April 4, 2019
by Kyle Land
“…as inventive and beautiful as music comes.”
When you are one of the premiere modern classical percussionist ensembles and the rockstar of modern composition wants to collaborate, you don’t say no. Third Coast Percussion is based out of Chicago, and the quartet of Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore have been entertaining music lovers of all types for fifteen years now. They have won Grammys, performed with many legends of modern classical and jazz, and now have had Philip Glass, (arguably the most gifted modern composer), write his first piece for percussion ensemble for them. The three-part composition includes a cadenza and is bookended with a piece by English composer Gavin Bryars, which TCP also commissioned, and an electro-acoustic work by Skidmore, with pieces by Dillon and Martin rounding out the hour and thirty minute opus. Perpetulum is a masterclass of the percussionist ensemble. ”Chamber music fan” does not have to be on your resume to enjoy this adventure for the soul. It is as inventive and beautiful as music comes.