Preview: Aural States presents So Percussion, Microkingdom, Gestures, Adam Holofcener + Jeff Zeiders, the True Vine Trio (Jason Willett, MC Schmidt, Owen Gardner)

Tonight will be an inspired night for music in Baltimore. Of course, that statement is a little biased since I’m putting it on.

Here’s some decidedly non-biased material suggesting you attend:

Banging on Cans: And anything and everything else in So Percussion’s strange, not-just-percussion universe” (Baltimore City Paper)

Roll Over, Beethoven: By Reimagining Format, Alt-Classical Musicians Are Going Mainstream” (Washington Post)

Do You Hear That?” (Maryland Morning on WYPR 88.1FM)

Splice Today

and here’s what others are saying about So Percussion and their recent premiere of Imaginary City in Brooklyn:

Drummers Map an Imaginary City” (New York Times)

Yes In My Backyard: An Exclusive First Listen To So Percussion’s BAM Next Wave Piece Imaginary City” (Village Voice Music Blog)

Top Live Show: So Percussion @ BAM Harvey Theater” (Time Out New York)

So Percussion – playing ‘Imaginary City’ @ BAM” (BrooklynVegan)

Here’s some video we shot with Polygon Tree Productions of So performing Steve Reich’s Drumming Part 1:

So Percussion Perform Steven Reich’s Drumming Part 1 from Polygon Tree Productions on Vimeo.

It also bears mentioning that the line-up has expanded since our initial announcement to include two more sets. One features the premiere of a piece by local composers Adam Holofcener and Jeff Zeiders. The other is a True Vine power trio of sorts featuring Jason Willett (Leprechaun Catering, Pleasant Livers, Half Japanese), Martin Schmidt (Matmos), and Owen Gardner (Black Vatican, Janitor, ex-Teeth Mountain). Some more, press-release-y details on them after the jump.

Adam Holofcener grew up in the county and has played in bands around town such as the methamphetamines and eatadick.com. Currently, he composes and attends the University of Maryland School of Law. Listen to relevant things here: www.cuntemporaryrecords.com

Jeff Zeiders has received numerous commissions for his compositions, from original soundtracks to contemporary dance works. In the process, he has spent years serving as music director and conductor for various theatre programs, as well as performing actively as a professional percussionist and painting on commission. Zeiders currently studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Michael Hersch. Visit him at: www.jeffzeiders.com

Adam and Jeff will be premiering a new piece on Wednesday evening. An amalgam of styles for the ages.

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3 Responses to “Preview: Aural States presents So Percussion, Microkingdom, Gestures, Adam Holofcener + Jeff Zeiders, the True Vine Trio (Jason Willett, MC Schmidt, Owen Gardner)”

  1. Jeff says:

    Best Microkingdom set ever!

  2. mia says:

    again, big thanks to you and metro for putting this on. amazing.

  3. Great show you put together, Greg. Thanks for making it happen.

    Much respect from Mobtown Modern.

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