The Bell Ringers

A new musical experience that brings communities together

Composer and arts educator Danny Clay and Third Coast Percussion are teaming up to create a new evening-length work that will invite participation from performers of a wide range of experience levels—from professionals to novices. The piece will be performed in a public location with the audience moving freely throughout the performance space, and draw influence from Clay’s use of the element of “play” and community-building in his works.

This work builds on several community music-making projects TCP has led in the past, include Inuksuit by John Luther Adams and In C by Terry Riley.

The ensemble’s goal in commissioning this new work is to build a project from the outset that addresses its main goals in community music-making:

  • Inclusion of as many participants as possible with musical material that matches each players’ level of experience and appetite for challenge.
  • A beautiful, fun, powerful piece of music that speaks to a wide range of audience members.
  • A fun and inviting experience for both performers and audience.

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