Village Music Walk, June 21. 10th Anniversary Festival, September 20-22.
Hailed by the New York Times as "...finely polished...a fresh source of energy," and by Time Out New York as "forward thinking," Mantra Percussion is committed to substantially expanding the future of percussion repertoire. By commissioning and performing new, significant works for large percussion ensemble by both prominent and emerging composers, Mantra Percussion is committed to breathing new life into the art and engaging in cross-discipline collaborations to produce evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision.
Formed in 2007, Mantra Percussion has been featured at festivals, venues,and universities throughout North America including the Bowling Green New Music Festival, MIT with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, X Avant Festival, New Music New College, Moving Sounds Festival, Ear Heart Music, Hi Fi Music Festival, and Make Music New York.
Mantra's 2010 collaboration with the Dither Guitar Quartet yielded 3 new works for combined electric guitar quartet and percussion quartet with music written by Philip Schuessler, Daniel Wohl, and Eric Km Clark. Recently, Mantra Percussion commissioned Michael Gordon's evening-length percussion sextet Timber, along with Slagwerkgroep Den Haag and the Dutch Dance company Club Guy and Roni (with support from the Queens Council on the Arts and the Nief-Norf Project). Mantra gave the work's United States premiere in October 2011 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and has subsequently toured the work throughout North America. Mantra gives the New York City premiere of Timber at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in December 2012. Mantra has recorded Aaron Siegel's glockenspiel octet (with organ), Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend on Lockstep Records (one of Time Out New York's Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011), as well as Michael Fiday'sHands On on Innova Records that the UK's Grammaphone magazine praised as "a disc to treasure..."
Here's a preview of their work with composer Michael Gordon for his piece Timber, which will be performed at this year's Festival. Be sure to check out their website for more info here.