NEC Percussion Group Concert

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

The NEC Percussion Group (NECPG) is thrilled to be back on stage at Jordan Hall in front of live audiences. The NECPG performs music that is largely centered around the unique and never-ending possibilities within the percussion world, as well as being augmented by extra-percussion musical offerings and instruments.

This year's concert selections will include both fiery and introspective works that will represent established pieces in the repertoire as well as recently composed "ink still wet" pieces. NECPG concerts always bring the fascinating combination of the aural and the visual aspects of music-making.

This performance is open to in-person audiences, and can also be viewed below via livestream.

Watch livestream from Jordan Hall:

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  1. Casey Cangelosi | Sextet

    Cangelosi is a major force in percussion composition today. With this sextet he presents a theme that passes through various time signatures and then develops it by addition, subtraction and inversion. The result is a fun romp through percussive sounds and colors.

    Mark Larrivee, Hayoung Song
    Yiming Yao, Rohan Zakharia
    Parker Olson, Steph Krichena

  2. Avner Dorman | Udacrep Akubrad

    The two players in this piece use a similar group of instruments including marimbas and drums. Mr. Dorman states:  "This piece draws its inspiration from the “Eastern” music, extending the boundaries of the region as far as the Indian sub-continent. The main source materials in this piece are scales and the rhythms emanating from the traditional classical music of the peoples of the Mediterranean; and repetitive minimalism, from the music tradition of the Middle East, as well as the recently developed techniques in western music.”

    Yiming Yao, Ariel Pei Hsien Lu        

  3. Andy Akiho | Pillar 4

    Akiho is a leading figure in today’s percussive composition. Tonight we hear Pillar 4, a quartet that is rhythmically sophisticated yet aurally accessible. Non-traditional techniques and unique instruments rule the tundra here; wooden sticks are used on mallet instruments in lieu of standard mallets, and techniques such as glissandos on bottles are employed. The constant power of the forward-moving rhythms give this piece an unarguable urgency.

    Leigh M. Wilson, David Uhlmann
    Tennison Watts, Ross Hussong        

  4. Paul Lansky | from Threads for Percussion Quartet

    I. Prelude (Aria I)
    II. Recitative I
    III. Chorus I
    IV. Aria II
    VI. Chorus II
    VII. Aria III
    IX. Chorus III
    X. Choral Prelude (Aria IV)

    The bulk of Lansky's early output was is the field of computer music. However, in the mid 1990s he turned his focus back to instrumental composition. Since that time he has made significant contributions to the percussion and French horn (his first instrument) repertoire. In Threads, Lansky shares a largely introspective view of percussive sounds.   We perform 8 of the 10 movements tonight.  

    Rohan Zakharia, Izzy Butler
    Sabrina Nga leng Lai, Eli Reisz

  5. Aurel Hollo | Jose/beFOReJOHN5

    This piece is one of the beFOReJOHN series which consists of nine pieces. Each of the pieces shows an implication to the number 153, a number of philosophical importance in ancient civilizations and one that served as an icon to spiritual wealth. Within these pieces is an attempt to “transform the world of percussion into a “percussion cosmos..”, one of understood order and regularity.” Shared instruments and unusual timbres take over the setting here, as the piece takes us through a myriad of percussive geography.

    Parker Olson, Ariel Pei Hsien Lu
    Steph Krichena, Ross Hussong