Sandbox Percussion: AND THAT ONE TOO

The debut album from New York-based ensemble Sandbox Percussion showcases their enormous virtuosity and range in music that spans from the intimate whispers of Amy Beth Kirsten’s she is a myth (with Kirsten on vocals) to Thomas Kotcheff’s tour-de-force not only that one but that one & that too. The album opens with Andy Akiho’s meta-Haiku-quartet: Haiku 2. The Haiku form (5-7-5) is found on every level of the piece, from groups of semiquavers, up to the entire large-scale form of the piece. David Crowell’s polyrhythmic Music for Percussion Quartet rounds out the album, with Crowell himself featuring on guitar in the fourth movement.


Brought together by their love of chamber music and the simple joy of playing together, Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum and Terry Sweeney formed Sandbox Percussion in 2011. A central tenet of their mission as an organization has been to collaborate with composers over long periods of time to write music that stretches the boundaries of what is possible with percussion – both technically and expressively. Rosenbaum explains, “This collection of works represents four of the most meaningful and long-term relationships with composers that we have had as a group. Furthermore, this album is about the first nine years of Sandbox’s existence, and about the music of four people who have done a lot to help us become the musicians we are today.”


You can read more about the music – and see behind the scenes pictures – by downloading the English/German booklet here.