So Percussion | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater | Jazz | Chicago Reader

So Percussion Recommended Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Wed., March 18, 7 p.m. 2009

Since forming a decade ago, while its members were all Yale students with a shared love for the percussion music of composers like Cage, Xenakis, and Reich, So Percussion has steadily expanded its scope. Its first three albums—including a stunning 2004 recording of Reich’s Drumming—came out on Cantaloupe Music, the label run by New York collective Bang on a Can, but starting with 2006’s Amid the Noise the quartet began to write much of its own repertoire and collaborate with ensembles outside contemporary-classical circles. The group’s originals blur the lines between classical, electronica, and rock, with serene melodies floating over complex, simmering beats; its sizable instrumental arsenal includes toy piano, bowed marimba, tuned pipes, and duct tape. In October ’06 they made their Chicago debut at the Cultural Center with electronic duo Matmos, and their most recent album, last year’s self-released Five (and-a-Half) Gardens, is a lovely collaboration with revisionist Nordic-folk duo Trollstilt where both groups drift far from their usual territory. Tonight So Percussion performs City Music, by member Jason Treuting. —Peter Margasak

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