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Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy-winning, artist-run quartet of classically trained percussionists from Chicago. For over ten years, the ensemble has forged a unique path in the world of percussion, praised for “commandingly elegant” (The New York Times) performances, the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings, and “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). The four members are also accomplished teachers and have served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center since 2013.

Third Coast Percussion has commissioned and premiered new works from Philip Glass, Devonté Hynes, Donnacha Dennehy, Glenn Kotche, Lei Liang, Gavin Bryars, Christopher Cerrone, Marcos Balter, and today’s leading up-and-coming composers through their Emerging Composers Partnership Program. They have also been involved in a series of unlikely collaborations that have produced exciting new art, working with engineers at the University of Notre Dame, architects at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, dancers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and musicians from traditions ranging from the mbira music of Zimbabwe’s Shona people and to indie rockers, to some of the world’s leading concert musicians.

Third Coast Percussion’s recordings include five full-length albums, three EPs, and a number of appearances on other releases. In addition to recordings of the ensemble’s own compositions, Third Coast has also created first recordings of commissioned works by Augusta Read Thomas, David T. Little, and Ted Hearne. In 2017, the ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble performance for their recording of Steve Reich’s works for percussion.

Third Coast Percussion maintains a busy touring schedule, with past performances in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland. They also maintain strong ties to Chicago’s vibrant artistic community including collaborating with Chicago institutions such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago Philharmonic, and Adler Planetarium and with Chicago-based composers including Augusta Read Thomas and
Glenn Kotche, and chamber ensemble eighth blackbird.