PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES

The University of Michigan Percussion Studio offers a myriad of percussion-based ensembles for students to engage including: Percussion Ensemble, Multiple World Percussion Ensemble and Vencedores, our Brazilian Bateria. Students have the option of participating in all three groups as part of their overall percussion curriculum.  

Percussion Ensemble                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The GRAMMY-nominated University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble has commissioned, performed, and recorded works from a global array of musical cultures. Many of the compositions it has premiered have gone on to enter the standard percussion canon. The ensemble has toured Internationally including successful tours of Japan and Taiwan where it performed with marimba virtuoso Keiko Abe and participated in a televised concert with the famed traditional-music group, Pro Musica Nipponia. The ensemble has also been a featured ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the American Orff-Schulwerk Association International Convention, and has performed in Merkin Hall, NYC. Closer to its Michigan home, the group has often performed as part of the Michigan Music Conference, the Thunder Bay Arts Council’s Artist Series, the Holland Festival as well as a recent “In the Shop” webcast/concert from the factory floor of Black Swamp Percussion.  

The percussion ensemble has several recordings to its credit, including Border Crossing, Imaginary Landscape, Coyote Dreams, and Transmutations and Metamorphoses, all available on the Equilibrium label. The ensemble’s newest CD entitled, Locally Grown, features works by Michigan percussion and composition program alumni, including David Hollinden, Gabriela Lena Frank, Anthony Di Sanza, Kristin Kuster, and Erik Santos.  

World Percussion Ensembles and World Percussion Labs                                                                                                                                                                    The University of Michigan World Percussion Ensembles and their lab components operate on a unique rotation of performance and research content allowing students to experience a spectrum of global styles and rhythmic systems during their undergraduate or graduate residency. The current rotation includes Afro-Cuban Popular Styles, Caribbean Steel Band and West African Styles. The World Percussion Ensemble combines larger, group settings as well as smaller, more intimate "labs" into a true hands-on experience. Guest Artist master classes are also an integral part of the World Percussion Ensemble. Please see our guest artist page to view a listing of some of our past world percussion guests.                                                                                                                                                                             

Vencedores                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The University of Michigan Brazilian Ensemble, Vencedores, is a high-energy Brazilian samba batteria. Vencedores means “Victors” in Portuguese. The student-run organization is sponsored by the percussion program. Vencedores has performed benefits for Habitat for Humanity and the U-M Hospital and appeared on the radio show Radio Free Bacon, in the Kerrytown Market & Shops Concerts in the Courtyard, at the  University of Michigan Spring Commencement at Michigan Stadium, and at the Earth Day celebration at the Leslie Science Center. The ensemble also presents a major showcase performance at the Necto nightclub in downtown Ann Arbor in celebration of Fat Tuesday.

Percussion Ensembles

P E R C U S S I O N  E N S E M B L E  R E P E R T O I R E

2017-2018

Sextet - Steve Reich // So Called Laws of Nature - David Lang  // American Songbook I  - George Crumb // Double Music - John Cage/Lou Harrison // An Absolute Insufficiency of Electricity *WORLD PREMIERE* - Jacob Rogers // Second Construction - John Cage // Pattern Transformation - Lukas Ligeti // Aura - Anna Thorvaldsottir //  Water (III. Todos los Rios El rio) - Alejandro Vinao // Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine - Viet Cuong // Okho - Iannis Xenakis // Fifth Symfony - Lou Harrison // Etudios de Frontera (I. Homage to Nancarrow) - Alejandro Vinao // Dark Full Ride - Julia Wolf // Sculpture 3 -  Rudiger Pawassar // Trio - John Cage // Ogoun Badagris - Christopher Rouse // Blindness - Isaac Shankler // Ordering Instincts -  Robert Dillon // Omphalo Centric Lecture - Nigel Westlake // "Story" from Living Room Music - John Cage // Varied Trio - Lou Harrison  

 2016-2017

Peaux from Plieades - Iannis Xenakis // Pillar IV - Andy Akiho // Short Movement Written During a Snowstorm - Michael Laurello // Threads - Paul Lansky // Ms. Sword *WORLD PREMIERE* - Shu Zhou // Taxidermy - Caroline Shaw // New York Counterpoint - Steve Reich // Mallet Quartet - Steve Reich // Timbrack Quartet - Michael Udow // Third Construction - John Cage // Van Gogh in Space - Steven Snowden // Fractalia - Owen Clayton Condon //  night ligh(ning) - Evan Chapman // March for Two Pairs of Kettledrums - Andres and Jaques Philador // Rain Tree - Toru Takemitsu // Invisible Cities (III. Ersilia) - Dinuk Wijeratne // Sky Ghost - Russel Hartenberger // An Index of Possibility (I,V) - Robert Honstein // Crystal Canon - James Tenney // Tin Play - Per Andreasson   

