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ABOUT THE PIECE:
Thank You (____)
“Thank you ( )” was written for Tom Sherwood and his 2012 Modern Snare Drum Competition. No drumsticks are used to play the piece. Instead, mallets, rattan shafts, brushes, fingers and coins are used along with the performers voice. The piece was written as a thank you letter of sorts to my favorite snare drummer and each performance is a thank you letter of sorts to the performers favorite snare drummer. It is written in 5 pages that are distinct yet connected.
“Thank you Tom Sherwood for asking me to be a part of this project and for supporting the direction I went with the piece.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER:
Jason Treuting has performed and recorded in venues as diverse as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, the Knitting Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, DOM (Moscow) and Le National (Montreal). As a member of So Percussion, he has collaborated with artists and composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, John Zorn, Dan Trueman, tabla master Zakir Hussain, the electronic music duo Matmos and choreographer Eliot Feld. In addition to his work with So, Jason performs improvised music with Simpl, a group with laptop artist/composer Cenk Ergun; Alligator Eats Fish with guitarist Grey McMurray; Little Farm, with guitarist/composer Steve Mackey; QQQ (a quartet consisting of hardinger fiddle, viola, guitar and drums); and Big Farm (a foursome led by Rinde Eckert and Steve Mackey).
Jason also composes music. His many compositions for So Percussion include So’s third albumAmid the Noise, and contributions to Imaginary City, an evening length work that appeared on the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2009 Next Wave Festival. Recent commissions for other ensembles have included Oblique Music for 4 plus (blank), a concerto for So Percussion and string orchestra for the League of Composers Orchestra; Circus of One, music for a video installation in collaboration with Alison Crocetta; and Diorama, an evening length collaboration with the French choreographers in Projet Situ.
Jason is co-director of the So Percussion Summer Institute, an annual intensive course on the campus of Princeton University for college-aged percussionists. He is also co-director of a new percussion program at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where So Percussion is ensemble-in-residence beginning fall of 2011, and has taught percussion both in masterclass and privately at more than 80 conservatories and universities in the USA and internationally.
Jason received his Bachelors in Music and the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music where he studied percussion with John Beck and drum set and improvisation with Steve Gadd, Ralph Alessi and Michael Cain. He received his Masters in Music along with an Artist Diploma from Yale University where he studied percussion with Robert Van Sice. Jason has also traveled to Japan to study marimba with Keiko Abe and to Bali to study gamelan with Pac I Nyoman Suadin.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Jeremy Smith is a freelance percussive artist based in New York City. As a highly versatile performer, he is fluent in a vast variety of musical styles and percussion techniques from around the world. He has performed with groups such as Sō Percussion, GLANK, Ensamble a Contratiempo, Brooklyn Nomads, Ali Bello and the Sweet Wire Band, AXIOM, New Vintage Baroque, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Gallant Entertainment, Inc. and more. He is also a musical accompanist for modern dance classes at renowned institutions such as the Peridance Capezio Center, Paul Taylor School, and Harkness Dance Center. Jeremy’s debut as a composer was in November 2012, premiering his percussion trio “5-7-9″ at The Juilliard School’s electro-acoustic music series “Beyond the Machine.” The work will have its Asia premiere in July 2014 at the International Percussion Festival in Seoul, Korea. Jeremy received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Gordon Gottlieb and Markus Rhoten.
Mika Godbole recently completed her DMA at Rutgers University. Her freelance activities include performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in addition to various other groups in the Philadelphia and New York areas. She has also been involved in summer music programs such as the Aspen Music Festival, So Percussion Summer Institute, the Artosphere Festival, and the China International Summer Music Academy. She has collaborated with conductors and artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit, Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, James DePriest, David Robertson, James Conlon, Jorge Mester, among other deeply committed musicians. Other musical pursuits include involvement in contemporary music with Mobius Percussion, starting a new music collective, and commissioning new works for various ensembles.
As a teacher, she maintains an active studio of thirty students at various levels of ability at the Westminster Conservatory, York College of PA (as Adjunct Faculty), and other private students. Recent activities include collaborations with So Percussion for a performance of Steve Reich’s “Drumming” at (le) Poisson Rouge, a duo recital with organist Rob Ridgell for a webcast performance at the Trinity Wall Street Church in Manhattan, the Rutgers University premiere of Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians”, her solo recital including the world premiere of Jason Treuting’s new percussion quartet “paper melodies (my music box music), Xenakis‘ tour-de-force “Pleaides”, and Gerard Grisey’s “Le Noir de L’etoile”.
Yumi Tamashiro trained as a pianist but was “converted” to percussion, drawn by the allure of teaching high school drumline. And it was her undergraduate 20th century music history class that turned her on to contemporary music. Yumi, a freelance percussionist based in New York City, has developed a strong interest in performing with electronics and visual media and has begun collaborating with animation artists and dancers.
Yumi has performed at the Tennessee Theater, the Kennedy Center, The Stone, The Bohemian National Hall, and Le Poisson Rouge. She has performed on a range of projects including Big Ears Festival 2014, Carnegie Neighborhood Series, Ecstatic Music Festival and Make Music New York. Her repertoire includes works by Elliot Carter, Steve Reich, Karlheintz Stockhausen, Daniel Wohl, and Iannis Xenakis among many others. She has had the privilege of performing with groups such as Nexus, EnsembleLPR, and Mivos Quartet.
Yumi is the Director of Operations for So Percussion. Her work as an arts administrator includes tour managing, creating travel itineraries, grant writing, and managing the logistical aspects for all concerts and events.
Frank Tyl stems from an expansive artistic background exploring music, visual media, and writing. He is currently an active freelance percussionist based in New York City and specializing in contemporary solo and chamber music repertoire. He has worked with and performed alongside Mobius Percussion, So Percussion, Ensemble LPR, Ensemble sans maître, Tristan Perich, Blind Ear, Nouveau Classical Project, Niia, Circles and Lines, MuSE (Multicultural Sonic Evolution), Cadillac Moon Ensemble and the New York Pops. He has appeared in such projects as Make Music New York, MADE Fashion Week, World Technology Awards Gala, and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts.
In 2010 Frank became Artistic Director and percussionist of SYZYGY NEW MUSIC—an ensemble dedicated to the curation of innovative new concert works and collaborations. With SYZYGY, Frank has commissioned and premiered many new works and won grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Jerome Foundation.
Frank has performed in venues at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, United Nations, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, 92|Y Tribeca, RedBull Space, Milk Studios, and Public Assembly, among others. An alumnus of the Juilliard Pre-College Division, he earned his B.M. at NYU studying percussion performance under Jonathan Haas, James Saporito, and Simon Boyar.