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So Percussion


So Percussion is a quartet of musicians (and a team of excellent support members) embracing new music, innovative artistic collaborations, community service and engagement, and artistic education. 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), So Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble.

So’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.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/9/2018: DIRECT CURRENT: So Percussion

The famed percussion quartet So Percussion plays works by John Cage, Caroline Shaw, and Vietnamese American composer Viet Cuong.
   John Cage: Living Room Music
   Viet Cuong: Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine (D.C. premiere)
   Caroline Shaw: Taxidermy (D.C. premiere)
   John Cage: Credo in U.S.

Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT inaugural season. For more information on the season, please click HERE.

So Percussion