Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jawdropping
virtuosity,” 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.
Sandbox made their New York debut in 2012 on the Concerts on the Slope series in Brooklyn.
Following that performance, they accepted an invitation to become artists-in-residence of the
series and have returned in each subsequent season. Later that year, Sandbox worked closely with
composer James Wood on his masterpiece Village Burial with Fire at the Norfolk Chamber
Music Festival. While at Norfolk, Sandbox played alongside the great Hungarian percussion
quartet Amadinda – Aurél Holló, a member of Amadinda, later said about Sandbox: “With an
array of skills, talent and freshness, these young artists seem to be pushing their limits up in the
skies, as I realized listening to them at the Yale New Music Workshop. Sandbox Percussion is the
promising group of the near future, battering right on your door.”
Last season Sandbox gave a staggering twelve world premieres by composers such as Robert
Sirota, Amy Beth Kirsten, David Crowell, Thomas Kotcheff, Alex Weiser, and Tonia Ko. Six of
these premieres were by composition students at the Yale School of Music and were featured on
the New Music New Haven concert series. This past Spring Sandbox, along with flutist Tim
Munro, performed the world premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s, They Might be Giants as members
of a larger mixed ensemble, HOWL co-directed by Amy Beth Kirsten and Mark DeChiazza.
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,
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.
Most recently has marked the quartet’s growing interest in composition. Last season Jonathan
Allen’s Interlude and Victor Caccese’s Chatter were featured on eleven separate programs
throughout the U.S. Sandbox also worked closely with composer David Crowell on a marimba
arrangement of his saxophone sextet, Point Reyes. They gave the world premiere in November
2014 in Brooklyn, NY.
Sandbox Percussion has now reached their fifth concert season and will celebrate with a
California tour premiering a brand new work by longtime friend, Thomas Kotcheff. They will
also visit Kansas University where they will coach and perform Steve Reich’s monumental work,
Drumming. Other highlights include the world premiere of Amy Beth Kirsten’s Quixote at
Montclair State University along with Ensemble HOWL, two programs at Brooklyn’s National
Sawdust, and a run out concert to Minnesota with the Brian Brooks Moving Company. Sandbox
Percussion endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumheads.