March 2010
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Amy Ford
Jill Frye
East Central University
Communications and Marketing
580-559-5650 405-812-1428 (cell)
Or Dr. Ben Finley, 580-559-5391

 

 

SO PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM APRIL 10 AT ECU 

An opportunity to experience the unique sounds of So Percussion, an internationally known ensemble whose improvised instruments sometimes are associated more with plumbing supplies, will be available at 7:30 p.m. April 10 [SATURDAY] at East Central University.

So Percussion will perform in the Ataloa Theatre in the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

So Percussion, an innovative ensemble whose music has been called astonishing and entrancing, will perform in East Central University's Ataloa Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 10 [SATURDAY]. Advance tickets may be purchased by credit card by calling 580-559-5456 or online at www.ecok.edu/scissortail. Tickets also will be on sale at the door.
So Percussion, an innovative ensemble whose music has been called astonishing and entrancing, will perform in East Central University's Ataloa Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 10 [SATURDAY]. Advance tickets may be purchased by credit card by calling 580-559-5456 or online at www.ecok.edu/scissortail. Tickets also will be on sale at the door.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and may be purchased by credit card by calling 580-559-5456 or online at www.ecok.edu/scissortail. Tickets also may be purchased at the ticket window the night of the show for $10 for adults and $5 for students. Credit cards will not be accepted at the performance.

Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that is both raucous and touching, barbarous and refined. With the realization that percussion instruments can communicate all the extremes of emotion and musical possibility, it has not been an easy music to define.

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, in addition to their own original music, has quickly helped them forge a unique and diverse career.

Members of the ensemble are Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting and Eric Beach. So Percussion is well known for recording and touring internationally and for its work with composers such as Steve Reich, David Lang and Evan Ziporyn.

So Percussion also has begun to produce original music, starting with a CD/DVD project, "Amid the Noise," that includes video art created by Jenise Treuting. The ensemble experimented with glockenspiel, toy piano, vibraphones, bowed marimba, tuned and prepared pipes, metals and an Ethernet port.

Called "astonishing and entrancing" by Billboard, and "brilliant" by the New York Times, the 20-something group was created to give fresh voice to what co-founder Jason Treuting calls "funky contemporary music."

So Percussion received the John Cage Award last year from ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) for the artistry and passion with which they perform, commission, record and champion today's music.

For more information about the concert, contact Dr. Ben Finley at 580-559-5391 or visit www.ecok.edu/scissortail. The festival is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowments for the Arts.

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