Kent State School of Music presents Mantra Percussion Feb. 17 | Kent State University
Mantra Percussion

Kent State School of Music presents Mantra Percussion Feb. 17

Presented by New Music at Kent State as part of the Vanguard Guest Artist Series, Mantra Percussion will perform on Sat., Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Known for performing evening-length works, Mantra will feature “Timber” by Michael Gordon and “A Great Many” by Aaron Siegel. This concert is free and open to the public with a pre-concert presentation from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ludwig Recital Hall is in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. Free parking available.

Hailed by The New York Times as "finely polished...a fresh source of energy" and by TimeOut New York as "forward thinking,” Mantra Percussion brings to life new works for percussion by living composers, collaborates with artists from diverse genres and styles, and questions what it means to communicate music with percussion instruments. Mantra Percussion engages new audiences by challenging the standard concert format through evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision.

Since forming as an ensemble in 2009, Mantra Percussion has been featured throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including BAM's Next Wave Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Duke Performances, the Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, National Public Radio, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and many more. Since their inception, Mantra has commissioned and premiered over 40 new works for percussion ensemble.

Mantra was praised by The New Yorker and TimeOut New York for presenting one of the ten best classical performances of the year in 2012. They recorded one of TimeOut New York's Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011, Aaron Siegel's “Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend” on Lockstep Records. In 2016 they released a double-CD album, “Timber Remixed/Timber Live,” on Cantaloupe Music with 12 remixes of Michael Gordon's “Timber” by some of the leading electronica artists today including Squarepusher, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Tim Hecker, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Hauschka and more.

Over the past 30 years, Michael Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large scale pieces for high energy ensembles and major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio and kaleidoscopic works for groups of identical instruments. Aaron Siegel’s inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds in our world. He is a composer of music for the concert stage, the theater, video, and public art. His large body of work for mallet percussion instruments has been embraced by a wide range of ensembles and is performed on a regular basis throughout the United States.

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