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Sandbox Percussion

Sunday July 21, 2024 at 4:00pm

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Sunday July 21, 2024 at 4:00pm

Douglas J. Cuomo: THE JUMP UP! (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Caramoor)

THE JUMP UP! is a celebration of the joy of communal music making, composed by Douglas J. Cuomo (Doubt, Arjuna’s Dilemma) for Sandbox Percussion and volunteer percussionists from the local community. This free outdoor performance will have the musicians roaming through Caramoor’s beautiful Sunken Garden, with the audience encouraged to freely move about the players, each listener navigating their own interaction with the music.

Says Cuomo, “Making music together, and particularly drumming, creates such deep and powerful connections for everyone involved. The whole point of this piece is to have as many people as possible experience that connection, by bringing together Sandbox, the volunteer players, and the audience, so that some joyful magic can happen.”

3:00pm / Pre-concert conversation with Douglas J. Cuomo and members of Sandbox Percussion.

This event is FREE.


Sandbox Percussion
Ian Rosenbaum
Jonny Allen
Terry Sweeney
Victor Caccese
Mark DeChiazza, director

Learn About the Artists

Sandbox Percussion

Described as “exhilarating” (The New York Times) and “utterly mesmerizing” (The Guardian), Grammy-nominated ensemble Sandbox Percussion is dedicated to artistry in contemporary chamber music. The ensemble was brought together in 2011 by a love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together; today, Sandbox Percussion captivates worldwide audiences with visually and aurally stunning performances. 

Sandbox Percussion’s 2021 album Seven Pillars was nominated for two Grammy Awards — Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. The ensemble performed the piece more than 15 times throughout the United States and Europe last season, including at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. 

In the 2023-24 season, Sandbox Percussion performs Seven Pillars at the VIVO Music Festival (Columbus, OH); the New School (New York); Aperio, Music of the Americas (Houston); the Frost School of Music (Miami); Brown University (Providence, RI); and the Peace Center (Greenville, SC), among other venues. 

This season, Sandbox Percussion also released their fourth album, Wilderness, featuring the piece of the same name by experimental composer Jerome Begin. Other season highlights include two performances at the Park Avenue Armory, featuring premieres by Chris Cerrone and Viet Cuong; a performance at the 92nd Street Y with pianist and new-music champion Conor Hanick featuring the New York premiere of two works composed for them by Christopher Cerrone and by Tyshawn Sorey; and an appearance at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Sandbox Percussion will also continue to champion Viet Cuong’s acclaimed concerto for percussion quartet, Re(new)al, including performances with the Des Moines Symphony and with the Albany Symphony, which commissioned the piece. 

Besides 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. In 2016, Sandbox Percussion founded the Sandbox Percussion Seminar, introducing percussion students to the leading percussion chamber music of the day. 

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.  

Mark DeChiazza, director

Mark DeChiazza is a director whose multifaceted practice includes filmmaking, choreography, scenic and media design, and installation. His work has been presented in national and international venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, John F. Kennedy Center of the Arts, Guthrie Theater, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Prototype Festival, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, The Momentary, Walton Arts Center, and many more. His large-scale outdoor works include Look Around (2019) a co-creation with composer Shara Nova, that featured the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and over 600 additional performers from over 30 local groups, and direction and design of John Luther Adams’ Sila (2016) for Lincoln Center Festival and Mostly Mozart. Past projects include: Ocean Body, a 4-screen film and music installation he co-created with performers Helga Davis and Shara Nova, Dan Trueman’s Olagón, with singer Iarla Ó Lionáird and Eighth Blackbird ensemble; Quixote, a music-theater epic with composer Amy Beth Kirsten; Orpheus Unsung, a music-dance work with Steven Mackey; My Lai, an opera by Jonathan Berger with Kronos Quartet and Rinde Eckert.

To learn more about him, please visit his website.

Douglas J. Cuomo, composer

Douglas J. Cuomo has composed for concert and theatrical stages, television, and film. Cuomo’s music, with influences from jazz, world music, classical, and popular sources, is as personal, distinctive, and recognizable as it is wide-ranging.

Past highlights include: Savage Winter, (BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Pittsburgh Opera); Doubt, with libretto by John Patrick Shanley (Minnesota Opera) with a cast that included Denyce Graves and Christine Brewer; Arjuna’s Dilemma, (BAM Next Wave Festival, Dallas Opera, Kathmandu); Black Diamond Express Train to Hell, a concerto for cellist Maya Beiser and electronic sampler (Carnegie Hall); as well as numerous choral and chamber works.

Cuomo’s most recent works include: a raft, the sky, the wild sea, a concerto for the saxophonist Joe Lovano, (London Philharmonic at the Royal Festival Hall, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano); and Seven Limbs, for the guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco) and the Aizuri String Quartet. He composed the theme for Sex & the City and scored seven seasons of Homicide: Life on the Street, as well as over 20 feature films. Cuomo is published by Schott Music.

To learn more about him, please visit his website.

Want to play with Sandbox Percussion during the performance?

This special event invites percussionists and drummers of all kinds to bring a portable instrument and share in a day of rhythm, nature, and community. 

Whether you’re a seasoned percussionist or somebody passionate about rhythm, we welcome your energy and instrument to this dynamic gathering. There is no specific age or experience requirement – if you have played a percussion instrument at any point in your life, we hope you’ll join us.

After signing up, you will be contacted via email by Sandbox Percussion about the two-hour morning rehearsal on the day of the show. This is a unique opportunity to create music under the open sky, and perform with Sandbox Percussion as part of a vibrant ensemble. Sign up now and be part of this extraordinary musical experience!

    Summer Season Shuttle / Take the FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah train station to and from Caramoor! The shuttle runs before and after every summer afternoon and evening concert. There is no RSVP to get on the shuttle, it will be there when you arrive (in the parking lot side of the station). If it’s not there, it’s just making the loop and should be back within 5–10 minutes. The shuttle will start running 2.5 hours before the concert, and 30 minutes after the concert ends.

Rain or Shine / All events at Caramoor take place rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, this Sunken Garden concert will move under the fully covered Venetian Theater tent.

Have an Afternoon Tea before the concert / Tea is served at 1:00pm in the Music Room of the Rosen House. The service includes a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with créme fraiche and preserves, delicious desserts, and a selection of fragrant teas. Purchase tickets here.

Explore the Rosen House from 2:00pm–3:30pm / Select rooms of the Rosen House are free to explore during our Open House hours. No RSVP is required; feel free to attend and discover more about Caramoor’s history and founders.

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.