Hailed by the Chicago Reader as “one of the finest new-music ensembles
in the country,” Third Coast Percussion uses an impressive array of
percussion instruments to create a performance experience like no other.
With exceptional talent and dedicated artistry, this “sonically spectacular”
(Chicago Tribune) quartet combines the driving intensity of drums, the
beautiful warmth of marimbas and vibraphones, and the surprisingly
exotic sounds of everyday objects to make music that is playful,
memorable and profound. In performances around the country, the
Chicago-based ensemble has swiftly gained national attention for
effortlessly combining the energy of a rock concert with the precision and
sophistication of classical chamber music.
Third Coast Percussion presents concerts for all audiences, from the
percussion novice to the contemporary music aficionado. Third Coast has
introduced percussion music to chamber music series in Chicago (Rush
Hour Concerts, Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center), Virginia (Garth
Newel Music Center), Pennsylvania (Dickinson College), and Wisconsin
(Taliesin), securing immediate invitations to return to each of these
series. TCP has also championed some of the most formidable repertoire
for percussion including the music of Luciano Berio, Philippe Manoury,
Wolfgang Rihm, Louis Andriessen, Martin Bresnick, George Crumb, Arvo
Pärt, Steve Reich, Frederick Rzewski, Toru Takemitsu, Tan Dun, and Iannis
Xenakis. The ensemble is constantly adding new works to this already
Upcoming and recent appearances include University of Notre Dame –
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh),
Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Le Poisson Rouge (New York),
Garth Newel Music Center (Virginia), Dusk Variations: Millennium Park –
Pritzker Pavilion (Chicago), EMPAC (NY), Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
(DC), and Taliesin – Frank Lloyd Wright (WI). Highlights of the 2012-13
season include a major focus on the percussion music of John Cage in
celebration of his centenary. Third Coast is also active in developing new
works. Future premieres include commissioned works by Glenn Kotche
and Augusta Read Thomas.
Third Coast Percussion also self-presents a full season of concert
percussion music each year in Chicago. The group performs 4 to 5 of
these concerts each season, pairing the greatest concert percussion
music with lesser-known and rarely performed master pieces. Past
Chicago Concert Seasons have featured the premieres of new works by
composers David T. Little, Matthew Barnson, Ted Hearne, Kirsten Broberg,
and more plus guest appearances by Lisa Moore, Amy Briggs, and
members of eighth blackbird.
The members of Third Coast Percussion—Owen Clayton Condon, Robert
Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore—hold degrees in music
performance from Northwestern University, the Yale School of Music, the
New England Conservatory, and Rutgers University.
Third Coast Percussion performs exclusively with Pearl/Adams Musical
Instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.