April 23: Percussion Concert Featuring Sean Statser
The second performance in the Poetry of Sound Festival will feature nationally known solo and chamber percussionist, composer and educator Sean Statser, along with Augustana's Dr. John Pennington on percussion and Dr. Timothy Farrell on trumpet, performing at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required.
The event is sponsored in part by the Mellon Fund for the Visiting Humanities Lecturer Program.
Called "lithe, muscular, and mesmerizing" by the New York Times, Statser, an advocate for new music, actively collaborates with several New York City artists and ensembles including: the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Syzygy New Music, Blind Ear Music, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, and is a founding member of NoiseBox. He has premiered over 50 works to date by composers Jason Treuting, Timothy Andres, Caleb Burhans, Kati Agocs, Vivian Fung, Angelica Negron, John Luther Adams (New York Premiere) and Elliot Carter (New York Premiere), among others.
He performs with the American Symphony Orchestra and One World Symphony as a section percussionist, and has appeared at several venues around New York City including: Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Fisher Center at Bard College, Galapagos Art Space, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Roulette. Statser has also appeared at the Alba Music Festival, In Tune Music Festival, Ecstatic Festival, three appearances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2007, 2008, 2010), and recently performed with Metropolis Ensemble as part of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival, under the baton of Maestro Tan Dun.
Statser has recorded with a variety of artists, such as: jazz pianist Kenny Werner, Metropolis Ensemble, Harold Farberman, and Cadillac Moon Ensemble. He has appeared on Naxos, Nonesuch, Orange Mountain Music, Innova Records, Half Note Records, Albany Records and New Dynamic Records. Also active as a composer and arranger, his compositions are available through Bachovich Music Publications.
Statser received his M.M in Instrumental Performance from New York University and holds a B.A. in Music Performance from Fort Lewis College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. His teachers include Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar, Josh Quillen, and John Pennington. Upon graduating in 2010, Mr. Statser joined the Percussion Studies faculty at New York University. In addition, he runs a percussion rental company in New York City and serves as Coordinator for the NYU Steinhardt Broadway Percussion Seminar/Summit.