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2019 Sandbox Percussion

sandbox percussion portrait
Photo credit: Kjell van Sice

Nolan Park

1:00PM & 3:00PM

Jul 7, 2019



Haiku 2 – Andy Akiho
Interdependence – Brendon Randall-Myers, World Premiere
Dark Full Ride – Julia Wolfe
Bell Patterns – Victor Caccese
Postlude 6 – Elliot Cole
Sonata – Jonny Allen
Drumming Part 1 – Steve Reich

About Sandbox Percussion

Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jawdropping 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, Jonny Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.

Last season Sandbox Percussion presented 36 performances throughout the U.S., and made their international debut at the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente, France. Their U.S. tour included a special performance of Viet Cuong’s concerto, Re(new)al with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Sandbox also presented the first ever percussion concert at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. which featured works by Andy Akiho, David Crowell, Thomas Kotcheff, Victor Caccese, Steve Reich, and J.S. Bach. In November of 2017, Sandbox performed György Ligeti’s Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel on the opening evening concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.

Sandbox has also participated in various masterclasses, coaching students at renowned conservatories on pivotal works in the percussion repertoire. These experiences have inspired the quartet to pursue a role of pedagogy and mentorship for today’s young generation of musicians.

Jonny Allen and Victor Caccese have collectively composed six pieces for the quartet. Last season their bell patterns were featured on 16 separate programs throughout the U.S. Sandbox has also worked closely with composer David Crowell on a marimba arrangement of his saxophone sextet, Point Reyes, of which they gave the world premiere in November 2014.

This season Sandbox premiered a full orchestra version of Viet Cuong’s Re(new)al with the Albany Symphony on their opening gala concert. Sandbox also made their U.K. debut in May 2019 at the Vale of Glamorgan festival giving the world premiere of a piece by Benjamin Wallace for percussion quartet and fairground organ. The Guardian U.K. called their performance “…virtuosic and utterly mesmerizing.”

By the end of the summer season Sandbox will have performed four separate programs of music by John Luther Adams at Caramoor, Storm King Art Center, Tippet Rise Art Center, and String Theory concert series in Chattanooga, TN. Other highlights have included a performance of Steve Reich’s Music for Eighteen Musicians at Emerald City Music in Seattle, WA, and a performance of music by John Cage at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.

Sandbox Percussion endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumheads.

Note: In the event of poor weather conditions, all concerts will be scheduled for the following day, Sunday at 1 and 3PM.

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