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Apr 6, 2020 7:30 pm

WATCH! MSM Percussion: Live from Anywhere

This concert was recorded on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM

MSM Percussion Ensemble: Live from Anywhere

A unique 30-minute live performance featuring 15 percussion students from Manhattan School of Music.

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365体育备用网址ABOUT THE CONCERT:

365体育备用网址The musicians played together on the Zoom videoconferencing platform from different locations in a concert of new music inspired by the challenges of live video connections and our current global situation.

Compositions include John Cage’s Six (1991) and works by MSM Percussion Ensemble Co-Directors Mike Perdue and Jude Traxler.

The performers used classical percussion instruments, along with found objects and household items such as radiator pipes, ladders, bicycles, electric toothbrushes, dinnerware, flashlights, and other items from the shelf.

PROGRAM

JUDE TRAXLER An Homage to Sleep (2006)
JOHN CAGE Six (1991)
MIKE PERDUE Home from Working (2020)

Co-Directors: Mike Perdue & Jude Traxler

“Our business in living is to become fluent with the life we are living, and art can help this.”

PROGRAM NOTES:

365体育备用网址“Percussionists are no strangers to the practice of building instruments and repurposing found objects to make experimental music. This kind of ingenuity is in our DNA. The earliest percussion ensemble pieces by Varèse, John Cage, and Henry Cowell captured the sound of urban globalization on scrap metal, rice bowls, and invented instruments. In this concert, we continue this practice both out of necessity and tradition.” — Mike Perdue

“This concert puts our resourceful, resilient students to the test by having them create a program that exists on and for the laptop. We’re embracing the experience of what this medium is, with its dropouts, technical issues, and digital artifacts – including the fact that we can’t exactly play together regardless of our best WiFi connection. Every individual listener will have a unique sonic experience because of these uncertainties. We’re leaning into this landscape, hacking it so it works for any audience.” — Jude Traxler