First introduced to Caramoor audiences in a breathtaking performance of John Luther Adams’ songbirdsongs in our Sunken Garden last summer, the “utterly mesmerising to watch” (The Guardian) Sandbox Percussion brings 21st-century works by some of today’s most exciting composers right to your home, including a world premiere by Christopher Cerrone in which they are joined by Conor Hanick on prepared piano. Hanick’s “technical refinement, color, crispness and wondrous variety of articulation … would benefit works by any master.” — The New York Times
“Sandbox Percussion are clearly an energetic ensemble with imagination, integrity and courage in their music making. … Sandbox’s mix of solid technique, musicality and showmanship ensured it was a hugely enjoyable evening all around.” — I Care If You Listen
Conor Hanick, piano
Andy AkihoHaiku 2 Juri Seovv Amy Beth Kirstenmay the devil take me David Crowell Music for Percussion Quartet Andy AkihoPillar V Christopher CerroneDon’t Look Down, Piano Concerto for solo prepared piano and percussion quartet (World Premiere)
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Described as “virtuosic and utterly mesmerizing” by The Guardian, Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion chamber music. Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Sandbox Percussion captivates audiences with performances that are both visually and aurally stunning. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.
Last season Sandbox Percussion presented more than 30 performances throughout the United States and made their United Kingdom debut at the Vale of Glamorgan festival in Cardiff where they premiered a new work by Benjamin Wallace for percussion quartet and fairground organ. Sandbox presented four separate programs of music by John Luther Adams at Storm King Art Center, Tippet Rise Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the String Theory concert series in Chattanooga, TN. Sandbox performed Viet Cuong’s Re(new)al with the Albany Symphony and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra as well as premiered a wind ensemble version of the work with the Brooklyn Wind Symphony. Sandbox collaborated with actor and writer Paul Lazar on a portrait concert of music by John Cage at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and gave three sold out performances of Music for Eighteen Musicians with Emerald City Music in Seattle, WA.
In addition to keeping a busy concert schedule Sandbox has also participated in various masterclasses and coachings at schools such as the Peabody Conservatory, Curtis Institute, the University of Southern California, Kansas University, Cornell University, and Furman University. While there they coached students on some of the most pivotal works in the percussion repertoire including Steve Reich’s Drumming, György Ligeti’s Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel and John Cage’s Third Construction. These teaching experiences have inspired the quartet to pursue a role of pedagogy and mentorship for today’s young generation of musicians. This season Sandbox Percussion will present the fifth annual NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar. This week long seminar invites percussion students from across the globe to rehearse and perform some of today’s leading percussion chamber music repertoire. A culminating performance is held at the iconic Brooklyn venue, National Sawdust.
Composition has been an ongoing interest for Sandbox Percussion. Jonathan Allen and Victor Caccese have collectively composed six pieces for the quartet. Sandbox has also worked closely with composer David Crowell on a marimba arrangement of his saxophone sextet, Point Reyes. Sandbox Percussion has collectively arranged and composed works with Dutch-American DJ, Scumfrog and will present a collection of new works in the coming concert season.
This season Sandbox Percussion will release their debut album with Coviello Classics. The album will feature works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Andy Akiho, David Crowell, and Thomas Kotcheff. In the Spring of 2020, Sandbox will premiere Seven Pillars, a new evening-length work by composer and steel pan virtuoso, Andy Akiho at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA. Having frequently performed the middle movement, Pillar IV, this new work will feature seven movements for the quartet and four solo movements. Sandbox Percussion will present a performance at the Dumbarton Oaks concert series where they will premiere a new work by composer, Viet Cuong as well as a string quartet version of his concerto Re(new)al . They will also return to the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts where they will premiere a new work by Christopher Cerrone in collaboration with pianist Conor Hanick. Other premieres this season will include works by Bora Yoon, Jessica Meyer, Julian Wachner, and Matthew Evan Taylor. Sandbox Percussion endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads and Black Swamp accessories.
Conor Hanick is a pianist that “defies human description” for some (Concerto Net) and recalls “a young Peter Serkin” for others (The New York Times). He has performed to acclaim throughout the world with some of the leading ensembles, instrumentalists, and conductors, and worked with composers as diverse as Charles Wuorinen and Caroline Shaw. Hanick recently appeared with The Juilliard Orchestra in Milton Babbitt’s Second Piano Concerto at Alice Tully Hall; the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in the premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Piano Concerto; and Alan Gilbert in György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto for the New York Philharmonic Biennial. This season he performs concertos, recitals, and chamber music in New York, Boston, Sarasota, San Francisco, Portland, Albuquerque, Seattle, Chicago and elsewhere; collaborates with cellist Jay Campbell, violinist Augustin Hadelich, and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ludovic Morlot; and, with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), performs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, and the American Repertory Theater. A recent finalist for the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, Mr. Hanick is a graduate of Northwestern University and The Juilliard School.