Percussion Ensemble

Williams Percussion Ensemble
"Islands"

Directed by Matthew Gold

The Williams Percussion Ensemble will perform on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Percussion Ensemble, directed by Matthew Gold, presents a concert of works that reside outside the musical mainstream, each an island expressing a unique musical culture and vision. The program includes Claude Vivier’s Balinese influenced Pulau Dewata, John Luther Adams’s monumental Three Drum Quartets from Earth and the Great Weather, and Yvonne Troxler’s Shergotty. Expanding the field of percussion, the ensemble will perform Morton Feldman’s the viola in my life 2, and Lois V Vierk’s To Stare Astonished at the Sea for amplified string piano. Each of the works on this program reveals a fascinating musical eco-system governed by its own set of rules, a specific sonic geography, and a new world of sounds and rhythms.

Employing a nearly limitless battery of percussion instruments, the Williams Percussion Ensemble explores cutting edge new music, masterworks of the second half of the twentieth century, experimental music, and music from around the globe. Performances feature the use of all manner of percussion instruments as well as homemade objects, found sounds, and electronics. In addition to music for percussion alone, the group presents works for mixed ensembles and new and experimental music for other instruments, and has often worked directly with composers. The ensemble also collaborates with artists in other media, especially visual, in order to explore the connections between different types of sound, form, image, and movement.