Sō Percussion has commissioned a refreshing new generation of percussion keyboard music. Steve Reich’s Mallet Quartet from 2009 kicked off a subgenre of pieces for two marimbas and two vibraphones. In that vein, fantastic new works by Vijay Iyer, Donnacha Dennehy, and Jason Treuting demonstrate the possibilities of this satisfying combination of wood and metal.
Other composers have concocted original ways of making sound and of combining keyboards with other instruments. Caroline Shaw explores her fascination with flower pots, Elliot Cole tasks four players with bowing one vibraphone in his gorgeous preludes, and Suzanne Farrin explores her characteristically impressionistic sound worlds.
Our longtime collaborator Dan Trueman has invented something truly original: a software instrument called the “Bitklavier,” which extends the possibilities of the traditional piano by warping and retuning its natural sounds.