From Princeton University Department of Music and via WHYY: “So Percussion marks 5th year in residence at Princeton with a free concert”

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September 14, 2018
Kimberly Haas

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Princeton University went beyond the usual suspects when it selected the quartet Sō Percussion as their Edward T. Cone Performers in Residence in 2014.

“The idea of a music ensemble in residence traditionally has meant a string quartet, reaching back into the classical tradition to play Beethoven and Bartok and things like that,” said So Percussion member Adam Slawinski. “Instead, when we started here, the idea was that Princeton has a large community of composers making new works of music, and because we didn’t have much repertoire to begin with, what we do is to generate new repertoire and forge relationships with composers.”

In addition to working with composers in the graduate program, Princeton asked the ensemble to interact with the entire school community.

“They said they want every student touched by the arts,” said founding member Jason Treuting. “So we’ve looked for ways to work with students at all different levels, not just music majors.” Those efforts range from the formation of a steel band and working with the Princeton Laptop Orchestra, to teaching classes that explore the intersection of music, dance and visual arts.

Members of the group pride themselves on being much more than four drummers. “We write our own music. We commission and collaborate with musicians who aren’t necessarily in the classical fold,” said Sliwinski.

Contemporary music icon Steve Reich wrote “Mallet Quartet” for them and three co-commissioning ensembles in 2009.

“We grew up idolizing Steve Reich,” said Treuting. “In a lot of ways, it was what drew us to do what we do.” For other works, they’ve cast a wide net, with commissions ranging from jazz pianist Vijay Iyer to Bryce Dessner, guitarist with the rock band The National. Those two works will appear on an eclectic program for this evening’s concert.

“We’re musically omnivorous, and the program really reflects who we are,” said Treuting. “We’re including some of the lineage we come from, like Iannis Xenakis and Pauline Oliveros, plus pieces written by two members of our group. And we’re also focusing on our commissioning work, with new works by Puerto Rican composer Angélica Negrón and Joan Tower, who wrote it for her 80th birthday.”

Sō Percussion will mark the beginning of their fifth year as Performers in Residence at Princeton University with a free concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium Hall.

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

About Princeton: Overview

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,200 undergraduate students and 2,600 graduate students. The University’s generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

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