Kroumata Percussion Ensemble at Gustavus

Posted on March 23rd, 2006 by

On April 2 & 3, the internationally acclaimed Swedish percussion ensemble Kroumata will be in residence at the Department of Music at Gustavus. Their presence here is part of a collaborative effort between Gustavus and Oberlin and is sponsored by the Gustavus Department of Music.

On Monday evening, April 3, Kroumata will present a concert in Jussi Björling Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. With a grant provided by the Ethel and Edgar Johnson Endowment for the Arts at Gustavus, I am pleased to offer this extraordinary ensemble’s performance to you and your students at no charge.

Kroumata is considered to be one of the world’s finest percussion ensembles. Since 1978, they have presented concerts and residencies in over 40 countries, premiered over 200 works and have rightly earned a reputation that places them among the elite music ensembles in the world. The world press uses words like “brilliant,” “remarkable,” “athletic,” and “exhilarating” to describe the live performances of this amazing ensemble. I know that percussionists and non-percussionists alike will enjoy this performance.

The program opens with John Cage’s Third Construction, followed by Arne Mellnas’ Fragile and She Came, She Went, written by Morgan Agren. Following intermission, Kroumata will return to present Iannis Xenakis’ Okho, originally written for three djembes (ancient West African drums) and played on the cajun, a Peruan wooden box. The ensemble continues with Forest of Hands by John Eriksson and Schlagmusic 2 by Georg Katzer.

This performance by the world renowned Kroumata is free and open to the public.


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