Since 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that explores all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility. Called an "experimental powerhouse" by the Village Voice, "astonishing and entrancing" by Billboard Magazine, and "brilliant" by the New York Times, the Brooklyn based quartet's innovative work with today's most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career.
In the 20th Century, musical innovators like Edgard Varese, John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis brought drums and percussion out from behind the traditional orchestra and gave them new voice. It was excitement about these composers and the sheer fun of playing together that inspired the members of So to begin performing together while students at the Yale School of Music: Cage's Third Construction wove elaborate rhythmic counterpoint using ordinary objects, while Reich's Drumming harnessed African inspiration to ecstatic effect.
So Percussion has record four albums under their name, including So Percussion, Drumming by Steve Reich, Amid The Noise which incorporates member Jason Treuting’s original compositions, and Paul Lansky’s Threads.
For the past several years, So has been joining the electronic duo Matmos for shows around the country and in Europe, exploring the sonic and theatrical possibilities of beer cans, hair clippers, ceramic bowls, and dry ice. This collaboration culminated in Treasure State, released on Cantaloupe Music in 2010.
Starting in the fall of 2011, its members will be Co-Directors of a new percussion department at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. This top-flight undergraduate program will enroll each student in a double-degree (Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts) course in the Conservatory and Bard College, and will expose them to both traditional western conservatory training and a variety of world traditions. The summer of 2009 saw the creation of the annual So Percussion Summer Institute on the campus of Princeton University: an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists.
So Percussion has performed concerts at the Lincoln Center Festival, Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Stanford Lively Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and many others. In addition, recent tours to Russia, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the Ukraine have brought them international acclaim. They won 2nd prize overall and the Concerto Prize at the 2005 Luxembourg International Percussion Quartet Competition.
So would like to thank Pearl/Adams Instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads, and Estey organs for their sponsorship.