Tristan Perich‘s (New York) work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code.
The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.” 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His latest circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010) has received critical acclaim, called “sublime” (New York Press), and the Wall Street Journal said “its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth.” His works for soloist, ensemble and orchestra have been performed internationally by ensembles including Bang on a Can, Calder Quartet, Eighth Blackbird at venues from the Whitney Museum and Mass MoCA to Sonar and Ars Electronica. He has received commissions from Bang on a Can, Meehan/Perkins Duo, Dither Quartet, Yarn/Wire, and others.
As a visual artist, Perich has had solo exhibitions at bitforms gallery (NYC), Mikrogalleriet (Copenhagen), Museo Carandente (Spoleto), The Addison Gallery (Massachusetts), Katonah Museum (New York), Monster Truck (Dublin), LEAP (Berlin) among others, as well as group shows aound the world. His Machine Drawings, pen-on-paper drawings executed by machine, were described as “elegantly delicate” by BOMB Magazine.
Perich was a featured artist at Sonár 2010 in Barcelona, and in 2009, the Prix Ars Electronica awarded him the Award of Distinction for his composition Active Field (for ten violins and ten-channel 1-bit music). Rhizome awarded him a 2010 commission for Microtonal Wall, an audio installation with 1,500 speakers. Perich attended the first Bang on a Can Summer Institute in 2002. He was artist in residence at Issue Project Room in 2008, at Mikrogalleriet in Copenhagen in 2010, at the Addison Gallery in Andover, MA and Harvestworks in New York in Fall 2010, and at the Watermill Center in 2012. His work has received support from New York State Council on the Arts, the American Music Center, Meet the Composer and others. He has spoken about his work and taught workshops around the world.
Perich studied math, music and computer science at Columbia University, and received a masters in from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Percussionist Doug Perkins has been described as “terrific, wide-awake and strikingly entertaining” by the Boston Globe and he has been declared a “percussion virtuoso ” by the New York Times, having appeared at venues of many types throughout the world. His projects take him to traditional venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall but also less standard locations like the middle of Central Park Lake or the Alaskan Tundra. He has commissioned and premiered nearly 100 pieces and works regularly with such composers as David Lang, Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, John Luther Adams, Christian Wolff, Nathan Davis, Larry Polansky, and Tristan Perich. He founded the percussion quartet So Percussion and the Meehan/ Perkins Duo. He also performs regularly with eighth blackbird and Signal.
Doug’s recordings as a soloist, conductor, producer, and member of the Meehan/ Perkins Duo and So Percussion can be heard on the Bridge, Cantaloupe, New Focus, and New World labels. Most recently, Doug produced a recording of John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit for Cantaloupe Music and it is been named one of the year’s best recordings by NPR, the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Boston Globe, Time Out New York, and many others.
Doug’s large-scale productions of Iannis Xenakis’ Persephassa in and around Central Park Lake and John Luther Adams’ Inuksuit in New York City were named Top Ten Performances in 2010 and 2011 by the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Time Out NY.
Doug is the Director of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies, serves with eighth blackbird as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago, and previously served on the faculty of Dartmouth College.
Since its founding in 2006, the Meehan/ Perkins Duo (Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins) has redefined the American percussion duo through its diverse commissions and engaging performances. The Duo has been called “superb young players” by the New Yorker and “gifted percussionists” by the Wall Street Journal. Dedicated to creating a new body of work for the percussion duo genre, to date the Duo has collaborated with composers David Lang, Paul Lansky, Tristan Perich, Nathan Davis, John Supko, Matt McBane, and Jonathan Leshnoff to expand the repertoire and produce eclectic new acoustic and electro-acoustic works for percussion. The Duo has shared this music with audiences throughout the country, including performances at Weill Recital Hall, the Ojai Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, the Stone, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and abroad in Russia and Mexico. The Meehan/ Perkins Duo uses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Pearl/Adams drums and keyboards, Black Swamp Percussion accessories, Remo drumheads, and Zildjian cymbals.
Todd Meehan currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Baylor University School of Music. He joined the faculty in 2003 and was recently honored with Baylor University’s 2010-2011 Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching. His performance endeavors are focused on the creation of new music for percussion. In this capacity he has commissioned works from Paul Lansky, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, Alejandro Viñao, John Supko, Matt McBane, and Jonathan Leshnoff, among others, and has presented numerous premieres for solo and chamber percussion.
In 2006 Todd co-founded the Meehan/ Perkins Duo with percussionist Doug Perkins. Since its inception the Duo has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Ojai Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, Monadnock Music, the Stone, and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, in addition to performing and teaching master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the country and abroad. The Duo’s collaborative New World Records release with the Baylor Percussion Group entitled Restless, Tactless, Endless – Johanna Beyer and the Birth of American Percussion Music, was called “an engaging experience” by Gramophone and “immaculately played by the duo” by BBC Music Magazine. Their second album, Travel Diary, was released on Bridge Records in November 2011 and features commissioned works by David Lang and Paul Lansky, as well as electro-acoustic works by Tristan Perich and Nathan Davis.
Todd began his professional life as a founding member of So Percussion, a group called “consistently impressive” by the New York Times and “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard. During his tenure with the group, Todd worked with composers Steve Reich, David Lang, Evan Ziporyn, and James Wood, among others. He can be heard on So Percussion’s debut, self-titled album released on Cantaloupe Records in 2003.
As an orchestral musician, Todd has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, including performances under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gunther Schuller, Robert Spano, Myung Whung Chung, and Peter Oundjian. He has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, and is an alumnus of the Pacific Music Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. He currently serves as Principal Timpanist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
Notable performance credits include multiple appearances at the Bang on a Can Marathon, the BAM Next Wave Festival, Miller Theater’s Composer Portrait Series, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, and several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. As a chamber musician he has performed alongside members of the Vienna Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Todd has recorded on Cantaloupe Music, New World Records, Bridge Records, and Arizona University Recording’s Contemporary Composer and Performer Series.
Todd Meehan plays Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Black Swamp accessories.
The Baylor Percussion Group is a dynamic contemporary music percussion ensemble devoted to the artistic presentation of the most significant percussion works of the 20th and 21st centuries. A central focus of the ensemble is to foster relationships between composers and performers through musical collaborations and commissions. The group presents regional and world premieres of works by both emerging and established composers and has commissioned and/or premiered new music from James Wood, John Supko, and Jason Treuting, among many others.
The BPG has performed at the Make Music New York Festival, the Fast Forward Austin Festival, the Menil Collection, the Round Top International Festival-Institute, the 15th Anniversary Livestrong Gala, and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. In February 2011, the BPG released its first commercial recording on New World Records entitled Restless, Endless, Tactless – Johanna Beyer and the Birth of American Percussion Music. Jointly recorded with the Meehan/ Perkins Duo, the disc highlights some of the earliest percussion ensemble works ever written, including the entire percussion output of German-American composer Johanna Beyer. The BBC Music Magazine described the recording as “immaculately played”, doling out five out of five stars for the performance. Gramophone writes “The sound throughout is brilliant as only percussion sound can be when each of the players is also, by necessity, an expert in the use of cutting-edge technology. An engaging experience.” And Jeremy Marchant of Fanfare Magazine perhaps best sums up experience by saying “This is a must-hear for anyone remotely interested in the development of music in the past century and is strongly recommended.”
The BPG’s 2013-2014 season includes performances at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival and the 2014 Baylor Percussion Symposium, featuring guest artists Tristan Perich and the Meehan/ Perkins Duo.