Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble at the Bookstore!

WiPE hits the Williams Bookstore on Spring Street for Once Upon a Time the World Was Round, a program of music for small percussion instruments, found sounds, and voices.  Join the Percussion Ensemble for an intimate musical experience in which instruments ranging from flower pots, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and plastic bags to cymbals and drums are played throughout the store.  Families and music lovers of all ages will enjoy this Earth Day adventure into a world of tight grooves and sonic discovery.
This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.


“The Williams Percussion Ensemble stood under the warm May sun and sent sharp-edged, tightly organized rhythmic salutes into the Berkshire hills.”
The Boston Globe
In programs featuring cutting-edge new music and important works of the twentieth-century, the Williams Percussion Ensemble (WiPE) surveys a vast terrain of sound and rhythm. The ensemble employs all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds, and electronics to create music that resonates across boundaries of genre and discipline. In addition to music for percussion alone the group presents works for mixed ensembles and new and experimental music for a range of instruments.  The ensemble often works directly with composers and collaborates with artists in diverse media in order to explore the connections between sound, form, image, and movement. WiPE strives to offer creative programming, innovative presentation, and immersive experiences in which the listener is invited to hear music in new ways.


Williams Percussion Ensemble
Kendall Bazinet ‘18
David Burgess ‘19
Geoffrey Salmon ‘21
Tiffany Tien ‘20
Matthew Gold, dir.


  • Julia Wolfe: Dark Full Ride, mvt 1
  • Molly Joyce: Chic
  • Andrea Mazzariello: Babybot
  • Dominic Donato: Reuse, Recycle, Reduce
  • John Cage: Living Room Music
  • Angélica Negrón: Count to Five
  • Jean-Pierre Drouet: Études pour caisse-claire