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Tag: So Percussion

Saturday, March 18th

Steve Reich (1936-), Mallet Quartet (2009), So Percussion



reading table

At worst, one is in motion; and at best,
Reaching no absolute, in which to rest,
One is always nearer by not keeping still.

—Thom Gunn (1929-2004), “On the Move” (fragment)


Monday, December 19th

sounds of New York

Eli Keszler & So Percussion, “Archway,” New York, 2013



reading table

“I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day.”

—Daniel Duane, “The Tent Cities of San Francisco” (quoting Justin Keller), New York Times, 12/18/16

Tuesday, July 26th

percussion festival
day two

John Cage (1912-1992), Third Construction (1941); So Percussion, live

Monday, 1/14/13

John Cage, Third Construction (1941)
So Percussion



musical thoughts

Is anything more familiar—or mysterious—than sound?

Monday, 9/12/11

two takes

Here’s a very different piece by Steve Reich—one I first heard, in a New York performance by Reich’s ensemble, 40 years ago. At the time, the only way he could get his music heard was to play it himself.

Steve Reich, Drumming (1971), excerpts

So Percussion, live, Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University), c. 2009

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Steve Reich (wearing cap) with members of Ensemble Modern
Live, Germany (Cologne), 2009

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More? Here. And here. And here. 



All music theory refers to something that has already happened, but if it is taken as a prescription, or worse a manifesto, heaven help you.

Steve Reich

Wednesday, 8/18/10

Actually, you don’t even need a single string.

Steve Reich, “Clapping Music” (1972)/So Percussion, live, California (Palo Alto), 1/8/10 (music starts at 3:35)

More Steve Reich? Here.

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