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Percussionist, Composer Glenn Kotche to Perform with SU Percussion Ensemble
Percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche, a member of the groundbreaking American rock band Wilco, will perform a free concert on Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in the Rose and Jules R. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College.
The program will feature solo, chamber and percussion pieces by Kotche, along with the Syracuse University Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Michael Bull and Bradley Ethington, faculty members in the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in SU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Selections will include Kotche’s “Monkey Chant,” “Clapping Music Variations,” “Individual Trains,” “Projections of (What) Might” and “Fantasy on a Shona Theme.”
Free and accessible parking for the concert is available in the Q1 lot. Additional parking is available in the Irving Garage. Campus parking availability is subject to change; call 315-443-2191 for current information.
Chicago-based Kotche has been heralded as one of the most exciting, creative and promising composers and performers in modern music. His eclectic works have focused on the creative use of rhythm and space, navigating the territory between the academic and the primal, the consonant and the dissonant. Kotche’s various stints with groups and ensembles have resulted in participation in more than 90 albums to date, including three recorded solo works, the most recent of which, “Mobile” (Nonesuch Records, 2006), was released to critical acclaim from such publications as the Guardian and the New York Times.
Kotche has received international attention for his “unfailing taste, technique and discipline” (Chicago Tribune), and has been commissioned to write pieces for such world-renowned ensembles as Kronos Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars and So Percussion.
In addition to his work as a composer and solo percussionist, Kotche is a member of Wilco, with whom he has played since 2001. “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” the first album the band recorded after Kotche joined the group, was met with critical and mass acclaim. Rolling Stone magazine recently called it the third best album of the decade. Kotche also plays on the Grammy Award-winning “A Ghost is Born” and the Grammy-nominated “Sky Blue Sky,” “Wilco (The Album)” and “The Whole Love.”
Regarded as one of the world’s best live bands, Wilco has performed at virtually every major jazz, rock and folk festival in North America, Europe, Brazil, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and has headlined shows everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Tanglewood to Millennium Park to Massey Hall. In 2010, Kotche and his Wilco bandmates started their own music festival, Solid Sound, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Kotche contributed a permanent sound installation to the museum’s collection.
For more information about the concert, contact Joshua Dekaney of the Setnor School at 315-380-9082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.