Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 8 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Cary Hall
$10/$5 (students and seniors)
Tickets available at the door, or make reservations at: info@talujon.org.

Presented in collaboration with the League of Composers/ISCM.
This event is a part of the 2016 Composers Now Festival.

Steve Reich: Six Marimbas (1986)
Julia Wolfe: Dark Full Ride (2002)*
Nick Brooke: The Traps (2014)*

*Written for Talujon

Talujon presents a program of works for multiples of individual instruments featuring two landmark works for percussion and the New York premiere of Nick Brooke's The Traps.  Composed for Talujon in 2002, Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride for four drum sets is an obsessive and relentless exploration of the drum set, described by the composer as a, "dive into a psychedelic landscape, at once multilayered, fractured, ecstatic, silent, driving, cacophonous, and direct."  Steve Reich's Six Marimbas is a rescoring of his earlier Six Pianos from 1973, a classic piece utilizing the phase shifts and additive processes that occupied his work throughout the 1970's.  In The Traps, Nick Brooke reimagines the gamelan as a makeshift and dynamic instrumentarium for which he designed and constructed six "attaché case gamelans," each an orchestra in a box tuned to one of the six modalities of central Javanese gamelan and using a battery of bells, glass gongs, thumb pianos, and homebuilt devices.  The orchestration is inspired by the “traps," boxes used for silent film sound effects, as well as by the Javanese dhalang tradition, where knockers held by the hands and toes create a makeshift foley.

Dark Full Ride was commissioned by Talujon with funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

The Traps was commissioned by Talujon with funding from New Music USA.

Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy", Talujon has been mesmerizing audiences since 1990. For well over two decades, Talujon has committed itself to the growth of contemporary percussion music through diverse performance, commissioning, educational, and outreach activities.

Highlights of Talujon’s recent engagements include appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Carnegie Hall, ISSUE Project Room, Miller Theatre, and New York Historical Society. International performances include Taipei’s Lantern Festival, Italy’s Sound Res Festival, and a tour with Steve Reich and Musicians. In addition to its diverse performance schedule, Talujon has conducted residencies, clinics, and master classes at institutions across the US, including Harvard, Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Stanford, and the universities of Virginia, Oregon, and Buffalo. Notable commissions and premiers include collaborations with composers Dewa Alit, Nick Brooke, Chien Yin Chen, Louis Karchin, Alvin Lucier, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks, Ralph Shapey, Henry Threadgill, Ushio Torikai, and Julia Wolfe.

Locally, Talujon engages in a series of residencies in the New York City Public Schools though the Department of Cultural Affairs After School Adventures program, as well as through a collaboration with the Midori and Friends organization. The ensemble’s playing can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Tzadik, New World, Bridge, Albany, and Capstone record labels. Talujon proudly uses Mike Balter sticks and mallets and Black Swamp Percussion instruments.

Photography of Talujon by Richard Blinkoff