Last Friday, I joined the PUBLIQuartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to give the world premiere of Andy Akiho’s LIgNEouS Suite for marimba and string quartet. This is a project that I’ve been working on with Andy for 7 years, and it was really amazing to finally experience the entire piece.
The Met streamed the whole show live on their Facebook page – check it out right here!
A couple updates with my Memory Palace album this week -
Q2 Music is streaming Memory Palace for free all week! Check out their review here.
WNYC’s New Sounds included Tawnie Olson’s Meadowlark in this week’s episode. Listen here.
Also, icareifyoulisten.com just featured Timo Andres’ work Crashing Through Fences from on their latest mixtape, and Spotify was kind enough to include Paola Prestini’s G-Force on their Classical New Released playlist. Check it out here!
Memory Palace was released on VIA Records on January 6.
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Sandbox Percussion has been in LA the last week performing and working with percussion and composition students at a bunch of different schools, but the real reason we’re here is for a performance tomorrow night that celebrates the music of one of our closest friends and collaborators, Thomas Kotcheff.
It’s finally happening…I’m thrilled to announce that my first solo record, Memory Palace, will be released on January 6, 2017 on VIA Records. This album is a collection of pieces that I’ve commissioned over the past several years, and each work stretches the capabilities of percussion music in a unique way.
Last month, Sandbox Percussion traveled to the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. The Phillips hosts the longest-running concert series in DC, and it is one of the most gorgeous rooms that I have ever played in. They also boast one of the most supportive audiences that I’ve ever experienced. From the moment we walked on stage, the energy and excitement were palpable. Things got a little crazy during a performance Steve Reich’s Drumming…a retired meteorologist ran up to the front of the room, waved hello to us, and then proceeded to dance an ecstatic and completely incredible jig in front of the audience. That’s a first for us…
The Washington Post was there, and check out what they had to say about the show. I also gave a performance of the first three movements of Andy Akiho‘s LIgNEouS suite with the Amphion String Quartet, a performance that we will repeat at St. Bart’s in NYC on April 25th.