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So Percussion to be Princeton’s new ensemble in residence

SO_2010_pressOn April 15, 2014, Princeton University announced that So Percussion will be the new Edward T. Cone Performers in Residence at the university.

They will replace the Brentano String Quartet, which has held the residency since 1999. The Brentanos will become the quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music this fall.

Steven Mackey, chair of the music department at Princeton, said: “We have been so impressed with the myriad ways they can contribute to music making and thought at Princeton that this was an easy choice to make. So Percussion are scintillating performers and we look forward to sharing the excitement of their performances with the wider community.”

So Percussion was formed in 1999 at the Yale School of Music by graduate students Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting, who were studying with Robert van Sice. The ensemble’s initial goal was to perform pieces by 20th century composers such as Cage, Reich, and Xenakis. Their first commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang expanded their vision; since then, So has commissioned some of the greatest composers of our time, including Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, and Martin Bresnick.

Now, for over a decade, So Percussion has redefined the notion of a modern percussion ensemble. They were praised by the New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” Since their founding, they have added 13 albums, dizzying tours, and a cacophony of collaborative projects to their name.

Published April 28, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Thinking Out Loud: So Percussion preview

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By Trevor Harris

This Sunday, February 9 the chamber ensemble So Percussion brings their creative classical performance to Columbia’s Missouri Theatre. KBIA’s Trevor Harris recently asked So Percussion member Adam Sliwinski about the band’s history, their repertoire and their commitment to teaching their craft to a new generation of percussion-oriented classical music students.

So Percussion draws heavily for their live shows from 20th century composers like Steve Reich and John Cage. Adam Sliwinski noted that these and other composers started bringing additional percussion into classical compositions as a way to express moods that needed to be shared in the music. MORE

Published February 6, 2014
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[ career strategies ]

March 28: So Percussion talks entrepreneurial marketing

Next Wednesday, two members of So Percussion will share their insights on creating and running a successful ensemble. In their presentation, Adam Sliwinski ’04MM, ’09DMA and Josh Quillen ’06MM will focus on marketing, particularly how So’s four members have leveraged social media and their network of relationships.

Astrid Baumgardner, the School’s director of career strategies, said: “For anyone wondering how to get yourself out there, this presentation is a must.”

Sliwinski and Quillen will be on hand to answer questions, offering an exciting opportunity to hear from successful YSM alums how to carve a path through the musical landscape of the twenty-first century. MORE

Published March 23, 2012
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