Andy Akiho talks “Seven Pillars” // NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar

We hope you have been having a fantastic summer! Before we get into some events to finish off this month, we first wanted to share a video of Andy Akiho speaking about Seven Pillars, his newest work for Sandbox Percussion. About a year ago we spent a month at Avaloch Farm Music Institute with Andy workshopping this new eleven movement, evening-length piece. Many of you may have seen our most recent video of Pillar IV, which is the middle movement of Seven Pillars. That video was also recorded during our residency at Avaloch last year. Working with composers and commissioning new works for percussion chamber music is at the core of what we do in Sandbox, and we are so excited to bring this piece to life. Click here to hear more about Andy’s ideas and inspirations for Seven Pillars.

This Sunday, July 21st we are kicking off our fourth annual NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar. For a week at NYU we invite applicants from around the world to study, rehearse and perform along-side Sandbox Percussion. We also hold daily masterclasses and performance classes where we discuss how Sandbox formed, how we are building our career today, and how one can apply those skills to any career in music. On Sunday at 8pm we will be performing an opening concert at NYU in Frederick Loewe Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public. More info here.

On Saturday, July 27th at 1pm we will be joining all of the participants for our final NYU Sandbox Percussion Showcase at National Sawdust. We’re thrilled to be featuring works by Amy Beth Kirsten, Andy Akiho, Erich Barganier, Joan Tower, Julia Wolfe, Lou Harrison, Susan Kander, and this year’s guest composer, Viet Cuong. Tickets and more info for that one here. Use the discount code NYU10 for $10 off!

That wraps up our July. The NYU Sandbox Seminar is a highlight of our year, and we so hope you can join us at one of these performances!

Ian, Jonny, Terry, Victor


NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar Opening Concert
July 21st @8pm
Frederick Loewe Theatre
New York, NY
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NYU Sandbox Percussion Showcase
July 27th @1pm
National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY
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