Concert Programs

Lyrical Geometry

New works by Philip Glass, Devonté Hynes, and more

Photo by Rich Polk/WireImage

“An inspirational sense of fun and curiosity”
 -Minnesota Star-Tribune

“Commandingly elegant”
 -New York Times

As the percussion section has moved from the back of the orchestra to center stage, Third Coast Percussion has been leading the way. Incorporating their classical training with stylistic influences ranging from Zimbabwean mbira music to art rock, the ensemble lights up the stage at every concert with “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity.” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). This program highlights the very best of the ensemble’s recent work, including new pieces by musical icon Philip Glass, musical polymath Devonté Hynes, and the ensemble’s own compositions.

Read a feature article
about Third Coast Percussion’s concerts, residencies, commissions, and other activities from The Chicago Reader.

Click above to hear selections from this program. Program subject to change.

TCP + Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

A new collaboration with the world-renowned contemporary dance company

Devonté Hynes, photo by Carlos Gonzalez AKA The1Point8

“Take a deep breath, because Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is going to take your breath away.”
 -The Washington Post

“Collaboration is [Hynes’s] comfort zone, and he’s become a sort of one-stop creative shop.”
 -New York Times

Third Coast Percussion and the world-renowned modern company Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are offering an evening-length work with three choreographers who are redefining what it means to make dance today—Emma Portner, famous for her imaginative viral dance videos, and Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, co-founders of Movement Art Is. The show will tour select dates in the fall of 2019. Original music was composed for the project by British singer, songwriter, composer, producer, dancer, and director Devonté Hynes.

Available for select dates in Fall 2019. For more information, contact Ilter Ibrahimof at Sunny Artist Management: [email protected].

Hubbard Street dancers Emilie Leriche and Kevin J. Shannon, photo by Quinn B Wharton

Emma Portner, photo by Alex Black

Movement Art Is (Lil Buck and Jon Boogz), photo by George Evan

Paddle to the Sea

A multimedia journey to the open sea

“Arresting and enjoyable”
– Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

“Third Coast Percussion’s acutely sensitive approach to sound yields a work that glides effortlessly and subtly between animated rhythmic sections and moments of serene, tranquil reflection.”
– Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramophone

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The classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film, Paddle to the Sea, is the focus of a new project that looks at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.

Existing works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world will weave in and out of the original film and new music, including composers Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman and the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The performance will flow together as a seamless whole, with Third Coast Percussion using the existing music as a jumping-off point for the new music they compose.

Paddle to the Sea underscores the geographic, economic, and cultural connections in our shared waterways, and it also asks us to consider the human impact on the waters that help us transport our goods, provide our electrical power, bathe ourselves, cook our food, and quench our thirst. This project will ask those same questions through live performance and residency activities.

Contact Liz Pesnel from Third Coast Percussion for more information: [email protected]

JACOB DRUCKMAN Reflections on the Nature of Water

Photos by Philip D. Lanum

The Bell Ringers (working title)

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.

Philip Glass

“What Glass is doing is changing the face of music for our time and all time.”
– The Daily Telegraph


Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

In 2018, Third Coast Percussion will premiere a new work by Glass – his first ever composed specifically for percussion ensemble.

The new work will be 15-20 minutes in duration, and be paired on a concert program with a new work commissioned for TCP from Gavin Bryars, plus works by Third Coast Percussion that draw inspiration from Glass’s work.

Bookmark this project page to stay up-to-date on the project as it develops.

Projected premiere in December 2018.
Co-commissioning opportunities available.