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 Percussion — Eric 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