For 20 years and counting, Sō Percussion has redefined chamber music for the 21st century through an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (New Yorker). They are celebrated by audiences and presenters for a dazzling range of work: for live performances in which “telepathic powers of communication” (New York Times) bring to life the vibrant percussion repertoire; for an extravagant array of collaborations in classical music, pop, indie rock, contemporary dance, and theater; and for their work in education and community, creating opportunities and platforms for music and artists that explore the immense possibility of art in our time.
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Man made

Released: September 15, 2023
Label: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Composer: David Lang

Forbidden Love

Released: August 19, 2022
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Julia Wolfe

Let the Soil Play its Simple Part

Released: June 25, 2021
Label: Nonesuch Records
Artists: Caroline Shaw, So Percussion

A Record Of ...

Released: January 29, 2021
Label: Brassland
Artists: Buke & Gase, So Percussion

Narrow Sea

Released: January 22, 2021
Label: Nonesuch Records
Composer: Caroline Shaw

Songs that are Hard to Sing

Released: November 15, 2019
Label: New Amsterdam Records
Composer: Dan Trueman

Drumming LIVE

Released: January 27, 2017
Label: Dog w/a Bone
Composer: Steve Reich

Color Theory

Released: April 14, 2017
Label: XAS Records
Composers: Steven Mackey, Ken Ueno, Stratis Minakakis

Drumkit Quartets

Released: February 26, 2016
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Glenn Kotche

Music for Wood and Strings

Released: May 19. 2015
Label: Brassland
Composer: Bryce Dessner

Terminals

Released: October 28. 2014
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Bobby Previte

neither ANVIL nor PULLEY

Released: May 28. 2013
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Dan Trueman

Cage 100: Bootleg Series

Released: March 27. 2012
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composers: John Cage, Cenk Ergun, Martin Schmidt, Jason Treuting

WTC 9/11

Released: September 11. 2011
Label: Nonesuch
Composer: Steve Reich

Threads

Released: January 25. 2011
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Paul Lansky

Treasure State

Released: June 8. 2010
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Artists: Matmos, So Percussion

Amid The Noise

Released: October 10. 2006
Label: Cantaloupe Music
Composer: Jason Treuting

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Sō Percussion with Caroline Shaw

Sō continues its collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw with a new collection of songs. These new songs will be featured alongside music from 2020’s Grammy Award-winning song cycle Narrow Sea, and the co-composed album of songs Let the Soil Play its Simple Part.

American Flow

Sō Percussion has long championed the work of American composers, and this program expands that category to include a wider range of voices and dynamic performers. Concurrent with innovations in experimental music, genres such as disco, jazz, hip-hop, tap dance, and rock n’ roll exploded in popularity and inevitably influenced concert music. These programs embrace the influence of these American art forms on composers.

Music On and Off the Page

In this program, pieces built from deep knowledge of rhythms from West Africa, Trinidad, India, and North America coalesce in new works for Sō Percussion. Some of these works exist in a score, others were conceived and transmitted through oral instruction, and still others were co-composed in the style of a band.

When Performers Compose

Most of the composers Sõ Percussion works with are also extraordinary performers, and Sõ composes music, blurring the lines between these traditionally discrete roles. The composers in these programs have appeared frequently onstage with Sō Percussion, and have all been members of notable bands themselves (Balun, Eighth Blackbird, The National).

A John Cage Celebration

Sō's 2012 celebration of John Cage’s explosive legacy blew the roof off of Carnegie’s Zankel Hall! More than 10 years later, Sō has updated the program, which features both Cage’s work and that of current collaborators, to reflect both today’s interests and Cage’s timeless provocations. Favorite works such as the ultra-virtuosic, genre-defining Third Construction mix with ethereal chance-based pieces to express the range of Cage’s ideas.

Comprehensive Repertoire List

Steve Reich
David Lang
Jason Treuting
Julia Wolfe
Kendall K. Williams
John Cage
Pauline Oliveros
Caroline Shaw
Steve Mackey