Sō Percussion is pleased to announce the creation of the Andrew W. Siegel Composition Fellowship. A two-year appointment, this fellowship honors an emerging composer whose work demonstrates extraordinary promise, and who will receive support and collaborative development in the creation of a new work, culminating in a premiere and subsequent touring of the piece by Sō Percussion. The inaugural Andrew W. Siegel Composition Fellow, active in 2020 and 2021, is Nathalie Joachim.
Of the Andrew W. Siegel Composition Fellowship, Joachim says, “I'm thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with Sō Percussion in this way! It's been a delight to get to know them through my work as a performer, and I'm looking forward to expanding that relationship as a composer. Their skill as an ensemble goes without saying, but I'm particularly excited to tap into their unparalleled willingness to co-create boundary defying work with composers."
Adam Sliwinski adds, “We in So Percussion have a penchant for curious and multi-faceted composers who know what it is like to step out on stage and make yourself vulnerable. Nathalie Joachim is one of the freshest voices out there, as her recent Grammy nomination and recent acclaim attest. Earlier this year, when we were preparing to launch the new Siegel fellowship, we thought Nathalie would be the perfect inaugural fellow. We knew that she would bring a spirit of enthusiasm to our collaboration, and that she was likely to challenge us in new ways to imagine would a percussion piece could be. We look forward to seeing what this collaboration brings.”
Joachim and Sō will work together throughout the next season, exploring and developing a sonic language and then workshopping the new project together. The resulting composition by Joachim will be commissioned through the Andrew W. Siegel Composition Fellowship. Its premiere will be performed by Sō Percussion at Princeton University in September 2021, as part of its biannual concert performances at the Lewis Center for the Performing Arts; the members of Sō Percussion are Princeton’s Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, a post they have held since 2014. After the first performance, Sō will continue to tour and document Joachim’s work in the 21/22 season, and beyond.