May 22, 2015
by Alan G. Artner
As each ticket was torn to give entry to Thursday night’s concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art, each bearer received what looked like miniature chopsticks joined at a serrated center.
These sticks would be called into play midway through Glenn Kotche’s “Wild Sound,” an extravagant, 43-minute long audio-video piece performed by the four virtuosi of Third Coast Percussion.
The immediately engaging piece developed from a collaboration not only between composer, performers and the video artist Xuan but also stage director Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, lighting designer Sarah Prince and audio engineer Dan Nichols. What resulted was a choreographed spectacle that twice enlisted brief audience participation to refresh and illustrate John Cage’s principle of all sound being ultimately music.