Exclusive Performance on December 15 by the Acclaimed Percussion Quartet with
Special Guests Steven Mackey and Bobby Previte, Followed By
After-Party in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Terrace Room and Weill Music Room
|On Thursday, December 15 at 8:30 p.m., the Carnegie Hall Notables—a membership and ticket program for music enthusiasts in their 20s and 30s—presents Sō Percussion in an exclusive concert in Zankel Hall for Notables members featuring the acclaimed percussion quartet alongside special guests Steven Mackey on electric guitar and drummer Bobby Previte. The new music program features Andrea Mazzariello’s Babybot, Bobby Previte’s Terminal 4 with the composer on drums, Caroline Shaw’s Taxidermy, and Steven Mackey’s Blue Notes and Other Clashes with the composer on electric guitar.
Following the concert, the Notables Steering Committees from the USA and recently formed Carnegie Hall Notables Japan programs co-host a post-concert cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception for all guests in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Terrace Room and Weill Music Room in the Resnick Education Wing featuring Ikebana artist Yuki Tsuji (Shakuji Noh) with Robin Sato, and Brad Standley with Nicole Zuraitis.
For the December 15 performance and post-concert reception, Notables members at the Supporter level (annual contribution of $500 and higher) receive complimentary admission for two. Event leadership opportunities at the Explorer level (annual contribution of $5,000 and above) are also available as well. For more information, please contact the Notables office at 212-903-9734, [email protected], or visit carnegiehall.org/notables.
The Carnegie Hall Notables support the music education and community programs created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Previous Notables events have featured such artists as Alec Baldwin, Renée Fleming, Ana Gasteyer, Henry Rollins, and Duncan Sheik. The annual lineup of events is curated by the Notables Steering Committee, a diverse group of budding artists, socialites, and entrepreneurs.
In addition to Notables activities in New York, in November 2015 Carnegie Hall officially launched its first-ever overseas membership and philanthropic group— Carnegie Hall Notables Japan. As a counterpart to Notables USA, Notables Japan is designed for young music lovers in Japan, and supports the global educational programs of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Members gather in Japan and the United States to celebrate music at its finest through exceptional concerts, curated events such as this, and more. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/Support/NotablesJapan/en/.
About the Artists
The quartet’s repertoire ranges from classics of the twentieth century by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis; to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as David Lang, Steven Mackey, and Paul Lansky; to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including electronic duo Matmos, the groundbreaking Dan Deacon, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, choreographer Shen Wei, Bryce Dessner, and many others.
Sō Percussion also composes and performs its own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs, including Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and its newest endeavor, A Gun Show, which will be performed throughout the current season, most notably in a multi-performance presentation as part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival.
Recent and upcoming Sō Percussion highlights include an acclaimed Trilogy portrait at the 2016 Lincoln Center Festival; performances at Carnegie Hall with Shara Nova and Glenn Kotche; collaborations with Bryce Dessner at the Eaux Claires and Bonnaroo festivals; a return to the Barbican in London for Sound Unbound; and much more.
Steven Mackey is regarded as a leading composer of his generation, having composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, dance, and opera. He has received numerous awards including a Grammy in 2012. His first musical passion was playing the electric guitar in rock bands based in northern California. He blazed a trail in the 1980s and ‘90s by including the electric guitar and vernacular music influence in his concert music; he regularly performs his own work, including two electric guitar concertos and numerous solo and chamber works. He is also active as an improvising musician and performs with his band, Big Farm.
Bobby Previte’s first stage appearance came in 1956 at the Niagara Falls Talent Show, where, guitar in hand and adorned in an over-sized suit, he belted out a solo rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog.” Eight years later, thinking drumming might be a good way to get girls, he fashioned a bass drum from a rusted garbage can, a kick pedal from a wire coat hanger wedged between two pieces of linoleum and a rubber ball stuck on top, tom toms from upside-down trash bins, cymbals from aluminum pie plates suspended on plungers, and a box of loose junk for a snare—then practiced for a year in his dark basement with a lone spotlight shining on him before eventually starting a band, the Devil’s Disciples. But when they finally got a job at the church he was fired for not having ‘real’ drums. Seeking revenge, he took a job as a paperboy, saved every penny, and a year later bought the drum kit he still uses today in concerts all over the world.
ANDREA MAZZARIELLO Babybot
A Notables-Exclusive Event
Sō Percussion is generously underwritten by Linda and Stuart Nelson.
Additional support is provided by Michael Bretholz, Alexander Goldberg, Lee Hallman, Adriana Herrera, Matthew Holtzman, Grace Kim, Jinsoo Ro, Géraldine and Stephen Rutenberg, and Pia and Jimmy Zankel.
Beer has been generously provided by Brooklyn Brewery.
Cocktails generously provided by William Grant and Sons, Inc.
Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
Image at top of release by © Chris Lee