Meanwhile, percussionists Scott Deal, Mathias Reumert, Joseph Becker, and Nick Tolle have just finished their first rehearsal for Kaija Saariaho‘s Trois Rivieres (Wednesday at 8pm in Jordan Hall). Jeffrey Means will be conducting.
Quite the powerhouse percussion group here: Scott Deal is very much involved in music and technology and is the founder of the Telematic Collective, a networked group of artists and empiricists. He’s performed all over North America and in Europe and is currently on faculty at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Danish percussionist Mathias Reumert won 1st prize at Gaudeamus in 2007 and has performed at major festivals in the USA, France, Holland, Poland, and throughout Scandinavia. Joseph Becker, a recent alum of New England Conservatory and Boston University, has performed with Xanthos Ensemble at Roulette in NYC, and has also performed and recorded Carter during his time as a Tanglewood Fellow in 2008 (Carter’s 100th). And Nick Tolle is no stranger to the new music scene: he directs the Ludovico Ensemble in the sounds of Feldman, Lachenmann, Kurtág, and more. Tolle also performs with Ensemble XII, previously known as the Lucerne Festival Percussion group, an international gathering of 12 hand-picked percussionists guided by Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Jeffrey Means will get his own spot in due time — he’s accomplished quite a lot (severe understatement) as a percussionist, director, and conductor himself.
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P.S. Don’t forget! TOMORROW, Monday June 14th at 8pm in Jordan Hall at NEC: Stockhausen’s MANTRA with pianists Stephen Drury and Yukiko Takagi. Admission is free. Bring your toddlers, grandparents, and short-wave receivers.