The Percussion Collective European debut
The Percussion Collective, founded by the truly exceptional performer and pedagogue Robert van Sice, is set to add to the historical record when it makes its European debut at the Purcell Room in London on Saturday 28 March 2020. Its programme offers the world premiere of a new version of John Adams’s Hallelujah Junction, specially transcribed for six members of the Collective, together with the European premieres of a new score for percussion quartet and electronics by London-based composer Alejandro Viñao and Seaborne, a multimedia work created by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter and videographer Kjell van Sice.
The Percussion Collective reflects the creative vision of its Artistic Director. Robert van Sice, familiar to audiences in the UK and Europe for his solo appearances with, among others, the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Contrechamps and L’Itineraire, launched the group at the end of 2017 in company with many of America’s finest young solo percussion artists. The Collective aspires to emulate the finest string quartets and cultivate the sophistication associated with the best in chamber music-making. Its distinctive approach stems from precise execution, sonic refinement and dynamic onstage communication, qualities associated with the Van Sice school of playing, and from its emphasis on commissioning music that stirs strong emotions and draws performers and listeners into rich expressive worlds.