 2015-2016 

Timber - Michael Gordon  //Six Marimbas - Steve Reich  // Music for a Summer Evening - George Crumb // Workers Union - Louis Andriessen // Jose beFORe JOHN5 - Aurel Hollo // Apocryphal Dances - David Gordon *MICHIGAN PREMIERE* // Karakurenai - Andy Akiho // Fantasy Variations - Michael Colgrass // Coyote Builds North America - John Luther Adams // Feast or Famine - Roshanne Etezady // Cheating, Lying, Stealing - David Lang // Sun - Baljinder Sekhon // Austerity Measures - Nicholas Papador *MIDWEST PREMIERE* // Coming Home - Steve Gisby // Music for Pieces of Wood - Steve Reich // Once Removed - John Fitz-Rogers // Continuum - Gyorgi Ligeti // Quartet Fur Vier Schlagzeuger - Alfred Schnittke // March for Two Pairs of Kettledrums - Jacques Danican Philador // Pele - Kevin Good // A Hudson Cycle - Nico Muhly // Fanfare - Jonathan Ovalle *WORLD PREMIERE* // Ostinato Pianissimo - Henry Cowell // Four Dance Movements - William Russell // Made in America - William Russell // In a Landscape - John Cage (Arr. J.Ovalle) 

2014-2015 

Partita, "Homage a Rameau" - Germaine Taillefere // Improvisation I sur Mallarme - Pierre Boulez  // Improvisation II sur Mallarme - Pierre Boulez // Pulau Dewata - Claude Vivier // Rain-Tree - Toru Takemitsu // Suite for Percussion - Lou Harrison // Zig-Zag - Per Norgard // The Persistence of Past Chemistries - Charles Griffin // Ektal - Akira Nishimura // Gending Bali - Richard Kvistad  // Continuum - John Pennington // Marubatoo - John Wyre // Nordic Peace - Tobias Brostrom // African Welcome Piece - Michael Udow // Mudra - Bob Becker // After Monet's Manneport - Samuel Peruzzolo // Trio per Uno - Nebosja Zivkovic // Voice of the Sun - Akira Nishimura // Ritual Music - David Skidmore // Omphalo Centric Lecture - Nigel Westlake // Topsy Turvy - Michael Udow // Exploration of Time - Ekhard Kopetski 

2013-2014 

Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra - Lou Harrison // Ohko - Iannis Xenakis // Gravity - Marc Mellits **WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE** // Splendid Wood - Jennifer Higdon // Caprichios Enfaticos - Martin Bresnick // Cold Pastoral - Ryan Streber // Hook - Graham Fitkin // Kyoto - John Psathas // Babybot - Andrea Mazzariello // The Furious Angels - Jeffrey Peyton // Qilyaun - John Luther Adams // Toccata - Carlos Chavez // Ionisation - Edgard Varese // Pulse - Henry Cowell // Canticle no. 1 - Lou Harrison // DNA - Joan Tower // From My Little Island - Robert Aldridge (Arr. John Parks & Justin Alexander) // A Forest of Hands - John Ericksson // Tinplay - Per Andreasson // Trio - Joseph Tompkins // Escape Velocity - Dave Hall // Speak Gently - Luigi Zaninelli  // Sleep - Eric Whitacre // Bonham - Christopher Rouse // Danzas Argentinas - Alberto Ginastera (Arr. J. Gramley) // The Loneliness of Santa Claus - Fredrik Andersson // Timbrack Quartet - Michael Udow // Coba - Glen Velez // Preta Porter de Tafeta - Joao Bosco (Arr. Jonathan Ovalle) // Stone Flower - Antonio Carlos Jobim (Arr. Benjy Krauss) // Release - Dave Hollinden // Ogoun Badagris - Christopher Rouse // ...And Bells Remembered - John Luther Adams // The Sharpened Stick - Brett Dietz // Cesi N'est Pas Un Jouet - Gene Koshinski // Septet - Dwayne Rice // Apple Blossom - Peter Garland // Crystal Canon - James Tenney // Double Music - Lou Harrison/ John Cage 

2012-2013 

First Construction - John Cage // Second Construction - John Cage // Third Construction - John Cage // Pattern Transformation - Lukas Ligeti // The Whole Toy Laid Down - Dave Hollinden // Immersion - Dave Hollinden **WORLD PREMIERE** // Vesper Trains - Marc LeMay // Sridulations For The Good Luck Feast: I,II,III - Billy Martin // Orbit Design - Derek Bermel // Whispers - David Skidmore // Postludes - Elliot Cole // Quartet - John Cage // Dance Music from Elfrid Ide - John Cage // Amores - John Cage // Trio - John Cage // Quartet for tom toms, from She is Asleep - John Cage  // Credo in Us - John Cage // A Ceiling Full of Stars - Blake Tyson // Memphis Stomp - Dave Grusin (Arr. Dave Steinquest) // Higuita - Steven Whibley // Mercury from The Planets - Gustav Holst (Arr. James Ancona) // Skylark Orange Circles - Gordon Stout // Platinum - Dave Hollinden // In Time to Come - Dave Hollinden // Quartet no. 2 - Dave Hollinden // Kpanlogo - Traditional (Arr. Lobi/Naranjo) // Variations on a Ghanian Theme - Daniel Levitan // Akadinda Trio - Emmanuel Sejourne // Cinquante Six - Ali Farka Toure (Arr. Dan Piccolo) // Mbira - David Hahn // Jong Kplek Kple - Trad. (Arr. Lobi/Naranjo) // Konnakkol Compositions in Adi-Tala - Trad. (Arr. Dan Piccolo) // Beginning Tabla Compositions - Trad. (Arr. Dan Piccolo) // Intermed. Tabla Compositions - Trad. (Arr. P. Felsman, D. Piccolo and J. Taylor) // Piru Bole - John Bergamo // Jugalbandi - Dan Piccolo //Sol Tunnels - Glen Velez // Palta - Bob Becker 

