Wild Sound - a new project from Glenn Kotche

Wild Sound challenges the distinctions that exist between music and noise, instrument and everyday object, performance and daily life. Composer Glenn Kotche and Third Coast Percussion are creating this new musical work combining field recordings from cities around the world, live performance, and the construction and de-construction of musical instruments on stage. These custom-made percussion instruments have been conceptualized by Kotche and are being designed and built by students and faculty at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Engineering. The field recordings in the work are drawn from Kotche’s international touring as drummer for the Grammy-winning rock band, Wilco. The field recordings create a narrative arc that draws the listener from the sounds of the natural world to the industrial sounds of modern urban life. 

"Wild Sound" is commissioned by the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, where the world premiere will take place on October 3, 2014.

"Monkey Chat" performance clips courtesy of Drummerworld.
Additional footage courtesy of New Music USA, Vic Firth, and the University of Notre Dame.

Glenn Kotche at the Square Room


Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche might sit behind the band in its live performances, but he’s not confined by that position at all — as usual, you’ll find him everywhere at this weekend’s Solid Sound Festival, which opens tonight at Mass MOCA.

This year, Kotche’s musical project with bass player…

Watch Wilco’s Glenn Kotche at Work on ‘Adventureland’ Album

Celebrated composer/percussionist shares insights on LP featuring Kronos Quartet

You likely know Glenn Kotche as the drummer of Wilco. (Alternately, the guy who played faucets in that commercial.) But he’s also a composer whose credits include pieces for So Percussion, Silk Road Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, and Bang on a Can All Stars, to name a few. And today, March 25, Cantaloupe Music releases Adventureland, a 14-track album collecting Kotche’s work for ensembles. Anchoring the set is the seven-movement “Anomaly,” written for and performed by San Francisco’s mighty Kronos Quartet in 2007.

"For the string quartet, I was banging my head against the wall for ideas," Kotche says via statement. "The solution didn’t really come to me until I sat down at the drums. I realized, ‘Hey — four voices, four limbs!’ So I made the cello my right foot, the viola my left foot, and took it from there. When I transposed that, I had the first three movements of Anomaly."

The man is prone to very inventive solutions to creative predicaments, as can be seen quite clearly in the documentary footage above. Therein, we witness Kotche experimenting with springs, toys, and automated machines in order to produce the sounds and compositions that he hears in his mind.

(via Spin)