Rite of Summer
May 27th, 2017, 1:00 & 3:00pm - FREE
Governors Island, NYC

Journey to beautiful Governors Island for a day of free music at the annual
Rite of Summer music festival. We will be joining Contemporaneous, Pamela Z, and pianists Blair McMillen, Pam Goldberg, Anthony De Mare and Phyllis Chen as part of this year's lineup.

Julia Wolfe - Dark Full Ride (part 1)
Steve Reich - Drumming Part 1
Caroline Shaw - Taxidermy
John Cage - Three2

For more information, please visit the Rite of Summer website.

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.

Talujon’s 2016-2017 season is supported, in part, by public funds from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New Music USA’s NYC New Music Impact Fund made possible with funding from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

Photography of Talujon by Richard Blinkoff