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09.19.2012 8:00 p.m.

Mantra Percussion presents the music of Eric KM Clark and Michael Gordon

Mantra Percussion presents Eric KM Clark's Hummingbird Sheet Metal, Deprivation Music No. 7, and Michael Gordon's Timbe

Eric KM Clark has written many works exploring hearing and sight deprivation. Deprivation Music No. 7 was written for Mantra Percussion in 2009, and explores singing, slight movement, and the following of instructions over headphones. Snare drums will be used. And possibly, a short composition involving sheet metal and bows.

Michael Gordon's work Timber is an evening-length tour de force. Scored for six graduated wooden Simantras — Greek liturgical percussion instruments used by French composer Iannis Xenakis — the work brings the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level. In this new work, Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic waves of textures — often each players' hands are in separate rhythmic 'worlds', each traversing a different dynamic contour from loud to soft to loud, similar in some respects to his solo for percussion, XY

Much of Gordon's music demonstrates a deep exploration into the extreme possibilities and stunning nature of rhythm, as well as the enriching, yet disturbing, multidimensionality of polyrhythmic layers — what has been termed in his music to be, "glorious confusion." Many of Gordon's works, including TranceGothamDecasia, and his most recent orchestral work, Dystopia, point to Gordon's interest in complex rhythmic and textural territory. Gordon's percussion sextet takes these elements and explores the extreme possibilities of rhythm and texture to a beautifully intense degree. The new evening-length work is indeed a unique and exciting addition to the world of percussion.  

Timber was co-commissioned by the Dutch dance company, Club Guy and RoniSlagwerk den Haag, Mantra Percussion, with support from the Nief-Norf project.