Wild Sound

A Revolutionary New Concert Experience from Glenn Kotche, Renowned Composer and Drummer from Wilco

“Extravagant…immediately engaging”
-Chicago Tribune

“The glory of ‘Wild Sound’ is that the composition delivers the musical goods — there is a wide swath of shifting textures and timbres, rhythms and moods. It is infused with an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity.”
-The Star Tribune

“‘Wild Sound’ is a deeply human, organic work at heart that, over and over, turns everyday sounds into music”
-The South Bend Tribune

Wild Sound challenges the distinctions that exist between music and noise, instrument and everyday object, performance and daily life. Composer Glenn Kotche has created this new musical work for Third Coast Percussion combining field recordings from cities around the world, live performance, and the construction and de-construction of musical instruments on stage. These custom-made percussion instruments were conceptualized by Kotche and designed and built by students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s College of Engineering. The field recordings in the work are drawn from Kotche’s international touring as drummer for the Grammy-winning rock band, Wilco. The field recordings create a narrative arc that draws the listener from the sounds of the natural world to the industrial sounds of modern urban life.

Wild Sound was commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. Additional support provided by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland.

Reviews for Wild Sound:

South Bend Tribune (world premiere)
Minnesota Star-Tribune
Chicago Tribune
I Care If You Listen

Watch a video from Chicago Magazine about the creation and rehearsal process
Listen to an interview with Glenn and David from TCP on Minnesota Public Radio.
And another great interview on MPR’s Classical Station.

Glenn is available to perform on tour with the project for select dates 

Photo credit: Kirk Richard Smith
For promotional use only.
Email [email protected] for high resolution images.

Composer: Glenn Kotche
Stage Director: Leslie Buxbaum Danzig
Video Artist: Xuan
Audio Engineer: Dan Nichols
Lighting Designer: Sarah Prince
Instrument Design and Construction: Jay Brockman, Douglas Hall, Quinlan McWilliams, Susan Nace, John Nolan, Ryan Snelling, Juan Velazquez, Tony Villano, Xinyi Wang


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