Sō Percussion: Trilogy
Reich, Dessner, Lang
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse165 West 65th Street
“Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.”
New York Times on Sō Percussion
“Bryce Dessner’s most adventurous work.”
Pitchfork on Music for Wood and Strings
Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting
The “smart and dazzling” new-music quartet (Village Voice) kicks off their series with a stunning collection of music by three of today’s top living composers.
Shifting patterns rise and fall in hypnotic arcs in Steve Reich’s exuberant Music for Pieces of Wood (1973), performed entirely on pitched claves. A clear homage to Reich’s piece, Bryce Dessner’s atmospheric Music for Wood and Strings suspends similarly intricate patterns in clouds of reverb. The evening culminates in David Lang’s breakthrough percussion quartet, The so-called laws of nature, which reveals an entirely new realm of music through a whimsical orchestra of invented instruments, many constructed by the performers themselves.
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