Mantra Percussion

Formed in 2009, our flagship sextet performs internationally, having commissioned and premiered more than 50 new works for percussion ensemble over the past decade. The group focuses on collaborations with artists from diverse backgrounds and redefines the landscape of percussion concerts by challenging the standard concert format through evening-length events that look toward a grander artistic vision.

The ensemble has been featured at major festivals and arts venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Sacrum Profanum Festival (Poland), Now Music Festival (South Korea), the GAIDA festival (Lithuania), National Public Radio, Duke Performances, the Drogheda Festival (Ireland), the Ecstatic Music Festival and the Ecstatic Summer Festival, among many others. Over the past decade Mantra Percussion has commissioned and/or premiered over 50 new works for percussion ensemble.

Hailed as “...a fresh source of energy" and "forward thinking”, they were praised by The New Yorker and TimeOut New York for presenting one of the ten best classical performances for the 2012 New York premiere of Michael Gordon’s Timber.

Mantra Percussion has recorded Aaron Siegel's Science Is Only A Sometimes Friend (Lockstep Records), one of Time Out New York's Ten Best Classical Albums of 2011, as well as Siegel’s A Great Many (New Amsterdam Records), Paula Matthusen’s The Days are Nouns (Innova Records), Mathew Rosenblum’s Last Round (New Focus Recordings), Matthew Welch’s And Here We Are (Kotekan Records), Daniel Wohl’s Holographic (New Amsterdam Records), Michael Fiday's Hands On! (Innova Records), and in 2016 they released the double-CD, Timber Remixed/Timber Live (Cantaloupe Music) with 12 remixes of Michael Gordon's Timber by leading electronica artists including Squarepusher, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Tim Hecker, Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Hauschka and others.

Recap

A professional percussion quartet of BIPOC women, all alumni of Mantra Youth Percussion. Arlene Acevedo, Alexis Carter, Tiahna Sterling, and Aline Vasquez joined MYP while students at Rahway High School. Recap reevaluates the white male-dominated world of percussion — Arlene Acevedo explains: “We want to show the world that anyone can do this. We’re young women of color doing this... and you can too!”

Recap releases their debut album, Count to Five, on Innova Recordings in September 2021 with music by Angelica Negron, Allison Loggins-Hull, Ellen Reid, Lesley Flanigan, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Caroline Shaw. Recap is the headlining artists for the 2021 New Music Gathering in Minneapolis, the New Jersey Music Educators State Conference, and Mantra Percussion Inc.’s own Necessary Noise Festival.

In 2022, Recap will collaborate with indigenous artists from Alaska to present a new hybrid-work that is part performance/part documentary with support from Found Sound Nation, the Wildshore Festival for New Music, and the United States National Parks Service.

Recap aims to tour their new repertoire across the globe and to inspire other young musicians who might not have considered following a path into contemporary arts.

Mantra Youth Percussion

Established in 2014, our tuition-free youth ensemble offers underrepresented students unique percussion music education and high-level performance opportunities, giving students the tools to realize their own potential, and fostering artistic excellence and inclusiveness.

MYP focuses exclusively on performing and commissioning music by living composers. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Juilliard, NYU, The New Music Gathering, Princeton Unruly Sounds Festival, the NJ Day of Percussion, the Cell, Roulette, MYCincinnati, Times Square, the Necessary Noise Festival, and on the Make Music NY Festival which the NY Times praised for their "ear-opening" performance.

Over these past seven years, MYP has either commissioned or premiered new works by more than 25 living composers.

Necessary Noise Festival

An annual 3-day music festival of workshops, competitions, showcase concerts, and clinics. It is the largest percussion festival on the east coast.

NNF provides an outlet for scholastic, collegiate, and professional musicians to share a wide spectrum of styles, while promoting the art of percussion to the greater community. Past participating schools include Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, Stony Brook University, Queens College Gamelan Ensemble, Bard College, William Paterson University, Rowan University, Montclair State University Laptop Orchestra, Rutgers World Music Ensemble, Suny Purchase, Kean, Special Music School, and area high school and middle school programs.