Mantra Percussion (US)

Committed to expanding the future of percussion music, the New York-based Mantra Percussion group commissions and performs works for large ensembles by both established and emerging composers. By commissioning renowned composer Michael Gordon (Decasia) to write Timber, a percussion sextet and tour de force study in pure rhythm, Mantra has continued to engage new audiences while challenging the standard classical concert format. Since opening to rave reviews in 2011 – the oddly compelling, hypnotic piece was recognized by both The New Yorker and TimeOut New York as one of the ten best classical performances of 2012 – Mantra has toured Gordon’s complex polyrhythmic schemes throughout North America and Europe. Scored for six graduated, amplified, wooden Simantras (two-by-four slabs of wood of varying lengths and timbres, available at any home renovation store), Timber’s rapidly accelerating/decelerating patterns and waves of cascading melodies bring the physicality and technique of percussive performance to a new level. The group recently assembled a collection of remixes of the piece from the likes of Squarepusher, Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker. Mantra bring their beautiful, ingeniously lit Timber to the festival for a singular performance, given that the Cinema Imperial’s particular acoustics, the choice of local materials and the pressure applied to the wood make for a completely novel, pounding, polyrhythmic symphony.

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MUTEK 2014, montreal

Impérial 28/05/2014

Committed to expanding the future of percussion music, the New York-based Mantra Percussion group commissions and performs works for large ensembles by both established and emerging composers. By commissioning renowned composer Michael Gordon (Decasia) to write Timber, a percussion sextet and tour de force study in pure rhythm, Mantra has continued to engage new audiences while challenging the standard classical concert format. Since opening to rave reviews in 2011 – the oddly compelling, hypnotic piece was recognized by both The New Yorker and TimeOut New York as one of the ten best classical performances of 2012 – Mantra has toured Gordon’s complex polyrhythmic schemes throughout North America and Europe. Scored for six graduated, amplified, wooden Simantras (two-by-four slabs of wood of varying lengths and timbres, available at any home renovation store), Timber’s rapidly accelerating/decelerating patterns and waves of cascading melodies bring the physicality and technique of percussive performance to a new level. The group recently assembled a collection of remixes of the piece from the likes of Squarepusher, Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker. Mantra bring their beautiful, ingeniously lit Timber to the festival for a singular performance, given that the Cinema Imperial’s particular acoustics, the choice of local materials and the pressure applied to the wood make for a completely novel, pounding, polyrhythmic symphony.

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