QUOTES & REVIEWS

“Endlessly musical and adventurous…”

 I Care If You Listen

 

“Wielding lightning-fast syncopated stickwork, Sandbox Percussion created a hypersonic morse code…”
– Musical America

 

“The energy in the room was palpable as the audience clapped after nearly every movement—usually a faux pas at any classical show. But what were we supposed to do after each incredible movement? Sit silently?… a stunning display of technicality throughout.”
Oregon Arts Watch 

 

“The coolest thing ever done… a showcase for some of today’s most inventive artists.”
– Oregon Arts Watch 

 

“The quartet has quickly risen to be one of the world’s most prominent and accomplished new music percussion groups.”
– The Oregonian

 

“…strikingly original and frequently delivered with a soft touch.”
– Oregon Arts Watch

 

“Seven Pillars strikes a wonderful balance between timbral and rhythmic variety. It is a real showcase for everything the percussion ensemble is capable of when placed in the hands of four more-than-capable musicians like those in Sandbox Percussion, who exhibited a stunning display of technicality throughout.”
– Oregon Arts Watch 

 

Seven Pillars is pretty much as pure as music gets — it’s only “about” its own structure and self-imposed constrictions.”
The New York Times

 

“Andy Akiho’s 11-part, 80-minute new work for percussion quartet is a lush, brooding celebration of noise.”

– The New York Times

 

“…an incredibly disciplined collective musical intelligence: The Sandbox players execute hundreds of thousands of notes from a precisely notated score when they play “Seven Pillars.”

– The Seattle Times

 

“One was a major highlight was the group’s riveting, stop-the-clocks Gilmore-commissioned performance of a work by Tyshawn Sorey. It was a stunning display of discipline, memory, coordination, use of space and piano as percussion instrument, offering offsetting vibes, gongs and water-glass/tape loop “bells,” all of it synchronized.”
Downbeat

 

“This series included several premieres, among them Christopher Cerrone’s concerto for prepared piano and percussion quartet, which received an exhilarating performance by Conor Hanick and Sandbox Percussion.”
– The New York Times

 

“The virtuosic New York quartet play from memory, so attuned to each other that it all becomes performance art, utterly mesmerising to watch.”
– The Guardian

 

“Focusing on works written, more or less, last week by composers the group knows and works with, Sandbox brought out the immediacy, lack of pretension and high-end playfulness that seems — thankfully — to be revitalizing the world of contemporary music. And their jaw-dropping virtuosity made it all seem like . . . well, child’s play.”
– The Washington Post

 

“Sandbox Percussion let loose like a bombshell of raw talent”
– I Care if You Listen

 

“From the downbeat, the percussion quarter had the audience enthralled with a vigorous zest and machine-like precision. The group was so tight, it seemed that if one of them were to drop a beat, the other three would have known moments earlier and would have already adjusted.”
– I Care if You Listen

 

“With a crust of skills, talent and freshness, these young artists seem to be pushing their limits up in the skys, as I realized listening to them at Yale Summer School of Music. Sandbox Percussion is the promising group of the near future, battering right on your door.”
(Aurél Holló – Amadinda Percussion Group)

 

“Sandbox Percussion are clearly an energetic ensemble with imagination, integrity and courage in their music making.  … Sandbox’s mix of solid technique, musicality and showmanship ensured it was a hugely enjoyable evening all around.”
– I Care if You Listen

 

“The musicians of Sandbox threw themselves into the performance with the energy of youth and the precision of a well-established group, with a program that was both vibrant and exotic.”
– Feast of Music