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Sandbox Percussion

Friday June 30, 2023 at 8:00pm

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Friday June 30, 2023 at 8:00pm

Described as “exhilarating” (The New York Times), and “virtuosic and utterly mesmerizing” (The Guardian), Brooklyn’s Sandbox Percussion is one of today’s leading percussion ensembles. Seven Pillars, nominated for a Grammy in 2021, is the jaw-dropping result of a years-long collaboration with trailblazing composer Andy Akiho. The boldly genre-defying collaboration consists of seven ensemble movements and one solo movement for each member of Sandbox. With a striking lighting scheme by Michael Joseph McQuilken, the 80-minute, 11-part work is the largest-scale chamber music work that Akiho has written and that Sandbox has commissioned, with their collaboration spanning the past eight years.

7:00pm / Join us for a conversation with members of Sandbox Percussion.

“Wielding lightning-fast syncopated stickwork, Sandbox Percussion created a hypersonic morse code …” — Musical America

Jonny Allen
Victor Caccese
Ian Rosenbaum
Terry Sweeney

Andy Akiho: Seven Pillars
WARNING: This performance features strobe lights, and could potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.

Learn More About the Artist

Described as “exhilarating” (The New York Times) and “utterly mesmerizing” (The Guardian), Grammy-nominated ensemble Sandbox Percussion brings out the best in composers through their unwavering dedication to artistry in contemporary 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. 

Sandbox Percussion’s 2021 album Seven Pillars was nominated for two Grammy awards — Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Sandbox Percussion will perform Seven Pillars over 15 times in the 2022 – 23 season, with sold-out stops throughout the United States and Europe. In October, Sandbox Percussion will perform the work live with the LA Dance Project and choreographer Benjamin Millepied at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. 

In addition to maintaining an international performance schedule, Sandbox Percussion holds the position of ensemble-in-residence and percussion faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and The New School’s College of Performing Arts, where they have created a curriculum with entrepreneurship and chamber music at its core. In 2016, Sandbox Percussion founded the annual NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar — a week-long seminar that invites percussion students from around the globe to rehearse and perform today’s leading percussion chamber music repertoire. 

Sandbox Percussion endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Remo drumheads, and Black Swamp accessories. 

To learn more about Sandbox Percussion, please visit their website (sandboxpercussion.com). 

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This concert was made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support of The Amphion Foundation.

Caramoor is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.