From Sō Percussion and (le) Poisson Rouge: “VIP Benefit and Night of Awesomeness”

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S Ō P E R C U S S I O N
VIP Benefit and Night of Awesomeness
Thursday, June 7 at (le) Poisson Rouge

Hello Friends,

We hope you can join us on Thursday, June 7 for our annual VIP Benefit and a truly spectacular NIGHT OF AWESOMENESS, offering a lineup of incredible performers and performances.

The VIP portion begins at 6:30pm, and includes dinner, drinks, a special performance by Sō, and a celebration of the incredible Sara Coffey, our Benefit Honoree! Tickets are $300 per person, and help support our mission and operations.

THEN, at 8:30pm, doors open to the public for the NIGHT OF AWESOMENESS (included in the VIP ticket, or available for $20 per person).

Purchase tickets to Sō Benefit/Night of Awesomeness.

What is a “Night of Awesomeness?”
It is a variety show of our favorite music and people. It has no consistent theme other than “awesomeness,” which is arbitrated by what we like. Some of the most fascinating people we’ve ever known and worked with have agreed to join us for this party, offering performances ranging from hard-hitting contemporary classical music to toe-tappers and show stoppers.

“Night of Awesomeness” includes:

Balún, with Angelica Negrón, a wonderful artist whom we’ve known for a number of years. Angelica will be writing a new work for Sō Percussion this summer, and Balún grew out of the indie scene in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Grey Mcmurray is featured on our studio album “Where (we) Live.” His guitar mastery and sensitive composition makes him an enthralling figure in our scene.

Damsel is a unique neo-folk duo whose songwriting style borrows from bluegrass, folk, contemporary classical, and many other influences.

Sandbox Percussion represents the next generation of frighteningly gifted chamber music groups, a wave that has followed our work.

Dither Quartet is the ensemble-in-residence for this year’s Sō Percussion/New Music USA residency program. We share the kinship of “four-of-the-same” groups. We have worked with many of the same composers from the New York and Brooklyn scenes.

Bobby Previte wrote “Terminals,” one of the most sprawling and ambitious pieces we’ve ever played. Having made his way in the jazz and experimental “downtown” scenes, he also retains a love for the percussion ensemble tradition of John Cage.

Shara Nova, aka My Brightest Diamond, is a true force of nature. We are delighted that she agreed to take a break from her tour with tune-yards to join us! Our collaborative project “Timeline” has toured to Carnegie Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, UCLA Live, and other venues. She travels between the indie rock and classical worlds with grace, glory, and tremendous joy!

VIP Tickets ($300/person, including NoA) and Night of Awesomeness Tickets ($20/person) available for purchase here.

The “artist”

Adam Sliwinski has been a member of Sō Percussion since 2002. Adam is particularly interested in keyboard instruments, especially marimba and piano.

Eric Cha-Beach has been a member of Sō Percussion since 2007-A consummate percussionist he loves to learn new instruments like the musical saw integrating them into diverse setups

Jason Treuting is a founding member of Sō Percussion- Jason has pioneered an innovative drum set practice within the new music sphere. He is also a composer.

Josh Quillen has been a member of Sō Percussion since 2006- Josh is an expert Steel Drum artist having studied in Trinidad and immersed himself in Steel Band culture.

Our Mission:

Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to engaged students, while providing meaningful service to its communities, in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds.
Our Vision:

To create a new model of egalitarian artistic collaboration that respects history, champions innovation and curiosity, and creates an essential social bond through service to our audiences and our communities.
Ensemble Bio:

Sō is: Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting

With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble.

Sō’s repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, et al, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as Caroline Shaw, David Lang, Steve Mackey, and Paul Lansky, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including vocalist Shara Nova, electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, and composer and leader of The National, Bryce Dessner, among many others.

Sō Percussion also composes and performs their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs – including Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and A Gun Show, which was presented in a multi-performance presentation as part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival. In these concert-length programs, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art, into a powerful exploration of their own unique and personal creative experiences.

Rooted in the belief that music is an essential facet of human life, a social bond, and an effective tool in creating agency and citizenship, Sō Percussion enthusiastically pursues a growing range of social and community outreach. Examples include their Brooklyn Bound presentations of younger composers; commitments to purchasing offsets to compensate for carbon-heavy activities such as touring travel; and leading their SōSI students in an annual food-packing drive, yielding up to 25,000 meals, for the Crisis Center of Mercer County through the organization EndHungerNE.

Sō Percussion is the Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University, where they offer educational work and present an annual series of concerts. They are also Co-Directors of the percussion department at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, and run the annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI, now in its ninth year), providing college-age composers and percussionists an immersive exposure to collaboration and project development.

One of the first things any group needs is a name. When our group was founded in 1999, we cast far and wide among our friends and family for suggestions. The winner was this simple, short word offered by Jenise Treuting, Jason’s sister.

Jenise has been living and working in Japan as an English-Japanese translator for 20 years. The word “Sō” was punchy, enigmatic, and memorable.

“The Sō in Sō Percussion comes from 奏, the second character in the compound Japanese word 演奏 (ensou), to perform music. By itself, so means “to play an instrument.” But it can also mean “to be successful,” “to determine a direction and move forward,” and “to present to the gods or ruler.” Scholars have suggested that the latter comes from the character’s etymology, which included the element “to offer with both hands.” 奏 is a bold, straightforward character, but lends itself to calligraphy with a certain energy that gives so a springy, delicate look.”

– Jenise Treuting

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(Le) Poisson Rouge Event Tortoise at Le Poisson Rouge, 3-16-2016

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(le) poisson rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue’s mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.

LPR prides itself in offering the highest quality eclectic programming, impeccable acoustics, and bold design. The state-of-the art performance space, engineered by the legendary John Storyk/WSDG, offers full flexibility in multiple configurations: seated, standing, in-the-round, and numerous alternative arrangements. The adjoining gallery space — The Gallery at LPR — functions as an art gallery, secondary bar, and event space. A work of art itself, the physical facilities are the embodiment of the experimental philosophy that drives the venue.

LPR is a source you can trust for exposure to visionary work, people of character, and a consistently dynamic environment. We invite you to immerse yourself in a nightlife of true substance and vitality.

Venue Highlights

flexible event space fits 250 fully seated, 700 fully standing, or any combination
138-capacity soundproof Gallery Bar adjacent to the main space
28’ x 21’ fixed corner stage
16’ dia. portable, trundled round stage comprised of 3 individual staging sections
23’ dia. hardwood sprung dance floor
engineering by John Storyk/WSDG (Electric Lady Studios, Jazz @ Lincoln Center)
1 downstage cinema-scale projection screen w/ 5.1 Meyer Surround Sound
2 upstage movable projection screens
Yamaha S6B 7’ concert grand piano
elevated VIP Box & 2 private entrances
full catering kitchen & planning services
furnished Green Room w/ en suite restroom

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