Episode 1: David Skidmore from Third Coast Percussion
Our first episode features an interview with David Skidmore from Third Coast Percussion. In conversation with WFMT General Manager Steve Robinson and Cedille Records President Jim Ginsburg, David talks about the group's founding, its relationship with Steve Reich's music, and their new album on Cedille Records. In February, Third Coast Percussion made their Cedille label debut with Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich, an 80th birthday salute to visionary American composer Steve Reich, a Pulitzer Prize winner and founding father of musical minimalism. An album of sonic delights, the recording offers four of the composer’s most celebrated works for percussion. In the magical Mallet Quartet, vibraphone melodies unfold over marimba rhythms. Sextet, almost symphonic in scope with two pianos added to the percussion battery, is full of surprises. The short, Japanese-commissioned Nagoya Marimbas exhibits pentatonic coloration. Third Coast Percussion is joined by eighth blackbird’s Matthew Duvall for Music for Pieces of Wood, played on five wooden slats tuned to specific pitches for an astonishing variety of sounds.
David Skidmore is an ensemble member and Executive Director of Third Coast Percussion. As a chamber musician, David has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Festival, Kimmel Center, EMPAC, June in Buffalo, Klangspuren Schwaz, the Ojai Music Festival, the Bang On a Can Marathon and three Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. David was a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble from 2007-2011 and Ensemble ACJW from 2008-2010. David has performed and collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians including conductors Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas, composers Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Matthias Pintscher, and Peter Eötvos, and chamber ensembles So Percussion and eighth blackbird. David has performed as a soloist in Europe, Asia, and the United States. David has also performed as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Pacific Music Festival, and the National Repertory Orchestra. David is also a composer, and his works are performed regularly in concert halls and universities across the country. David taught for four years on the percussion faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. His teachers were Michael Hernandez, Shawn Schietroma, Michael Burritt, James Ross, and Robert Van Sice.
Part 1: About Third Coast Percussion and Steve Reich, with movement from Mallet Quartet (11 1/2')
Part 2: About Steve Reich's impact, and interpreting and recording his music, with movement from Sextet (15 1/2')
Part 3: About Third Coast Percussion's Steve Reich mobile app and TCP's collaborations, with excerpt from Negoya Marimbas (11')
Part 4: Music for Pieces of Wood as example of TCP's way of interpreting Reich with excerpt, plus information on TCP's upcoming performances (9')