A solo percussion concert of works written for Andy Meyerson, The Living Earth Show’s percussionist and Artistic Director, meditating on ritual and resonance. Some composers, like Sarah and Amadeus, used ritual and resonance in the service of exploring queerness and the inherent violence therein. Others, like Sam, Adrian, and Chris, use them to explore the sonic potential of the interplay between electronic and acoustic resonating bodies. Together the program is designed to paint a vibrant and affecting picture of percussion music today.
Adrian Knight: Humble Servant (2013)
Sarah Hennies: Kisses (2017)
Samuel Adams: title tbd (2018)
Amadeus Regucera: imu/ilu (2018)
Christopher Cerrone: A Natural History of Vacant Lots (2018*)
All works on the program were commissioned by Andy Meyerson. A Natural of History of Vacant Lots is the arrangement for solo percussionist of a quartet of the same name written for Third Coast Percussion in 2017. The quartet version was co-commissioned by Miller Theatre at Columbia University and Third Coast Percussion’s New Works Fund.
Winner of a 2015 Rome Prize and a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, the Brooklyn-based composer Christopher Cerrone (A Natural History of Vacant Lots) is internationally acclaimed for compositions which from chamber music to electronic. Throughout, his music is characterized by a subtle handling of timbre and resonance, a deep literary fluency, and a flair for multimedia collaborations.
The work of Sarah Hennies (Kisses) utilizes an often grueling, endurance-based performance practice in a subversive examination of psychoacoustics, queerness, trans and gender identity, and performance art. Based in Ithaca, New York, Hennies is currently a member of improvised music group Meridian with Greg Stuart and Tim Feeney, a duo with sound/performance artist Jason Zeh, and the Queer Percussion Research Group with Jerry Pergolesi, Bill Solomon, and Jennifer Torrence. In late 2017 she premiered the groundbreaking work, Contralto at Issue Project Room (NYC), a film featuring a cast of transgender women with a live score for string quartet and three percussionists.
Samuel Adams: (Percussion Music for Robert and Andy, b. 1985 in San Francisco) is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Adams has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, pianist Emanuel Ax and the St Lawrence String Quartet. In 2015 Adams was named a Mead composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). During his tenure with the CSO, Adams has created new works for the orchestra and co-curate the CSO’s critically acclaimed MusicNOW series. A committed educator, Adams frequently engages in projects with young musicians. Adams grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he studied composition and electroacoustic music at Stanford University while also active as a contrabassist in San Francisco. Adams received a master’s degree in composition from the Yale School of Music.
The work of Amadeus Julian Regucera: (greener than grass I am and dead—or almost I seem to me, b.1984) engages with the embodied and acoustical energy of sound and the erotics of its production. He has had the opportunity to present works around the world: notably, at the ManiFeste, the Festival Musica, Voix Nouvelles (France), the Resonant Bodies Festival and the SONiC Festival (New York), the Havana Festival of Contemporary Music as part of the American Composers Forum artist delegation to Cuba, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, the Hong Kong Modern Academy, the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, the Impuls Academy (Austria), June in Buffalo, and the Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts. His music has been performed by ensembles such as Ensemble Linea, Alarm Will Sound, JACK string quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Ensemble Pamplemousse, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Eco Ensemble, Duo Cortona, Third Sound, and the University of California, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. In addition to concert music, his practice intersects with visual and performance art, most notably in the piece Communication (2013), which was featured at the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten in Graz, Austria as part of the group show Seelenwäsche and a collaboration for performer, Schlachtfeld with choreographer Elysa Wendi (2015). Upcoming projects include a new piece to be performed by the composer alongside flutist Stacey Pelinka and a new work for the reed quintet Splinter Reeds. Amadeus holds degrees in Music from the University of California, San Diego (B.A. 2006) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 2016).
Adrian Knight: (Humble Servant, b. 1987, Uppsala, Sweden) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and an active member of several groups, including Blue Jazz TV, Private Elevators, and Synthetic Love Dream. His works are published by Project Schott New York. Commissions and performances include pieces for Post:Ballet, The Living Earth Show, R. Andrew Lee, Minnesota Orchestra, Mobius Trio, Red Light Ensemble, Nonsemble 6, Tigue, Margaret Lancaster and the Yale School of Drama. In 2008 he founded the record label Pink Pamphlet as an outlet for his own and his friends’ recorded work. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.