Adam Sliwinski: Writings

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  • Read – Memorize – Cheat!

    With Richard Goode’s performance of the last three Beethoven piano sonatas at Carnegie Hall still ringing in my ears, I wanted to share some thoughts about how we can get music off of the page and into time and space. The concert was a revelation to me.  I heard Beethoven as the unlimited musician, able […]

  • Creative Collaboration: The Making of Steven Mackey's "It Is Time," part IV

    Time sitsTime standsTime is time… from Isaac Maliya’s Time is Time Several years ago So Percussion had the honor of commissioning Steven Mackey for a new percussion quartet. Steve – Professor of Composition and Chair of the Music Department at Princeton University – is one of the most omnivorous and brilliant composers in America today. […]

  • Creative Collaboration: The Making of Steve Mackey's "It Is Time," part III

    Creative Collaboration:  The Making of Steve Mackey’s It Is Time Part III Time sits Time stands Time is time… from Isaac Maliya’s, Time is Time  Several years ago So Percussion had the honor of commissioning Steven Mackey for a new percussion quartet.  Steve – Professor of Composition and Chair of the Music Department at Princeton […]

  • Our Princeton Year

    With SoSI’s new focus on student composers in 2013, I wanted to highlight some of the work that came out of last year’s residency at Princeton University. For almost a decade, So Percussion has worked on and off with the Princeton composition department.  This year’s Summer Institute is our fifth at Princeton, and many of […]

  • Where (we) Live – Brooklyn (Vermont, PA, Minneapolis, Montana)

    Jason performing with blacksmith Dave Berger at Juniata CollegePhoto (c) Chad Herzog 2012 Strangers All Along   When So Percussion conceives big projects of our own work –  especially those that make it to theatrically-oriented venues like BAM – we always start with a source of inspiration outside of purely musical ideas.  We look for […]

  • Where (we) Live – Taking Notes

    Although only just under an hour long, So’s newest project Where (we) Live is dense, enigmatic, and chaotic.  Some elements – such as the music – are straightforward, at least in the sense that they resemble work that we’ve been doing for years.  But a few other elements are very new to us.  We purposefully […]

  • Here's what I mean…

    This morning, I was privileged to talk at Northwestern University about John Cage.  The 30 minutes of the talk was just enough time to scratch the surface of what his work means to me and to my group.  The over-arching point of my talk was that to many, Cage is still an outlier, a kind of prophet […]

  • Where (we) Live – Finally

    Over the past two years, I’ve written a few essays on “Where (we) Live,” So’s latest collaborative project.  The project has surprised and impressed me in so many ways.  All we really had to go on from the beginning was a process:  to trust that we could bring many voices into the room, more than […]

  • Notes on a Collaboration: Mackey Part II

    Creative Collaboration:  The Making of Steve Mackey’s It Is Time Part II Time sits Time stands Time is time… from Isaac Maliya’s, Time is Time  Several years ago So Percussion had the honor of commissioning Steven Mackey for a new percussion quartet.  Steve – Professor of Composition and Chair of the Music Department at Princeton […]

  • Where (we) Live – now

    A year and a half ago, I posted a blog entry about our project Where (we) Live. At that time, it was in its earliest gestation. We knew very little about what we wanted to achieve, except that we were going to challenge ourselves to reach outside a collective comfort zone. So Percussion was founded […]