So Percussion and Matmos

Musical Renegades Recorded Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge on June 8, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Childhood is a magical time when imaginations run freely and we create to our heart's content. Fortunately for musicians, the fun doesn't end in kindergarten art class. In celebration of the release of their collaborative album, Treasure StateSo Percussion and Matmos took the stage on June 8 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, proving that uninhibited creativity can go a long way while making music -- and that even cactus needles can be used as evocative instruments.

It's no surprise that the San Francisco-based duo Matmos and Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion have collaborated frequently: both groups are dominating forces in experimental electronic and classical music and have reputations for being daring renegades, constantly searching for ways to incorporate ingenious, new sounds into unified works. Admired for their crafty attention to detail and creative use of found objects, So Percussion is known as one of the most innovative percussion quartets working today. Rocketed into mainstream notoriety by their collaboration with Björk, Matmos creates music which melds their backgrounds in hip hop and the avant-garde, with much of their work sampling sounds never heard before -- nothing is off limits, not even the sound of an amplified synapse from crayfish nerve tissue!

Listen to the entire concert from (Le) Poisson Rouge above or excerpts below, and don't forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes.

(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Bill Bowen.


So Percussion and Matmos open their show with Needles, a track from the new record, followed by a So staple, Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood and another album track, Treasure.

Rainbow and Extremes

Relying purely on sounds created with H20, So and Matmos continue the show with aptly-titled, Water and Mike In Philly.

Xed Out, Hi-Hat Piece and Flame

Unable to resist the draw of the crowd, So and Matmos return to the stage for an encore, Aluminum.


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