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Trinidad & Tobago Guardian: Quillen is a pan dreamer

Josh QuillenTrinidad & Tobago Guardian | By Andrew Martin, Ray Funk

Josh Quillen is playing, teaching, drilling, thinking, and perhaps dreaming pan from campus halls to concert halls, from Trinidad to Brooklyn, from dance performances to a digital album.

On his return from the International Conference and Panorama competition where he performed with the Brooklyn Steel Orchestra (who earned a respectable fourth place tie with Phase II), Quillen was at the Brooklyn Labor Day Panorama where he drilled the Crossfire Steel Orchestra along with his former student Kendall Williams, the band’s arranger.


Published October 19, 2015
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So Percussion will mark its residency at Princeton University with a concert at Grounds for Sculpture

Central Jersey
By Susan Van Dongen, Special Writer

Parents, take a deep breath before your scold your little ones about banging on pots, pans and trashcans. They may grow up to be world-renowned percussionists like the four men who comprise So PercussionEric Beach, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting and Josh Quillen.

”I did start off banging on things, since around age 8,” says Mr. Treuting. “In the third grade I found a broken drum set that my neighbor was throwing out and I grabbed it. All of us have that background, we’ve always been exploring things, but also involved in formal music programs, school bands and whatnot. It’s a strange mix.”

The Brooklyn-based quartet has grown in reputation, especially in the last 10 years, re-defining the idea of a percussion ensemble. Once something that may have been found only in university music departments, the percussion ensemble has been transformed by So Percussion into a flexible, adventurous, exhilarating entity. They’ve even collaborated with jam band Medeski, Martin and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and opened for the rock band The National at New York’s Beacon Theater. MORE

Published May 9, 2014
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YSM alumni receive grants from New Music USA


On February 24, 2014, New Music USA awarded $337,000 to sixty musical projects, six of which involve YSM alumni. New Music USA is dedicated to public advocacy for new music.

The 2013 Grammy award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth, an avant-garde vocal octet, blends all forms of non-Western singing techniques to create a unique 21st-century classical music sound. The ensemble’s first album was lauded as “fiercely beautiful, and bravely, utterly exposed” (NPR) and “the future of vocal music” (WQXR). The ensemble will use the grant to take on two new commissions featuring Sufi and Persian singing and to record a second album.

Yale faculty composer David Lang received a grant for his piece love fail, written for the vocal quartet Anonymous 4. MORE

Published March 4, 2014
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Avue Magazine features So Percussion

Avue Magazine, published by Adams Percussion, featured So Percussion in a three-part series about playing Steve Mackey’s It Is Time. Read the feature below.


Published June 23, 2013
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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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So Percussion joins the faculty at Bard Conservatory

The Bard College Conservatory of Music has just announced the appointment of So Percussion to its faculty. The members of So Percussion – Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting – will serve as co-directors of the Conservatory’s undergraduate-only percussion program, which will admit its first students in August of 2011. Joining them on the teaching faculty will be Greg Zuber, Daniel Druckman, and Jonathan Haas. Bard is also home to the John Cage Trust, and the members of So are excited to work more closely with them as the Cage centenary approaches in 2012.

So Percussion most recent recording, Paul Lansky’s Threads (written for So in 2005), will be officially released on Cantaloupe Music in the winter.

Published September 21, 2010
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Sō Percussion receives grant from Chamber Music America

Faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis among those commissioned by CMA grant recipients

so percussionChamber Music America (CMA) announced today that it will award $181,500 in grants for ten commissioning projects in six states. The commissions, made through CMA’s Classical Commissioning Program, are funded by a generous multi-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Since its creation in 1982, the CMA Commissioning Program has made more than 100 grants. Works that have been funded include Yale faculty member Aaron Jay Kernis’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Quartet No. 2 (“Musica Instrumentalis”); George Tsontakis’s String Quartet No. 4 (“Beneath Thy Tenderness of Heart”), recipient of the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award; Joan Tower’s Night Fields; Richard Danielpour’s  Urban Dances; and Steve Mackey’s  Indigenous Instruments.

Among the grant recipients is the ensemble Sō Percussion, whose membes – Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting – are all graduates of the Yale School of Music. The quartet has commissioned Steve Mackey to compose an extensive work for percussion quartet. MORE

Published June 16, 2009
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