Art & Design

Nonclassical Presents: Pioneers of Percussion @ Scala

16 November 2013, London

At the centre of Pioneers of Percussion festival, we're taking over Scala for our BIGGEST EVER EVENT. With three rooms of live music and DJs surveying a whole spectrum of percussion-led music throughout the night: tracing the history of percussion in musical modernism, and weaving in music from around the world to tell the full, rich, story of its development. From classics by Varese, Bartok, and Reich to virtuosos from the Indian and Japanese traditions. Meanwhile DJs from BBC's Late Junction and Nonclassical complete this vivid picture with sets throughout the night.


Performers of the scored works include: Serge Vuille (percussionist with London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra among others) & RCM Percussion Ensemble, George Barton, Calie Hough, James Leveridge.




STEVE REICH: Drumming. Reich's hypnotic 1971 masterpiece is given a rare complete performance, dramatically re-situated in Scala's main club space


EDGARD VARESE: Ionisation. One of the first works of its kind, Varese's Ionisation exploded the sonic possibilities of percussion writing. With its sleigh bells, temple blocks, whips and sirens, it remains an astonishing display of rhythm and sound colour


JOHN CAGE: 2nd Construction. Cage's 2nd Construction brings together four percussionists and a dazzling ensemble of water gongs and thundersheets alongside more familiar instrument


AMADEO ROLDAN: Ritmicas. Inspired by the Afrocubanismo movement in the early 1930s, Roldan's stunning Ritmicas stand as some of the earliest scored works for percussion


JOJI HIROTA. Award-wining Japanese taiko drummer performs with his ensemble.


SHAHBAZ HUSSAIN. Fast emerging as one of the most promising tabla virtuosos of his generation, Shahbaz Hussain has performed alongside such celebrated master musicians as Ustad Fateh Ali Khan and Ghulam Ali.


ABASS DODOO. Ghanaian percussionist Dodoo (who currently plays with Ginger Baker) leads a five-piece incarnation of his ensemble ONE-DRUM, drawing on Ghanian and other West African traditions.


SOUTHBANK GAMELAN. Since its establishment in 1987, Southbank Gamelan has gained an international reputation for its performances of traditional Javanese gamelan as well as contemporary works.


DUMTAK. Middle Eastern percussion duo Elizabeth Nott on arabic percussion and Sara Fotros on Iranian percussion, create a fresh and unique soundscape of Middle Eastern rhythm dialogues and their own original compositions.


Admission: £10 - 12

16 November 2013

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings cross, N1 9NL