Taking Time with…Percussionist David Cossin

Percussionist David Cossin will be returning to our Festival for his second time, but he was just here in Charlottesville last year, in February 2011, when the University of Virginia Arts Board invited the Bang on a Can All-Stars to stay in Charlottesville to perform and teach upper-level music classes as part of their three day Artists in Residence programBang on a Can is “dedicated to making music new,” and their claim to fame is their annual 12-hour music marathon, described as a “collision of new musical styles and ideas.”

David will perform for the Festival concert on Thursday, September 20, at 8pm at the Paramount, playing new works from composers Georg Friedrich Haas, Missy Mazzoli, and Jeffrey Cotton. Cossin, along with Tim Summers, will also be performing at the Bridge PAI, on Tuesday, September 18, at 8pm, for an evening of new music as part of the Bridge’s annual month of sound, “Audio September.” Also performing that night will be the UVa New Music Ensemble directed by I-Jen Fang. Admission to this event is $5.

David has collaborated with Blue Man Group, acted as curator for the Sound Res Festival (an experimental music festival in southern Italy), and invented several instruments, one of which he played last year: the amplified cardboard tube. (In thisinterview, he demonstrates how to use this unique instrument!). David also performed the solo percussion part in the score for Ang Lee’s film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This score, written by Tan Dun, won both an Oscar and a Grammy. One of David’s more recent gigs was playing alongside Sting on his 2010 world tour, Symphonicities. Check out this video for an inside look at the Sting tour and to see David playing with him.

For a more in-depth bio on David Cossin, as well as the other musicians visiting us this September, clicker here.