Mantra Percussion

Friday, February 21st, 2014 - 1:40 am

Mantra Percussion

Hailed by The New York Times as “finely polished…a fresh source of energy” and by TimeOut New York as “forward thinking” Mantra Percussion was recognized by The New Yorker and TimeOut New York for presenting one of the ten best classical performances of 2012.

Committed to expanding the future of percussion music, Mantra Percussion commissions and performs new, significant works for large percussion ensemble by both established and emerging composers. Devoted to engaging new audiences, Mantra Percussion challenges the standard classical concert format by producing evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision.

The group has been featured at festivals, venues, and universities throughout North America including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Carlsbad New Music Festival, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, MIT with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, X Avant Festival, New Music New College, Moving Sounds Festival, Ear Heart Music, Hi Fi Music Festival, and Make Music New York.

Co-commissioners of Michael Gordon’s recent evening-length percussion sextet Timber, Mantra Percussion gave the work’s United States premiere in October 2011 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and subsequently toured the work throughout North America. They also gave the New York premiere of Timber at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in December 2012.

Mantra Percussion recorded one of Time Out New York’s Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011, Aaron Siegel’s glockenspiel octet (with organ), Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend on Lockstep Records, and Michael Fiday’s Hands On! on Innova Records that the UK’s Gramophone magazine praised as “a disc to treasure…”