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Instrument Portrait Series: DRUM – Jason Treuting & Steven Mackey


Real Art Ways presents three concerts that explore distinct types of drums. Each concert includes a discussion with the performing artists.

Orpheus Unsung – an unsung opera by Steve Mackey – with Jason Treuting and Steve Mackey

“Mackey and Treuting work so well together, and their communication as soloists and bandmates make the record sound much grander than a duo collaboration would imply. While the opera-as-instrumental nature of Orpheus Unsung may scare off casual listeners, it’s their loss. Consider it another success for New Amsterdam, another recording as rich in ambition as it is in payoff. “- Andy Jurik, Pop Matters (Full review here.)

Percussionist and drumset musician Jason Treuting (So Percussion) and electric guitarist Steven Mackey will present their critically lauded album Orpheus Unsung. A wordless opera composed by Mackey, Orpheus Unsung is idiosyncratic, visceral and cathartic.

About Steven Mackey
A Grammy Award winner lauded by Gramophone for his “explosive and ethereal imagination” – is regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation, with compositions ranging from orchestral and chamber music to dance and opera. Born in 1956 to American parents stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, his first musical passion was playing the electric guitar in rock bands based in northern California. He blazed a trail in the 1980s and ‘90s by including the electric guitar and vernacular music influences in his classical concert music.

The composer’s numerous honors and awards include a Grammy, several awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. He has also been the composer-in-residence at major music festivals such as Tanglewood, Aspen and the Holland Festival.

Mackey is currently Professor of Music and former chair of the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He was the recipient of Princeton University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991. More about Mackey: http://stevenmackey.com/

About Jason Treuting
Jason Treuting is a member of Sō Percussion – a internationally lauded percussion quartet based in Brooklyn. Recent highlights include an acclaimed Trilogy portrait at the Lincoln Center Festival; appearances at Bonnaroo, the Eaux Claires Festival, MassMoCA, and TED 2016; international tours to Poland and Ireland; performances of “man made” with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil; Bryce Dessner’s (The National) Music for Wood and Strings at the Barbican in London; and an original score for a live performance and broadcast of WNYC’s Radiolab with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Treuting has performed and recorded in venues as diverse as the Walker Art Center, the Knitting Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, DOM (Moscow) and Le National (Montreal). As a member of Sō Percussion, he has collaborated with artists and composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, John Zorn, Dan Trueman, tabla master Zakir Hussain, the electronic music duo Matmos and choreographer Eliot Feld.

In addition to his work with Sō, Jason performs improvised music with Simpl, a group with laptop artist/composer Cenk Ergun; Alligator Eats Fish with guitarist Grey McMurray; Little Farm, with guitarist/composer Steve Mackey; QQQ (a quartet consisting of hardinger fiddle, viola, guitar and drums); and Big Farm (a foursome led by Rinde Eckert and Steve Mackey). More about Jason: https://sopercussion.com/about/

Major support comes from the Richard P. Garmany Fund.


Additional Info

$20 Regular Admission
$15 RAW Members