This Saturday, Nonclassical will take over Kings Cross’ Scala venue for a large-scale celebration of composition for percussion.

The Pioneers of Percussion mini-festival certainly isn’t business as usual for the venue, with a string of modern classical works for drummers set to be performed around the space. It’s a varied schedule, flitting from important minimalist works through tabla displays to Stockhausen performances.

Steve Reich’s mesmeric 1971 touchstone Drumming will be performed in its entirety – not a common occurrence by any means – in the club’s main space. Still one of the most forceful and arresting works in Reich’s canon, it’s a piece with plenty to say to those with clubbier sensibilities. Edgard Varese’s pioneering bell-and-percussion piece Ionisation will be performed, as will John Cage’s water gong-led 2nd Construction.

Other notable bookings include Amadeo Roldan’s Ritmicas – “one of the earliest scored works for percussion” – gamelan outfit Southbank Gamelan, and taiko drummer Joji Hirota. Works from the likes of Stockhausen, Bartok, Xenakis and Prokofiev will also be on display, with DJs rounding out the night.

Pioneers of Percussion runs from 8.00pm until 3.00am. Head here for tickets and further details



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