Since their founding in 2006, the Meehan/Perkins Duo (Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins) have redefined the American percussion duo through diverse commissions and engaging performances.
Dedicated to creating a new body of work for percussion duo, to date the Duo have collaborated with composers David Lang, Paul Lansky, Nathan Davis, John Supko, Jonathan Leshnoff, and Matt McBane to expand the repertoire and produce eclectic new acoustic and electro-acoustic works for percussion. The Duo have shared this music with audiences throughout the country, including performances at Weill Recital Hall, the Ojai Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, the Bang on a Can Marathon, The Stone, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and abroad in Russia and Mexico.
In June 2012, the Duo premiered Jonathan Leshnoff’s Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra with the Texas Festival Orchestra under the baton of Michael Stern. Performances followed with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.
The 2013-2014 season will feature continued performances of Tristan Perich’s Parallels, following the spring 2013 world premiere at the Fast Forward Austin Festival. The work, a result of a 2012 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning grant, is scored for tuned triangles, hi-hats, and 1-bit electronics. Parallels will receive its New York premiere at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the MoMA Nights 2013 Series, with subsequent performances at Constellation in Chicago, Dartmouth College, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, and Baylor University, among others.
In February 2011, the Meehan/Perkins Duo released their first recording on New World Records, entitled Restless, Endless, Tactless – Johanna Beyer and the Birth of American Percussion Music. The recording chronicles a largely unknown body of early percussion works from the 1930s written by Johanna Beyer, Henry Cowell, Harold Davidson, Ray Green, John J. Becker, and Doris Humphrey. The release was praised as “immaculately played by the duo” by the BBC Music Magazine and “an engaging experience” by Gramophone. Fanfare Magazine perhaps best sums up the recording by stating, “This is a must-hear for anyone remotely interested in the development of music in the past century and is strongly recommended.” In November 2011, the Duo released their second album, Travel Diary, on Bridge Records, featuring new acoustic and electro-acoustic works by Paul Lansky, David Lang, Tristan Perich, and Nathan Davis.
The Meehan/Perkins Duo use Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams drums and keyboards, Black Swamp Percussion accessories, Remo drumheads, and Zildjian cymbals.
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2014/15 Program Offerings
- Channel to Another Ocean
Steve Reich, Philippe Manoury, John Supko, Matt McBane, Suzanne Farrin, John Fitz Rogers
- Travel Diary
Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, John Cage, Paul Lansky
Current & Recent Programs
- Concerto Offerings
Philip Glass (b. 1937)
Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra
Martin Bresnick (b. 1946)
Grace – Concerto in Three Movements for Two Marimbas and Orchestra
Jonathan Leshnoff (b. 1973)
Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra*
Nico Muhly (b. 1981)
Double Percussion Concerto
*Written for the Meehan/Perkins Duo
- Ensemble Coachings & Masterclasses
The Duo present masterclasses focused on coaching contemporary chamber music and solo repertoire. Areas of emphasis include teaching basic chamber music skills and techniques for learning and rehearsing new repertoire. The Duo also focus attention on n...
- Composer Sessions
The Duo believe strongly in taking an active role in the creation of new music for percussion. Composer sessions guide young composers through the often overwhelming issues involved in contemporary percussion writing. Specific emphasis is placed on ins...