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Nova, electronic duo Matmos, ground breaking electronic musician Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner.

Sō Percussion also compose and perform their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programmes. Their shows Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and A Gun Show, have been performed throughout the US to critical acclaim. In these concert-length programmes, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art.

Recent highlights have included a residency at Lincoln Center Festival, a celebration of Steve Reich’s music at Carnegie Hall for his 80th birthday, David Lang’s percussion concerto man made with Gustavo Dudamel and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bryce Dessner’s Music for Wood and Strings at the Barbican Centre, London, a collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and Gil Kalish with the Da Camera of Houston and international tours to Poland and Ireland.

Sō Percussion is the Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University, where they offer educational work and present an annual series of concerts. They are also Co-Directors of the percussion department at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, and run the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute, providing college-age composers and percussionists an immersive exposure to collaboration and project development.

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Sō Percussion

This group plays with an irresistible vitality

The Washington Post

If percussionists are, as proclaimed elsewhere, the new princes of the realm of virtuosity, then these four young, steel-wristed, Brooklyn-based Yale graduates wear the crown with panache.

The Financial Times

The range of colors and voices that So Percussion coaxes from its menagerie is astonishing and entrancing

Billboard Magazine

This ensemble has set the New York standard for percussion innovation

The New Yorker

The weekend’s electrifying percussion pieces deserve a cheer too. The So Percussion group were a knockout in Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet…

The Guardian

Sō Percussion have [Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet] nailed, finding both the inner glow and the outer edge, and never letting the tapestry lapse into the flat or routine

BBC Music Magazine

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