Committed to honoring the past and expanding the future of percussion music, Mantra Percussion brings to life new works for percussion by living composers.
Mantra Percussion engages new audiences by challenging the standard concert format through evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision.
About the bandmenu
Since forming as an ensemble in 2009, Mantra Percussion has been featured throughout NorthAmerica, Europe and Asia, including BAM's Next Wave Festival,the Bang on a Can Marathon, Duke Performances, the Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, National Public Radio, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Drogheda Festivalin Ireland, the Ecstatic Music Festival and the Ecstatic Summer Festival, Mass MoCA, the Right Now Festival in South Korea, Vancouver New Music, Make Music New York, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, Fast Forward Austin, Apple Store at Lincoln Center, the Carlsbad Music Festival, 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, Wesleyan University, the University of Michigan, SMU Meadows School of Music, University of New Orleans, Northern Illinois University, Louisiana Tech, Southeastern Louisiana University, CalArts, Chapman University, SUNY Buffalo, Manhattan School of Music and others.
After co-commissioning Michael Gordon'sevening-length percussion sextet Timber, they gave the work'sUnited States premiere in October 2011 and subsequently touredthe work internationally. Mantra Percussion also gave the New York premiere of Timber at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in December 2012.
Over the past eight years Mantra Percussion has commissioned and/or premiered over 40 new works for percussion ensemble.
Mantra Percussion has been hailed by The New York Times as "finely polished...a fresh source of energy" and by TimeOut New York as "forward thinking"; the group was praised by The New Yorker and TimeOut New Yorkfor presenting one of the ten best classical performances of 2012. They recorded one of Time Out New York's Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011 -- Aaron Siegel's Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend on Lockstep Records, Michael Fiday's Hands On! on Innova Records, and in 2016 they released a double-CD album, Timber Remixed/Timber Live, on Cantaloupe Music with 12 remixes of Michael Gordon's Timber by some of the leading electronica artists today including Squarepusher, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Tim Hecker, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Hauschka and more.
Squarepusher: Timber Remixed
Hauschka: Timber Remixed
Greg Saunier: Timber Remixed
Mantra at Lowe's Hardware - NPR Field Recordings
Aaron Siegel: Brother Brother
Highlights from the 2018 GAIDA Festival
Iannis Xenakis's Okho (arr. for drum sets) - Live at the 2018 GAIDA Festival
Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood (arr. David Cossin) - Live at the 2018 GAIDA Festival
Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride - Live at the 2018 GAIDA Festival
Tristan Perich's Observations - Live at the 2018 GAIDA Festival
Sam Pluta's Four Sixes - Live at the 2018 GAIDA Festival
Paula Matthusen's of an implacable substraction - Live at the 2015 Avant Media Festival
Paula Matthusen's so much of any given year is flammable (excerpt)
Mathew Rosenblum's Ostatnia Runda (with the FLUX Quartet) - Live at the 2016 Beyond Microtonal Festival
Michael Gordon's Timber - Live at the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon
Ian Williams and Mantra Percussion - Live at the 2015 Ecstatic Music Festival
David Grubbs and Mantra Percussion - Live at the 2016 Dither Extravaganza
Daniel Wohl's Holographic (Excerpt) - Live at the Baryshnikov Arts Center
Mantra Percussion Live with Z's
Date: May 1
Venue: Irondale Center for the Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Michael Gordon - Timber
TimeOut New York
Top Ten Classical Performances
The New Yorker
The Most Memorable Classical Performances
The New York Times
Timber at BOAC Marathon
"seductive and accessible... with steroidal energy"
A Modern Witches' Sabbath
"Violent, aggressive, and filled with color..."
Jason Victor Serinus
Timber Remixed Review
"It carries some familiar drawbacks, but also some ingenious stretches."
Seth Colter Walls