October 21, 2016
11am in Ramo Recital Hall
We are pleased to present Brooklyn-based ensemble Sandbox Percussion for an informal performance and brief lecture/discussion about their experience starting and maintaining a professional contemporary music ensemble.
Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jaw- dropping virtuosity,” Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.
Last season Sandbox gave twelve world premieres by composers such as Robert Sirota, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Crowell, Thomas Kotcheff, Alex Weiser, and Tonia Ko. Six of these premieres were by composition students at the Yale School of Music and were featured on the New Music New Haven concert series. This past Spring Sandbox, along with flutist Tim Munro, performed the world premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s They Might be Giants as members of a larger mixed ensemble co-directed by Amy Beth Kirsten and Mark DeChiazza.
In addition to keeping a busy concert schedule Sandbox has also participated in various masterclasses and coachings at schools such as the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, Cornell University, and Furman University. While there they coached students on some of the most pivotal works in the percussion repertoire including Steve Reich’s Drumming, György Ligeti’s, Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel and John Cage’s Third Construction.
Most recently has marked the quartet’s growing interest in composition. Last season Jonathan Allen’s Interlude and Victor Caccese’s Chatter were featured on eleven separate programs throughout the U.S. Sandbox also worked closely with composer David Crowell on a marimba arrangement of his saxophone sextet, Point Reyes. They gave the world premiere in November 2014 in Brooklyn, NY.
Sandbox Percussion has now reached their fifth concert season and will celebrate with a fourth return to the Concerts on Slope series in Brooklyn and a special performance of John Luther Adams’ Strange and Sacred Noise at Trinity Church on Wall Street. They will return to the Peabody Conservatory and Furman University where they will coach and perform Steve Reich’s Drumming. Other highlights include a third piece written expressly for them by composer and longtime friend, Thomas Kotcheff, three separate programs at Brooklyn’s mega club Verboten, as well as the first ever percussion quartet concert at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. Sandbox Percussion endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumheads.