NYU Sandbox Percussion Showcase
1pm doors • 1:30pm show
Hailed by the Washington Post for their “high-end playfulness” and “jaw-dropping virtuosity”, the NYU Sandbox Percussion Showcase is the culmination of the NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar. Featuring works by Jason Treating and Robert Honstein, the players will conjure eclectic soundscapes from traditional instruments, like marimbas and vibraphones, as well as unorthodox objects like glass bottles, tin cans, and tuned metal pipes. The result is a dazzling showcase of the contemporary percussion ensemble and all that it can do.
Lauded by the Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jaw- dropping virtuosity”, Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.
This past season, Sandbox collaborated with The Industry, an opera company in Los Angeles, for the world premiere of “Galileo”, a 90-minute theatre piece by Andy Akiho. Other highlights included a performance of Viet Cuong’s concerto “Re(new)al” with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles, CA; the first ever percussion quartet concert at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC; and a performance of György Ligeti’s “Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel” with mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.
A founding and current member of the influential quartet, Sō Percussion, composer/percussionist Jason Treuting has appeared in performance throughout the world, from the Barbican to Lincoln Center, to Carnegie Hall, DOM Moscow, Walt Disney Hall, and elsewhere. His compositions, widely noted for their compelling rhythmic language and evocative expressivity, have been performed by artists including Shara Nova, the JACK Quartet, TIGUE, Susan Marshall and Company, and others.
Additionally, Treuting explores and composes music in collaboration with artists including laptop artist/composer Cenk Ergun; guitarist Grey Mcmurray; and guitarist/composer Steve Mackey (their New Amsterdam album, Orpheus Unsung, has received widespread critical acclaim), among others.
Treuting’s original compositions include Amid the Noise, an evolving suite of musical explorations scored for a flexible range of instruments; this work has been performed widely by Sō Percussion, Matmos and other artists, at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Barbican, the Walker Arts Center, National Sawdust, and elsewhere. It has been presented by Fast Forward Austin, Kadence Arts Boston, Chatterbird, and others, and was recorded by Sō Percussion for release on Cantaloupe Records.
Treuting’s other works for Sō include contributions to Imaginary City, Where (we) Live and A Gun Show, works which appeared on the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. Recent commissions for other ensembles have included Oblique Music for 4 plus (blank), a concerto for Sō Percussion and string orchestra for the League of Composers Orchestra; and most recently, Nine Numbers 4, a commission from the Composers Guild of New Jersey and performed in 2018 at Princeton University.
He received his Bachelors in Music and the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where he studied percussion with John Beck and drum set and improvisation with Steve Gadd, Ralph Alessi and Michael Cain. He received his Masters in Music along with an Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied percussion with Robert Van Sice. Jason Treuting studied marimba with Keiko Abe in Japan, and gamelan with Pac I Nyoman Suadin in Bali.
Jason Treuting is co-director of the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, an annual intensive course on the campus of Princeton University for college-aged percussionists. He is also co-director of a new percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and is a lecturer of music at Princeton University, where Sō Percussion is ensemble-in-residence. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife, the violist Beth Meyers, and their two daughters.
Upcoming projects include commissions from the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Third Angle, and Hub New Music. His debut album “RE: You” was released by New Focus Recordings in 2014, and his second album, “Night Scenes from the Ospedale” (a collaboration with the Sebastians), was released on Soundspells Productions in 2015. “Hand Eye”, Sleeping Giant’s evening length collaboration with eighth blackbird, was released on Cedille Records in April 2016.‘ image=’https://nationalsawdust.org/wp-content/uploads/Robert-Honstein-300×240.jpg’ attachment=’28895′ attachment_size=’full’]