For over a decade, So Percussion has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity, pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture. So Percussion’s career now encompasses 16 albums, touring throughout the U.S. and around the world, a dizzying array of collaborative projects, several ambitious educational programs, and a steady output of their own music. So Percussion is heavily involved in mentoring young musicians and is the newly appointed Edward T. Cone Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University.
Not many people can front a rock band, sing Górecki’s Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance Film Festival, and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. But Shara Worden can. Born in El Dorado, Arkansas and then raised all around the country, Worden came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City. Shara has worked with Laurie Anderson, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, David Byrne, yMusic, Bon Iver, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.
For their third time with Newman Center Presents, So Percussion will perform “Music for Wood and Strings” by The National’s Bryce Dessner, written for them and instruments created just for the piece. So and Shara will perform Steven Mackey and Shara’s own “Timeline.”
“Through a mix of consummate skill and quirky charm, this mercurial quartet has helped to ignite an explosive new enthusiasm for percussion music old and new.”
–The New York Times
“My Brightest Diamond’s endlessly busy and enigmatic singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a dizzying blur of creativity.”