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So Percussion

Kris Rothstein

Last year Music on Main put on a performance of American composer Steve Reich's piece Drumming as part of PuSh fest. This year Brooklyn percussion quartet So Percussion came in to play selected works by Reich and another US composer, David Lang.

The four guys were enthusiastic and exciting and included the audience in an uncontrived way. Most of the pieces were rhythmically hypnotic and layered with many subtle tones which resonated in the lofty ceilings of Heritage Hall. During Clapping Music I thought I could hear a hum from the unplayed marimbas. I love Reich's minimalism and it was nice to hear some rarely performed works like Four Organs.

In the third part of the David Lang piece, the quartet played on flowerpots and teacups and the quality of sound was somehow charming and reassuring like the objects themselves.



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