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The Percussion Quartet, "So Percussion" Presents Three Sets at Big Ears 2022

Shervin Lainez

Melony Dodson talks with Jason Treuting and Adam Sliwinski of So Percussion

So Percussion is a Brooklyn-based percussion quartet formed in 1999 that works to create, commission, and perform new compositions. They have recorded more than twenty albums and have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Hall, and the Barbican to name just a few. They have collaborated with composers such as Caroline Shaw, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Nathalie Joachim, and Angelica Negron, as well as with Shara Nova, The Nationalist, and Bryce Dessner.

The So in So Percussion comes from the second character in the Japanese word ensou, which means "to perform music." The four members of So Percussion are: founding member and drum set specialist, Jason Treuting, Adam Sliwinski (who is particularly interested in keyboard instruments), Josh Quillen (an expert Steel Drum artist), and Eric Cha-Beach (who loves to learn and play a variety of new percussion instruments). The ensemble is rooted in the belief that music is an elemental form of human communication and connection. Through their organization, they seek to create a wide range of social and community outreach initiatives.

So will present three sets at Big Ears 2022, collaborating with many different artists, including, but not limited to, Caroline Shaw, Nathalie Joachim, Angelica Negron, Julia Wolfe, the Kronos Quartet, and percussion students at the University of TN. Big Ears 2022 is officially sold-out, but there are free performances open to the public, taking place at the World's Fair Park Amphitheatre, including So Percussion's festival kick-off performance of Amid the Noise. A schedule and additional information is available at https://bigearsfestival.org/
More information about So Percussion can be found here: https://sopercussion.com/

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.
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