Completely Acoustic "Orchestra"
February 19, 2012 2:55 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for some completely acoustic "orchestra" recordings. I went to see Steven Schick's NINE RIVERS Part II: Iosis performance at Columbia's Miller Theater back in September here in NYC, but I haven't been able to find an entirely acoustic orchestra performance since then.
posted by lrnarabic to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
What do you mean by "acoustic orchestra"?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 4:00 PM on February 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

I believe I should have been more precise and wrote "percussion orchestra".
posted by lrnarabic at 5:18 PM on February 19, 2012

You are still confusing me. "Iosis", from Nine Rivers by James Dillon, is a work for solo percussionist with electronics, which was recently performed in New York by Steven Schick.

Other sections of Nine Rivers were performed by other groups, including the all-percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, which was founded and is directed by Mr. Schick. They have a number of recordings available.

Another excellent all-percussion group with interesting recordings out there is So Percussion, based in New York (so you could join their mailing list and hear them live!)

I hear good things about the Hungarian percussion ensemble Amadinda, but don't think I've actually heard any of their recordings.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:31 PM on February 19, 2012

Although I am very easily confused today, so it might just be me.

Wanted to pop back and recommend Steve Reich as another composer who's done interesting work with percussion ensembles.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:48 PM on February 19, 2012

I'd just like to point out that technically, instruments such as the harp, chimes, celeste, marimba, xylophone, and the piano are considered percussion.

So: Sonata for two pianos and percussion, by Bela Bartok.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 9:13 PM on February 19, 2012

Since I posted this question I saw So Percussion at Carnegie Hall. Does anyone know of any similar groups?
posted by lrnarabic at 5:02 PM on June 9, 2012

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