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Yale Percussion Group performs in New Haven and New York

The Yale Percussion Group, hailed as “truly extraordinary” by composer Steve Reich, brings high-energy works by Reich and David Lang to the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 pm.

The dynamic ensemble will present the so-called laws of nature, a monumentally virtuosic percussion quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang – who is both a YSM graduate and a current member of the YSM faculty. Written for So Percussion in 2002, this piece explores explore the limits of the scientific method through varied forms of fractured repetition, and features instruments built by the percussionists specifically for the piece. These instruments range from tuned metal pipes and planks of wood to teacups and flowerpots.

Fresh from their performance of Steve Reich’s Sextet in Zankel Hall last December, the ensemble will also perform Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, a polyrhythmic tour-de-force of sound.

On Friday, May 20, the YPG will give a free outdoor performance of Lang's so-called laws of nature in Yale's Old Campus.

Founded in 1997 by Robert van Sice, the Yale Percussion Group is composed of young artists who have come from around the world for graduate study at the Yale School of Music. The YPG earned acclaim for its performances at Make Music New York’s Xenakis festival in Central Park last summer and for two appearances last year in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Members of the YPG have gone on to form the acclaimed quartet So Percussion and to perform with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Two, the Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Yale percussion students and graduates have recently won the Linz International Marimba Competition in Austria and the Concert Artist Guild Competition.

The current members of the Yale Percussion Group are Yun-Chu Chiu, Michael Compitello, John Corkill, Leonardo Gorosito, Ian Rosenbaum and Adam Rosenblatt. This concert is part of the 2010-11 Yale in New York concert series, presented by the Yale School of Music.