So Percussion

So Percussion

Sō Percussion is an American percussion quartet based in New York City. Originally founded in 1999 by Robert Van Sice students at the Yale University School Of Music, the ensemble pioneered a standard repertoire of contemporary percussion music by John Cage, George Crumb, Iannis Xenakis and others, and gained international recognition for their recordings and performances of new works by Steve Reich, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner, Fred Frith, Dan Trueman, Tristan Perich, Martin Bresnick, Evan Ziporyn, and Arvo Pärt. In addition to numerous commissions, So Percussion has been composing and recording original music – Imaginary City, Where (We) Live, and their latest program, A Gun Show, performed as a part of BAM's 2016 Next Wave Festival. The ensemble is known for using unusual and exotic instruments, including glockenspiel, bowed marimba, aluminum pipes and an amplified cactus.

The quartet frequently collaborates with a wide range of artists around the world, such as electronic duo Matmos, Dan Deacon, legendary drummer Bobby Previte, Medeski Martin & Wood, Wilco's Glenn Kotche, Bryce Dessner (composer and leader of The National), Buke And Gass, Dave Douglas, Kneebody, Dirty Projectors, Project Jenny, Project Jan, Kid Millions/Man Forever, Eli Keszler, choreographer Shen Wei, and Princeton Laptop Orchestra.

Recent highlights include a featured performance at Carnegie Hall with Glenn Kotche and Shara Nova, a collaboration with Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish, performances of David Lang's percussion concerto with Gustavo Dudamel conducting Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bryce Dessner's Music for Wood and Strings at Barbican in London and Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival.

The members of So Percussion are Edward T. Cone performers-in-residence at Princeton University. They founded an annual So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI) on Princeton's campus in 2009. The program features teaching and performing with the members of So Percussion and Princeton faculty and student composers. In 2010, four percussionists became co-directors of a new percussion department at Longy School of Music of Bard College. First students had enrolled into a 5-year double-degree undergraduate program in Aug 2011. Among guest faculty for the program are Jan Williams, Garry Kvistad, Gregory Zuber, Daniel Druckman, and Jonathan Haas.

The band's name was suggested by film director and English-Japanese translator Jenise Treuting, Jason's sister. Word comes from 奏, the second character in the compound Japanese word 演奏 (ensou) – to perform music. By itself, so means 'to play an instrument.' But it can also mean 'to be successful,' 'to determine a direction and move forward,' and 'to present to the gods or ruler.'

Eric Cha-Beach – since 2007
Josh Quillen – since 2006
Adam Sliwinski – since 2002
Jason Treuting – since 1999

Past members
Tim Feeney
Todd Meehan
Doug Perkins
Lawson White

So Percussion Discography


CA21022 So Percussion - Evan Ziporyn, David Lang So Percussion - Evan Ziporyn, David Lang - Melody Competition / The So-Called Laws Of Nature(CD, Album) Cantaloupe Music CA21022 US 2004 Sell This Version
CA21026 So Percussion - Steve Reich So Percussion - Steve Reich - Drumming(CD, Album) Cantaloupe Music CA21026 US 2005 Sell This Version
CA21039 So Percussion Amid The Noise(CD, Album + DVD-V) Cantaloupe Music CA21039 US 2006 Sell This Version
So Percussion & Matmos So Percussion & Matmos - Treasure State (Album) Cantaloupe Music US 2010 Sell This Version
CA21064 Sō Percussion* - Paul Lansky Sō Percussion* - Paul Lansky - Threads(CD, Album) Cantaloupe Music CA21064 US 2010 Sell This Version
none So Percussion Amid The Noise Remixes(12xFile, FLAC, Album) Not On Label none US 2011
GPS VOL 3 Dave Douglas, So Percussion Dave Douglas, So Percussion - GPS Vol 3: Bad Mango(CD, Album, Car) Greenleaf Music GPS VOL 3 US 2011 Sell This Version
CA21076 Sō Percussion*, Steve Mackey* Sō Percussion*, Steve Mackey* - It Is Time(CD + DVD) Cantaloupe Music CA21076 US 2011 Sell This Version
CA21087 Sō Percussion*Grey McMurray Sō Percussion*Grey McMurray - Where (We) Live(CD) Cantaloupe Music CA21087 US 2012 Sell This Version
CA21093 Sō Percussion*, Dan Trueman Sō Percussion*, Dan Trueman - neither Anvil nor Pulley(5xFile, FLAC, Album) Cantaloupe Music CA21093 US 2013
THRILL 364 Man Forever With Sō Percussion* Man Forever With Sō Percussion* - Ryonen(LP) Thrill Jockey THRILL 364 US 2014 Sell This Version
none So Percussion Cage @ 100: Bootleg Series - June 2, 2014, 12:18pm(LP, #35) Cantaloupe Music none 2014 Sell This Version
Bryce Dessner, So Percussion Bryce Dessner, So Percussion - Music for Wood and Strings (Album) Brassland 2015 Sell This Version
XAS 102 PRISM Quartet With Sō Percussion*, Partch PRISM Quartet With Sō Percussion*, Partch - Color Theory(CD, Album) XAS Records XAS 102 US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Bryce Dessner, So Percussion Bryce Dessner, So Percussion - Music For Wood And Strings: Section 8(File, MP3, Single, 320) Brassland none 2015
none Bryce Dessner, So Percussion, Justin Vernon & S. Carey (2) Bryce Dessner, So Percussion, Justin Vernon & S. Carey (2) - Music For Wood And Strings (Translucent Remake)(File, AAC, Single, 256) Brassland none 2016


none So Percussion Tiny Desk Concert(File, MP3, 128) National Public Radio none 2012