Since 2009, the GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (LAPQ) has established itself as a one of the leading ensembles of its kind, dedicated to commissioning, presenting, and recording new works for percussion quartet. Members Matt Cook, Justin DeHart, Cory Hills, and Nick Terry formed the group to embrace West Coast musical traditions of artistic independence and cultural inclusion. In doing so, LAPQ has forged meaningful connections with contemporary audiences while broadening its mission through educational initiatives.
LAPQ has earned widespread recognition for its dynamic and captivating recordings on Sono Luminus Records. The group’s seminal album Rūpa-Khandha, recorded in 2012 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin, CA, pioneered a new level of sonic achievement as the first 7.1 surround-sound high-fidelity recording of percussion chamber music. It won multiple nominations in the 55th GRAMMY Awards, including the coveted category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. In 2014, LAPQ released its second surround-sound album on Sono Luminus, entitled The Year Before Yesterday. Spotlighting music by three generations of Los Angeles composers, the album was hailed by The New York Times as “mesmerizing,” with “colorful, atmospheric and…supremely melodic music.” June 2017 brings LAPQ’s third surround-sound album, Beyond, recorded at Sono Luminus’s studio in Boyce, Virginia. The two-disc set captures LAPQ’s riveting performances of works by composers from Reykjavík, New York, and Los Angeles, all with ties to the ensemble’s home base.
LAPQ performs widely throughout the West Coast, appearing on Monday Evening Concerts and the Piano Spheres series, guesting as concerto soloists, and collaborating with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, Long Beach Opera, and other notable groups. In June 2017, LAPQ makes its East Cast debut at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
The quartet is committed to sharing its deep knowledge of percussion music with young composers and performers through commissioning projects, master classes, workshops, and direct creative collaborations. Los Angeles Percussion Quartet’s members are proud Yamaha Performing Artists and endorsers of Innovative Percussion, REMO, Black Swamp Percussion, and Sabian Cymbals.