WILLIAMSTOWN -- Marcos Balter's "dark rooms" will range from thunderous beating to the gentle rubbing of hands on a conga's body -- Steve Reich's "Four Organs" will hold a single chord over the driving pulse of maracas.
And George Crumb's "An Idyll for the Misbegotten," a piece for amplified flute and three drummers by one of the late 20th century's most influential composers, will fill the hall with the rumble of beating and scraping on drums, when the Williams Percussion Ensemble performs on Friday at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall.
The Williams Percussion Ensemble (WiPE), conducted by artist associate Matthew Gold, presents cutting edge and experimental music over a vast terrain of sound and rhythm. The ensemble uses all manner of percussion instruments, found sounds and electronics, and also collaborates with artists in other media and composers.
This performance, "Skins," will explore tactile, sensual, and visceral music exploring touch, texture and surfaces.
Two works by young composers, David T. Little and Williams graduate Andrea Mazzariello ‘00, will develop rhythmic counterpoint with flowerpots, wooden planks, metal pipes, glass bottles and wooden sticks. And, continuing its tradition of working with composers, WiPE will present a world premiere by ensemble member Casey McLellan ‘14 and a preview of the first movement of "Circadian Rhythms" by Susie Ibarra.
The free event is open to all.