Percussion Ensemble

Williams Percussion Ensemble

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The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Percussion Ensemble in a concert titled “Sextet” on Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

“Sextet” features two recent works for percussion trio, and Steve Reich’s masterpiece Sextet for percussion and keyboards. Brazilian born composer Alexandre Lunsqui’s “SHI” is a rhythmic thrill ride performed with chopsticks and metal rods on instruments found in the kitchen and the recycling bin. Young Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s “aura”, subtitled “Three sides of the same being”, is a quiet and haunting work featuring delicate scrapes and shimmers. The work is performed in the dark with lights attached to the musicians, bringing focus to their intricate choreography. The second half of the program is given over to Steve Reich’s landmark “Sextet” from 1984, a seminal work by one of America’s most influential and vital composers.

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.