The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Percussion Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall in a program titled, “…dust into dust...” Featuring all manner of percussion instruments, the players of the ensemble will surround the audience in a wide-ranging and immersive world of sound. This free event is open to the public.
The program begins with a world premiere for piano, drums, and ensemble by Williams artist in residence in jazz Kris Allen. Also featured is Annie Gosfield’s Flying Sparks and Heavy Machinery for string quartet and percussion, a work inspired by the metallic scrapes and bangs, the ambient buzzes and whines, and the imperfect rhythms of machines and factories. N. Cameron Britt’s Aybabtu is built on tightly interlocking grooves, sparkling harmonies, and the electronic call and response of the composer’s homemade, very low-tech buzzers. Interspersed throughout the program, and throughout Chapin Hall, are three movements from John Luther Adams’ monumental Strange and Sacred Noise for percussion quartet. This expansive and elemental work by the recent Pulitzer Prize winner is one of the masterpieces of the percussion repertoire, a profound and mysterious convergence of sonic geography and geometry. Each movement of the work is conceived as its own distinct sound world, evoking the immediacy and presence of a place.
About Williams Percussion Ensemble
Williams Percussion Ensemble presents cutting-edge new and experimental music, and important works of the twentieth-century. 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 collaborates with artists in diverse media in order to explore the connections between different types of sound, form, image, and movement.
About Matthew Gold
Mr. Gold is an instructor of percussion at Williams where he directs the Williams Percussion Ensemble, the I/O New Music Ensemble, and the annual I/O Festival of New Music. He is a percussionist in the Talea Ensemble, where he also serves as director of operations, and a member of the Talujon percussion group. As a soloist and chamber musician he appears frequently on festivals and programs across the U.S. and internationally, presenting concert programs, master classes, and lectures. Mr. Gold serves on the artistic staff of the Wellesley Composers Conference and the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College. He performs regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group and has been a member of the resident ensemble at the Walden School’s Young Musicians Program.