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.

The Bell Ringers was commissioned by Third Coast Percussion with support from The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, the Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington, the Julian Family Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and the Third Coast Percussion New Works Fund. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for The Arts.

Click here to read the review from the world premiere in Chicago.