Percussion Ensemble

Williams Percussion Ensemble

Fall 13 poster 3The Williams College Department of Music presents Williams College Percussion Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall in a program titled, Pixels. This free event is open to the public.

WiPE is an ensemble that utilizes any and all kinds of percussion instruments—from keyboards to found objects like metal plates—to make music. The fall concert program features two works that explore non-Western traditions: Iannis Xenakis’s Okho (1989) for three African djembe drums, and Claude Vivier’s Pulau Dewata (1977) based on the tonalities and rhythms of Bali. The ensemble presents the world premiere by Casey McLellan, Williams College Class of 2014,The Law of Any Numbers (2013) for piano, harpsichord, vibraphone, and marimba. The ensemble also features works for toy piano and electronics by Daniel Wohl and John Cage. The evening concludes with a celebration of the music of David Kechley. The composer’s colorful Dancing (1982) is considered a classic for percussion ensemble. An unusual and wide array of percussion instruments, including drums, cymbals, wooden slabs, keyboards, toy pianos, pitched cowbells, and gongs bring these works to life.

About Williams Percussion Ensemble
In programs featuring cutting edge new and experimental music, and important works of the twentieth-century, 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 other instruments, and often works directly with composers. The ensemble also collaborates with artists in diverse media in order to explore the connections between different types of sound, form, image, and movement.

About Matthew Gold

Matthew Gold is a New York based percussionist with a deep commitment to new music. A member of Talea Ensemble and the Talujon percussion group, and a former co-director of TimeTable Percussion, he performs regularly with Sequitur, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, Either/Or, SEM Ensemble, and many others. Mr. Gold is an Artist Associate in percussion at Williams College where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble, I/O Ensemble, and I/O Fest, an annual new music festival. He performs regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has been an artist-faculty member of the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College and a member of the resident ensemble at the Walden School’s Young Musicians Program. In 2013 he joined the performance faculty of the annual Composer’s Conference at Wellesley College.