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Doug Perkins


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. He appears at venues of many types throughout the world and his projects take him to tradition venues like Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall but also less standard places like the middle of Central Park Lake or the Alaskan Tundra. He has commissioned and premiered nearly 100 pieces works and 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 years 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. He performs with Black Swamp Percussion, Pearl/ Adams, Vic Firth, and Zildjian instruments, sticks, and mallets.