Fresh from a slate of brilliant 2012/13 performances — including Jonathan Leshnoff‘s Concerto for Two Percussionists and Orchestra (watch it here!) with the Roundtop Festival Orchestra, the Duluth Symphony Orchestra and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra; a residency at Da Camera of Houston featuring a John Cage Musicircus;  performances and workshops at the 2013 Baylor Percussion Symposium, where the Duo was joined by their old bandmates, So Percussion, for a performance of Iannis Xenakis’s epic Pleiadesthe premiere of a new commission from the unique composer/performer/visual artist Tristan Perich at Fast Forward Austin; at Mexico’s Visiones Sonoras Festival and elsewhere —  the Meehan/Perkins Duo now welcomes a summer shaped by artistic collaborations.

First, in June, the Duo joined Alarm Will Sound and the JACK Quartet at the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series for a two-night exploration of Steve Reich’s music, performing Reich’s Nagoya Marimbas, a classic in the percussion duo repertoire.  (Missed the performance? Don’t fret; watch this beautiful video of the Duo performing the work.)

And next month, on August 15, the Duo reunites with Tristan Perich to bring his work for the Duo, Parallels, to MoMA Nights, in the MoMA Sculpture Garden.

The Perich composition, Parallels, explores the nature of pitched and unpitched percussive sounds combined with pure tones and white noise from his custom-designed electronics.  Commissioned by the Meehan/Perkins Duo through a generous Chamber Music America (CMA) grant, the piece draws on Perich’s exploration of digital and analog randomness in his Microtonal Wall, a sound installation with 1,500 microtonally tuned speakers, currently on view in MoMA’s Soundings: A Contemporary Score exhibition.

This work, which can be presented either as a concert work or as part of a larger-scale installation of Perich’s visual works, will be offered by the Meehan/Perkins Duo throughout coming seasons.  Learn more about this program and the Duo’s other 14/15 program offerings here on their Ariel page, and browse their website, for additional info.

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Posted on July 16th, 2013 by Emily Motherwell

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