A multimedia event of energetic new percussive music comes to Western at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall as guest artists composer Elliot Cole and percussionist Peter Ferry join The Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble, featuring Ferry as a soloist in Cole’s new work for soloist, ensemble, and film, The Future is Bright.
The event is free and open to the public.
“This immersive portrait of Elliot’s compositions is an exciting opportunity for us to draw listeners into his wholly original and imaginative sound world,” said Ferry. “Particularly in this new work, The Future is Bright, beautiful abstract film by Jodie Mack creates a deeper emotional space around the sounds the audience is hearing.”
Cole will also be featured singing in his Hanuman’s Leap, a dramatically percussive retelling of the 2,500 year-old Indian “Hanuman” myth. True to the program’s eclectic nature, this work draws on epic song, hip hop and reggae, throat singing, choral and experimental music to create something both ancient and new.
Composer Elliot Cole is known for embracing unconventional instruments in his works. Among those featured are: a varied array of flowerpots, used car brake drums, an amplified table, home-cut metal conduit piping, and static from an AM/FM radio.
The Western Washington University Percussion Ensemble is led by Patrick Roulet, Percussion Area Coordinator.