Sandbox Percussion and Eliza Bagg
Lauded by The Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” with “jaw-dropping virtuosity,” and “a bombshell of raw-talent” by I Care if You Listen, Sandbox Percussion has established themselves as a leading proponent in this generation of contemporary percussion 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. Through compelling collaborations with composers and performers, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney seek to engage a wider audience for classical music.
Last season Sandbox Percussion presented 36 performances throughout the United States, and made their international debut at the Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente, France. This season Sandbox will premiere a full orchestra version of Viet Cuong’s Re(new)al with the Albany Symphony on their opening gala evening concert. Sandbox will also make their United Kingdom debut in May 2019 at the Vale of Glamorgen festival giving the world premiere of a piece by Benjamin Wallace for percussion quartet and fairground organ. Sandbox will present four separate programs of music by John Luther Adams at Storm King Art Center, Tippet Rise Art Center, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and String Theory concert series in Chattanooga, TN. Other highlights will include a performance of Music for Eighteen Musicians at Emerald City Music in Seattle, WA, and a performance of music by John Cage at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Sandbox Percussion endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumheads.
Eliza Bagg is a Brooklyn and Los Angeles-based musician. Along with creating her own work, she has worked closely with a number of prominent and emerging composers including John Zorn, Michael Gordon, and Caroline Shaw, among others. Her 2018-2019 season includes Meredith Monk’s Atlas with The LA Philharmonic and The Industry, a collaboration with Daniel Wohl for voice and string quartet, a new piece by Bill Britelle with the North Carolina Symphony, small chamber pieces by John Zorn, and new works by Ben Frost, Julianna Barwick, and Angelica Negron written for her vocal trio’s performance at the Liquid Music Series. Bagg has been noted for her unique sound, which Pitchfork compared to "a lovelorn alien reaching out from the farthest reaches of the galaxy."
Other recent performances include Michael Gordon's opera Acquanetta at the 2018 Prototype Festival, touring with Roomful of Teeth, and appearances at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's musicNOW series, Duke Performances, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kitchen, the Guggenheim, Infinite Palette, Alice Tully Hall, Tanglewood, Iceland Airwaves, and the Ecstatic Music Festival.