2011-2012 

Cantata Para America Magica op. 27 - Alberto Ginastera // Threads - Paul Lansky // Angels - Stuart Saunders Smith // Mallet Quartet - Steve Reich // Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ - Steve Reich // Third Construction - John Cage // Music in Similar Motion - Phillip Glass // Dust into Dust - John Luther Adams // Muybridge Cycles - Daniel Koontz // Drawings Set #1 - Sydney Hodkinson // Drawings Set #4 - Sydney Hodkinson // Drawings Set #3 - Sydney Hodkinson // Night Moves - Sydney Hodkinson // Drawings Set #9 - Sydney Hodkinson // Nagoya Marimbas - Steve Reich // Clapping Music - Steve Reich // Clapping Music Variations- Glen Kotche/ Steve Reich // Suite for Solo Drum Set and Percussion Ensemble - David Mancini // One Notch Higher - Bill Molenhof // Square Corners - Dave Samuels // Common Bonds - Jonathan Ovalle // The Heat of the Day - Pat Metheny (Arr. Jonathan Ovalle) // Concerto for Darrabuka and Percussion Ensemble - Anthony DiSanza // Mudra - Bob Becker // Gyro - Tomer Yariv // Concerto for Timpani - Ney Rosauro // Shadowchasers - Michael Burritt // Music for Pieces of Wood (for drums) - Steve Reich/Arr. David Cossin // Part I from Drumming - Steve Reich // Piano Phase - Steve Reich // Apple Blossom - Peter Garland // Sculpture in Wood - Rudiger Pawassar 

2010-2011 

Estudios de Frontera - Alejandro Vinao // Six Marimbas - Steve Reich // Parade "Xuan" - Guo Wenjing  // les moutons de panurge - Frederic Rzewski // For Zero - Kojiro Umezaki **WORLD PREMIERE**  // Pendulum Music - Steve Reich // Moto Perpetuo for Viola and Perc. Ens. - Braxton Blake **U.S. PREMIERE** // Continuum - Gyorgy Ligeti // IV, (Version 1.0) - Johanna Magdalena Beyer // PTA - Dan Piccolo **WORLD PREMIERE** // Trio Per Uno - Nebosja Jovan Zivkovic // States Medley - Bob Becker // Pukul Wainui - Gareth Farr **WORLD PREMIERE** // K'in Sventa Ch'ul Me'tik Kwadalupe - Osvaldo Golijov (Arr. Joseph Gramley) // Sky Ghost - Russell Hartenberger // Voice of the Sun - Akira Nishimura

2009-2010

Speak Softly - David Little // Little Trees - Kristin Kuster // Sun Dogs - Erik Santos // Reckless - Dave Hollinden // Martyrdom of the Basiji -Subaram Raman // Topsy Turvey - Michael Udow // Graceful Ghost Rag - William Bolcolm // Shaken not Stirred - Michael Daugherty

2008-2009

Dark Full Ride - Julia Wolf // Water Percussion Quartet - Tan Dun // Percussion Quartet - Lori Dobbins // Suite en Concert for Flute and Four Percussionists - Andre Jolivet // Sharpened Stick - Brett William Dietz // Music for Pieces of Wood - Steve Reich // Sextet - Steve Reich // Okho - Iannis Zenakis // Elegy: Snow in June (concerto for violincello and four percussion) - Tan Dun // Border Crossing - David Vayo // The Guiros Talk - Dafnis Preito //  Danza de los Saqsampillos - Gabriella Lena Frank // Perfectly Frank - Daniel Levitan // La Muerte del Angel - Astor Piazzolla 

2007-2008

Double Music - Lou Harrison & John Cage // Third Construction - John Cage // Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra - Lou Harrison // Rock Etude no. 7 - Michael Udow // Six Marimbas - Steve Reich // The Persistence of Past Chemistries - Charles Griffin // Apple Blossom - Peter Garland  // Matra - Akiri Nishimura // Handmade Proverbs - Four Pop Songs - Toru Takemitsu (Arr. R. Engleman) // K’in Sventa Ch’ul Me’tik Kwadalupe - Osvaldo Golijov (Arr. Joseph Gramley) // Nagoya Marimbas - Steve Reich // Metro Chabacano -  Javier Alvarez (Arr. J. Barudin) // Omphalo Centric Lecture - Nigel Westlake // Catch Me If You Can - Stephen Kleiman